myVolts Intros Candycord Halo Light-Up Patch Cables

myVolts has launched a Kickstarter project for Candycord Halo light-up patch cables.

The cables are designed to be used with modular, semi-modular, CV controllers and even guitar pedal expression ports. They have illuminated rings around the plug, with bi-color LEDs that react to the amplitude and polarity of your CV signals.

The cables are available in a wide range of lengths and colors, plus some specialty options like right angles and curly cables.

Pricing and Availability:

Candycord Halo cables are available to project backers, starting at about $20 for two cables.

Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk. See the project site for details.

24 thoughts on “myVolts Intros Candycord Halo Light-Up Patch Cables

  1. Friends don’t let friends plug LEDs into the signal path of their instruments. If you want blinky lights in your studio, hang up a cheap set of LED string lights from Amazon.

  2. These look cool to me and in bulk they are less expensive than what I’ve been paying for regular cables.

    Question, though, would these draw enough power to impact scaling of quantized control voltages?

    1. if you use a 1 volt/octave protocol 10mv drop is equal to one cent – the voltage drop won’t be constant either; so, you can’t tune it accurately. but you could use it on any number of non-pitch related CV’s of which your ear is not sensitive. for most musicians relative pitch is the most accurate ‘sense’ we have.

      1. Even if you do use these with a quantised V/oct signal – the voltage drop only effects the range of pitch available to you – not the pitch of individual notes

        1. That’s not how voltage drop works

          It doesn’t remove 1 cent from each available note

          It removes 10mv from the available +/- 5V range of CV

            1. but its usually mono with modulars, even vintage analog synth can drift a couple of cents and this cables will not necessarily drift, only attenuate the signal a little, its possible that this attenuation will be even less significant than a long cable. also in a rare case that it will make a difference just use a regular cable or enjoy its effect…

  3. I have a bunch of LED cables by Leaf Audio and I find them very helpful. Whenever I am unsure if there actually is a signal or if the signal behaves the way I think it should, I plug in an LED cable and instantly see what’s going on. With complex patches it can also help to get an understanding of the signal flow if you see how one patch point reacts to the next one etc. So vanity aside, they can be helpful to visualize things in a smaller setup without buying on oscilloscope.

    1. using a VCO instead of an LED would tell you more; the ear is more sensitive to relative pitch than the eye is to light, and everyone already has one of those. maybe that’s just to simple for folks.

      thanks to KSS for this observation!

      1. And when the VCO does nothing although it should, I plug in the LEDs to see if there is actually a voltage. It’s okay If that’s too simple for your taste, you absolutely don’t have to buy these.

      2. Using a VCO won’t work for gate signals and doesn’t seem like an approach that would scale well at all, where you could use these cables everywhere, if you wanted to.

      3. Plugging an unquantized CV signal into a VCO isn’t going to tell you anything about relative pitch unless you happen to have Hertz accurate frequency detection – which probably nobody on earth has

  4. 75,- for 8 cables. For 75,- I’ll buy a bag full of mini jacks in every lenght you could possibly dream of. These guys are gonna be rich if this becomes a thing. lol

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