When most people think of rack enclosures for music and PA gear, they picture neat vertical rows of rack mounted electronics and patch bays from top to bottom. While this is their most common use, a rack enclosure is more than just a system for storage and transport. To reserve them only for electronics is to ignore their potential for storing all kinds of items that are critical to the music-making process. That same rack system can house nearly anything that is required to actually use those stacks of electronic components. One of the most versatile options is a rack drawer.
The great thing about integrating rack drawers into your system is you can store items needed to connect your gear in the same rack as the actual equipment. For instance, if your keyboard rig consists of a rackmounted sound module, a digital delay, an old-school table-top sampler, a few stomp boxes, and a DI, you can keep all of the cables and non-rackmountable equipment in a sturdy rack drawer right below your rack gear. You'll be hooked up and ready to go so fast you'll have time to help your bandmates unload.
We also carry rack drawers with inserts shaped especially for protecting specific components like microphones. One popular option with DJs is a drawer partition specifically for media such as CDs. Check out our 3U drawers complete with a foam nest system specifically sectioned to house and protect wireless microphones, body packs and accessories. On the other hand we have customizable foam inserts in 2U to 4U that can be modified to fit any piece of equipment. These are great because they keep your gear secure and protected.
Worried about size? Don't be. Our selection of rack drawers goes all the way up to a spacious 8U. And once you've filled them up with your valuable gear, you won't have to worry about anything walking off. We have secure, fully enclosed, locking drawers constructed of rugged steel. We even carry lockable options in file cabinet dimensions complete with file hangers. These are awesome for merch booths and touring documents like contracts and riders. Why have different storage systems for everything, when you can multi-purpose the same rack enclosures that you know and love?
When you standardize rack systems for everything, it keeps your logistics operation simple. Everything stacks, loads and unloads efficiently and uniformly every time. Plus, these racks have withstood the test of time. They're built tough and ready for the road. On the rare occasion that a rack gets damaged, or you simply need to rearrange, everything uses the same replacement parts and screws.
There are so many options for incorporating rack drawers to accommodate your equipment, you may be unsure of the best configuration. That's where we come in. Call us and tell us what you'd like to achieve. We'll help you figure out which sizes and inserts will best protect and organize your live gear. Once you get used to using rack drawers, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.
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