Cable Recommendations

USB Power Cables for Desktop Gear

Not all USB A to USB B cables are the same.  Many of the longer USB A to USB B cables on the market are designed to connect a printer to a computer.  These cables only need to carry data and are not designed to carry power.

The 1010music portable desktop products, like bluebox and blackbox, use a USB A to USB B cable to supply power to the device.  The standard cable that comes with the product is designed to carry power.  But sometimes power cords get misplaced or damaged, or a different length cord is needed.  If you try to use a cable that is not designed for power, the product may seem fine at first, but as you make it work harder you may start to see and hear glitching and your recordings may not record properly.  We have done some testing with 3rd party cables, and we feel comfortable recommending the Chroma Cables from DJ Tech Tools. These cables come in various colors. You can buy them on the DJ Tech Tools website, and on Amazon.com.  You can find a list of worldwide retailers here: https://store.djtechtools.com/pages/djtt-product-dealers.

TRS Cables for MIDI and Stereo Audio Connections

1010music products use TRS cables for MIDI connections and for stereo audio connections.  If you are using TRS for MIDI, you should be aware that there are two different standards used for TRS for MIDI and you need to use an adapter if you are connecting two devices that use different standards.  Read our KB article about TRS MIDI to learn more about this.

The same cables can be used for TRS MIDI and TRS stereo audio. For TRS stereo audio you may also want a cable that breaks the signal out to two different mono connections with the left and right channel split between them.  This can allow you to connect two mono audio signals to one stereo audio jack. With some of our products, the jacks are close together so you need to find cables with small heads.  Here is a list of cables that we have tried that work.  There are many other cables out there that will work, this is just a list to get you started.

Product Second End Length Where to Buy
3.5 mm Stereo Breakout
by cablesonline.com
3.5 mm
dual mono
3 ft Amazon
3.5 mm Stereo Breakout
by cablesonline.com
 3.5 mm
dual mono
6 ft Amazon
TRS mini stereo to dual 1/4″
Heavily braided cable
by UGREEN
1/4″ TS
dual mono
3 ft, 6 ft, 10 ft, 15 ft Amazon
UGREEN
3.5 mm TRS Patch Cables
by 1010music
3.5 mm
TRS stereo
30 cm, 60 cm 1010music
TRS to MIDI 5 Pin DIN
by 1010music
Male MIDI
5 Pin DIN
4 ft 1010music
TRS to MIDI 5 Pin DIN
by 1010music
Female MIDI
5 Pin DIN
22 cm (8.5″)  1010music
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