Where the eff can I buy a right angle/straight MIDI cable?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Invisible Man, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Invisible Man

    Invisible Man Member

    Messages:
    379
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Location:
    Flint, MI
    I only know of Best Tronics...and, while I know they do good work, I'm a little unwilling to shell out $50 for two MIDI cables.

    I need a short (<3") MIDI cable with one straight jack and one right angle jack. The orientation of the straight end doesn't matter; the orientation of the right angle side needs to fit this kind of plug:

    [​IMG]

    Any ideas? I called Sweetwater, and their right angle cables have inconsistent orientations.

    Thanks!
     
  2. stilwel

    stilwel Member

    Messages:
    2,219
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015
  3. rck

    rck Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,599
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    Location:
    Left Memphis
    here's what I use as well as the $27 3' Bestronics Right Angle Midi Cords: http://www.zzounds.com/item--HOSMID3RR?siid=134250&gclid=CNaFyLDqoMQCFZKLaQodt0YAwA

    Each side is a different orientation, one being a "smile" and the other a "rainbow" like the side you are seeking. Maybe one of these will work for you or you can snip one end and place a straight plug on it for around $10.

    The price of nice Midi cords are something else...
     
  4. jnepo1

    jnepo1 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,188
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2009
    Location:
    Sutton, MA
    DIY. Easy enough to make.
     
  5. MoltenVoltage

    MoltenVoltage Member

    Messages:
    304
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2008
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon, USA
    It's true, but they have 5 wires and a ground, so they are even more difficult than a guitar cable to manufacture. The fact that most people want < 3 foot lengths is kind of beside the point.

    The BestTronics ones are the best I've found, and I've been looking for 8 years.

    The Hosa right angle ones are in a fixed position, so depending on the MIDI Jack orientation, the cable could be sticking straight up.

    The BestTronics cables have an adjustable angle for the connection, which is brilliant.

    .:. Bill
     
  6. 3 Mile Stone

    3 Mile Stone Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,711
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Location:
    New Braunfels Texas
  7. superdave2001

    superdave2001 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,820
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2014
  8. DisasterArea

    DisasterArea Owner, Disaster Area Designs and Alexander Pedals

    Messages:
    1,757
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2006
    Thanks, guys! We buy these in LARGE quantities to keep the prices as low as we can. To the OP: We can get you any kind of MIDI cable you want. Straight plugs are significantly less expensive than the right angle type, so we might be able to save you a few dollars compared to our normal pricing on these guys. Email drew at disasterareadesigns dot com and he'll take care of you.
     
  9. Invisible Man

    Invisible Man Member

    Messages:
    379
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Location:
    Flint, MI
    Thanks, Bill. For what it's worth, I'm splitting the pulse from your Tempode pedal to send it to the Moog MuRF & Analog Delay, an Eventide H9 and a Boomerang III. Loving it! Opens up a ton of new possibilities.
    [​IMG]

    So: looks like it's BestTronics after all. I'll hop to it and get emailing.

    Thanks to everyone who replied.
     
  10. rumbletone

    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,188
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2013
    Location:
    Vancouver BC
    Yep - love these right angle plugs with adjustable rotation. Not cheap, but worth it.

    I wish I would have learned to solder 20 years ago - since I've been making my own cables, everything is custom length and reliable, and costs way less than pre-made cables. When I need a new cable, I can just whip one up - no shopping, ordering, waiting - I just need to keep a stock of cable and connectors, and replenish from time to time.
     
  11. jnepo1

    jnepo1 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,188
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2009
    Location:
    Sutton, MA
    The MIDI Cables that a Disaster Amps sells are from Best-Tronics BTW.
     
  12. MoltenVoltage

    MoltenVoltage Member

    Messages:
    304
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2008
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon, USA
    Love it!

    We just got our first order of custom cables from BestTronics, I just haven't had a chance to take pictures put them in our store yet.

    You can also buy direct from BestTronics.

    .:. Bill
     
  13. darkinners

    darkinners Member

    Messages:
    932
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2012
    Location:
    Hong Kong
    [​IMG]

    I use switchcraft right angle midi plugs, they are reliable and very easy to solder.
    Google them.
     
  14. BT Pro Audio

    BT Pro Audio Member

    Messages:
    178
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Location:
    Tinley Park, IL
    For those of you rolling your own, we offer the cables and connectors in bulk as well - for a pretty reasonable price. The reason I am throwing this out there is that we also offer a mini gauge cable that is perfect for fitting your MIDI cables in your board and rack (much much easier to route).

    Right Angle 5 Pin DIN Plugs - http://btpa.com/05DL5M.html
    Straight 5 Pin DIN Plugs - http://btpa.com/NYS322.html
    Standard Gauge MIDI Cable - http://btpa.com/1192A.html
    Mini Gauge MIDI Cable - http://btpa.com/CA-0363.html
     
  15. rck

    rck Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,599
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    Location:
    Left Memphis
    ordered from BT Pro Audio several times and everything is always top notch from you guys. Thanks.

    I missed where the OD of the CA-0363 mini gauge MIDI cable is listed on your product page and specs, what is it?

     
  16. stilwel

    stilwel Member

    Messages:
    2,219
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    Those Amazon cables are hard wired so if it goes bad you can't grab a soldering iron and fix it. Also, you can't rotate the pin orientation of the Right-angle connector. So if it happens to be oriented right you'll be ok, but I've got 3 different orientations I needed to MIDI-fy my board. These simply wouldn't work for me.

    Plus they are 6 feet long!
     
  17. stilwel

    stilwel Member

    Messages:
    2,219
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2007
    That's a GREAT deal on the Switchcraft R/A MIDI plugs. $2 cheaper than Redco!
     

Share This Page