For live performance I could really benefit from some kind of case that holds a laptop and midi controllers with all the cables plugged in and ready to go. Setting up from components on stage is often tricky and a source of stress!
Has anyone made or bought such a thing? If so I would be interesting in hearing all about it
Yes, exactly that kind of thing. I use the less beautiful but very functional akai midi mix which has many knobs. The issue is the same: constructing a setup by plugging things in on stage can be a problem.
Exact dimensions and design would depend entirely on what you want to put into it, their arrangement and dimensions, where the plugs are, and what kinds of room is needed for the plugs and cabling. Hard to make something generic.
I’m thinking a wooden tray lined with foam like any packing case. Probably with a removable lid leaving just the tray on stage. Some means for affixing to a stand. A fancy one could have external plugs on the back for external connections and power. Heat management must be considered whenever you put electronics in a box.
Anyway, you can go a long way to make this situation easier by labelling and bundling your cables. There are products made for cable labelling, but a sharpie and tape or stick-on address labels work fine. Bundle with zip ties. Label your ports or write down the connections on a card, so you don’t have to think when setting up.
Good tip about labelling, thank you. I came across a fun one the other week: I have different colour cables as attempt at this kind of thing, but they had the purpley stage lights on while setting up and all the colours looked identical. D’Oh.