Organizer software for studio gear schematics & connections?!
I'm tired of looking for a software where I can draw clean schematics of equipment (each rack represented by a module, each amp or preamp represented by a bubble, etcetera) and cable connections with different colors for connectors.
I don't care if it's a software built specifically for studios or a general purpose schematic organizer that allows all those features.
All I want is to plan cable connections and have a cool list of my gear, even though it's a pretty small & ridiculous home studio!
There has to be something like that! I don't believe they don't use a software for schematization in big studios! Am I alone here?
Not exactly an obvious choice ... but Microsoft Office Visio does a great job at almost any type of graphical charting project. The canned shapes & connectors are easy to modify for whatever your specific use requires.
I haven't done any rack layouts with it but I can't imagine that it would be too difficult. As an example of how flexible it is, here is a channel strip layout that I did with Visio (it took a few hours to get the specific details down, but a course layout takes much less time). The quality is a bit off because of the 100K filesize limitation, but I think you can get an idea of the possibilities.