This isn't so much a question as a story about what I've been up to the last few days. See, as recently as Sunday I ordered up an Alesis 3630. I gather the opinion of it is that it's fine until you want it to "crunch". We'll see how it stacks up with more cheap gear when it arrives. Exciting, really BUT HOW TO CONNECT IT!? I pondered and pondered. Nowhere local sells true insert cables in any reasonable length. Then I had a brainstorm. Instead of using inserts, I could open up some flexibility for myself. I took a pair of 1/4" TRS splitters I've had lying around a while. Cracked em open, and bent the connectors around. Bought a 2m 4 way TS-TS loom. The splitters are now set to (instead of sending T + R + S to both outs) send T-in + S-in to T-out1 + S-out1; and also to send R-in + S-in to T-out2 + S-out2. Confusing. Basically it makes an insert cable. (Expired Link Removed) It's a bit kludgey - yes. The splitters are probably susceptible to going bad at some point. In the meantime, the advantage is that I can choose between hooking it up as a channel insert; or to go from an effect/aux out and back to a separate input - even go from the main outs to amp inputs; without the need to have separate insert cables. Of course, the gear hasn't arrived and so I haven't tested these. But if it all falls apart (the splitters are held by tape) then I still acquire 4 2m patch leads and a compressor. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find a permanent permanent marker.