My cord bag....personal zen.

Jeff Romard

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Once I close the lid on my properly packed cable box, I think the cables have a meeting to discuss who will go where - because when I open it back up, they are all rearranged.

I got this problem too...I actually have 4 wire bags 3 active and one for extra spares at home. One goes with each set of gear that is still in use and one holds any combination of wires and the video cables and the lycra screen and a bunch of other stuff I'll likely never use but need to prevent me from having an anxiety attack LOL
 

Dj Nightmare

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I can’t let any volunteers help with my equipment at all, that is my nephews job. I can over under cords very fast so doing them properly at the gig is vital to me I don’t want to see them anymore until it’s time to use them again.
 

djcrazychris

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I carry a single large gig bag like this one...



... It does not have dividers in it however, so I use a number of different sizes and colors of packing cubes to keep different types of cords and cables organized. They look like this...

Nice! I use a couple that size...one has electrical...the other dmx and xlr...color coded. Mainly carry the dmx for an emergency if my wireless stops working

I may carry too many cables... but better safe than sorry

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wifedj

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But you don't usually get to Right Often, without being Wrong Often as well ...
I do not concur, but in retort and to quell your contrarian penchant, I offer, "Right Invariably > Wrong Incessantly"

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steve149

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I do not concur, but in retort and to quell your contrarian penchant, I offer, "Right Invariably > Wrong Incessantly"

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I don't concur with your non-concurrence ..

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. Winston Churchill
 

steve149

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Yes and also, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.” Eleanor Roosevelt
I try ... I now know what to DO and NOT DO in New Jersey.
 

Hank Davidson

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There is a level of satisfaction to organizing anything. But personally, I don't purchase gear with a "willy nilly" factor in mind. The two-finger twist and coil can be done nearly as fast as bunching or the dreaded elbow-to-fist.

I can count on one hand the amount of times that I required an assistant in my 25+ years as a DJ. When I do, they follow my lead. I think that the average DJ has a self manageable setup. Sometimes bigger is necessary, but it's not always better. If I can't break down my rig properly and efficiently, something's got to change.

:cheers: cheers.
 

djcrazychris

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to clarify... my cords are not put away in a tangled mess... nor are they wound in a destructive manor by me or a helper... they are stacked in the bags..... but my pre gig system is to bungee ball each one neatly... and organize them by the color coding ive created... but i find personal enjoyment in doing that part myself...its an ocd ritual... we could take our sweet time at the end of the night at a gig....i have an hour and a half load out clause in my contract.... but at some of my gigs... a planner....venure rep...or at times even the client are waiting patiently for me to load out... and contrary to popular belief...im not a big a$$hole ...lol... so normally i try and cut down the load out as best i can...considering that i enjoy cord management in my time off... its a logical choice to cut... its certainly my perogative as my own boss...and i can promise you ...does not make me unprofessional.

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wifedj

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Mar 20, 2008
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The two-finger twist and coil can be done nearly as fast as bunching or the dreaded elbow-to-fist.
I concur and my 20+year old, still functioning properly cables agree and confirm.

When I see the elbow method, even when it is a worker wrapping up an extension cord, I cringe liek nails on a chalkboard..
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djmm

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at some of my gigs... a planner....venure rep...or at times even the client are waiting patiently for me to load out
Our load out times at weddings, with our largest system, is 25-30 minutes. That includes wrapping cables. Why does it take some of you so long?
 
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Ausumm

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to clarify... my cords are not put away in a tangled mess... nor are they wound in a destructive manor by me or a helper... they are stacked in the bags..... but my pre gig system is to bungee ball each one neatly... and organize them by the color coding ive created... but i find personal enjoyment in doing that part myself...its an ocd ritual... we could take our sweet time at the end of the night at a gig....i have an hour and a half load out clause in my contract.... but at some of my gigs... a planner....venure rep...or at times even the client are waiting patiently for me to load out... and contrary to popular belief...im not a big a$$hole ...lol... so normally i try and cut down the load out as best i can...considering that i enjoy cord management in my time off... its a logical choice to cut... its certainly my perogative as my own boss...and i can promise you ...does not make me unprofessional.

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Chris
Don't feel the need to "explain yourself" or your methods.
If it works for you, your customers are happy, and no one gets hurt...
you should continue to pursue your personal zen wherever you can find it.

I can over/under really fast so I can still be out within 45 minutes no matter how big the setup is generally.
Me too.
Heck, I find myself wrapping EVERYTHING with the over/under...
tt's to the point where I don't even realize I'm doing it!
(my wife had a cord problem with her vacuum cleaner last weekend)
 

djtaso

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Our load out times at weddings, with our largest system, is 25-30 minutes. That includes wrapping cables. Why does it take some of you so long?
Depends on what your “large” setup is. My small setups take about 40 min and my large setups can be up to 1.5 hrs. A small setup is audio and 2 heads. A large set up for me is 4-6 heads with trussing, photo booth, 30-40 uplights, 2 TVs with a multimedia station, co2 equipment, sparklers, step and repeat banners, monogram, and of course audio.
 
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djcrazychris

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Depends on what your “large” setup is. My small setups take about 40 min and my large setups can be up to 1.5 hrs. A small setup is audio and 2 heads. A large set up for me is 4-6 heads with trussing, photo booth, 30-40 uplights, 2 TVs with a multimedia station, co2 equipment, sparklers, step and repeat banners, monogram, and of course audio.
We always get out within an hour...even if its just my wife and i... my contract stipulates an additional fee if set up or break down absolutely has to be immediate (under a half hour) that pays me for the added man power.... other than specific occasions like that...i normally dont bring in a crew... its overkill. But bagging or flightcasing moving heads...bagging high end front boards...breaking down truss...etc all take a few minutes... for a large set up it just takes time... cords are probably the most time consuming.... so i made an educated choice to shave my time there. works fantastic for me.

im sure i could switch to a gig bar or something that breaks down in a flash...but honestly...thats just not the image im going for... Fisher Price:my first light show

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