[sdiy] Cable Label choices and Preparation Methods

Ben Riggs benalog1977 at gmail.com
Tue May 25 11:07:27 CEST 2021

Heat shrink label cartridges are available for some types of label printers, the one we use at work is a Brother P-touch. If you have a label printer, check to see it there is a shrink label cartridge available.


> On 25 May 2021, at 1:33 pm, Tom Farrand via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> I finally have the makings for a smaller-studio in my basement.  Recently I received a batch of cables of assorted descriptions such as "guitar cables", MIDI cables, various other audio cables, and cables dedicated to a Mackie mixer from assorted gizmos as well as dedicated wiring to things like equalizers, reverbs, vocoder, etc.
> How does one identify cable ends such that the device connection is uniquely identified as "AF OUT BassStation" or other identity.  I was planning to mark each cable end using Panduit LJSL11-Y3 labels.  These work a treat, are printed on a laser printer exactly as one would want, and I have used these commercially in the control panel business for labeling "inside" wiring on various control systems.  My issue is that these label blanks are rather expensive and are only sold in quantities of 1,000 labels at the minimum.  There are 28 label blanks on each 8.5" x 11" sheet.  (You can print only one label per pass or the whole sheet of 28.  Your choice.)  A thousand labels cost about $350.00.  That's a lot of money for labeling cables.  Sure, these Panduit labels work a treat but damn, $350 is a lot of dough for labeling.  But I do want something that is bullet-proof in readability, and won't discolor over long periods of time.  And I sure don't want any gooey adhesive that will migrate over time due to heat, humidity, or other environmental issues.
> As a very late-comer to the party, I have no idea what others do for labeling that does not cost a fortune, does not take 20 minutes to label one end of a cable, and won't destroy itself over time.  Since I bought commercially made cables and snakes, there is no opportunity to affix a label on a cable end unless the label can be applied circumferentially to a cable near the connector.  Using a heat-shrink gun and some shrink tubing won't cut it unless there is a secret I don't know about!
> Any ideas are welcome!  Sometimes a couple of ideas might be merged to devise something new as a solution.
> I would have made my own cables and this problem would not exist.  Trouble is, I now have arthritis that is quite painful and I have a "trigger finger" on each hand.  This is rather debilitating but I figure I can fix my musical mistakes, more or less in post.  (Wishful thinking?  Probably.)  I am now an old guy with white hair.  This whole bit of nonsense is the fault of Robert Moog.  After he gave a lecture at NIU back in 1973, I had the privilege of discussing the future of synthesizers with Dr. Moog for about an hour, post-lecture.  Wow! We chatted uninterrupted for an hour!  What a very generous and kind person he was.  I was shocked to notice that none of the attendees of Dr. Moog's lecture had a clue of just who was Robert Moog!  My chat with the good doctor was surprisingly one-on-one!  The lecture hall was devoid of attendees except for myself, and the head of the physics department in a local college near Motorola (where I was supposed to be working that day!)
> Many thanks for any suggestions that might be offered.  Appreciated!
> Tom Farrand - now retired in rural Indiana
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