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Budget Power Conditioning

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Well I recently ran out of power strip space in my bedroom studio and rather than buy another one, I thought since I have major Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS for short) I might as well upgrade to a power conditioner. I figure that I use my computer or sound system every free minute of every day while I am home even if I don't have time to set up mics to record so a stable power supply can't hurt. I am looking for a fairly cheap solution, but still a fairly large step above consumer level strip conditioners.

    At first I was looking into this unit.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SS6Block/

    But then someone recommended this to me.

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    And it looks good, other than the fact that I will need to also purchase a rack... and seeing an empty rack will make my OCD hurt... so I'll have to fill it :rolleyes:
     
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Wow, this site really died since the update.
     
  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You think so? You think that people don't like the new format or is it that right after the swap my favorites marker did not direct me to the site I got a "webpage could not be found" message. After I updated the address no problems. I sometimes don't answer threads that I don't have anything of signifigance to say (sometimes I do much to everyone's chagrin) and I don't really know anything about power conditioners. How's the new cabinet? Inspiring you or what? I noticed you have not posted any recordings since you got it I kinda figured you were having too much fun playing it or is that life is getting in the way of fun?
     
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    The cab is amazing, I can't say enough good things about it. I actually do have quite a few recordings with it, I just never really got a lot of hits here when I posted. I kind of got the message that this is more of a serious business kind of site than a social forum, so yes I haven't really posted here in a while. Thanks for the interest :D Here are a few jams I have done recently (jams as in more of a practice session than serious recordings)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDowWsUI2rM

    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=8628424

    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=8611936

    The last one was before I found good amp EQ settings and the mic position got whacked out of position and I didn't realize it, but it was a fairly good take on an extremely technical arrangement of mine. The first two though are after I finally had the cab broken in and the amp tuned. Let me know what you think.
     
  5. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Well that's a huge improvement in tone and sound. So what amp are you using now? Because in the youtube clip it looked like a marshall head.
     
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Yes it is a Marshall that I used in the clip. It's my old AVT50. I recently swapped out the preamp tube, not a huge difference, but hey, it's not stock anymore, so that's cool. I bought the Mesa cab for myself this christmas and this year I am saving up for a new 2010 Dual Rectifier which I will buy next christmas :D Man, I can't wait, I love that amp and from what I hear they made the new 2010 models better.

    It seems I have dialed in my AVT50 and found some pretty comfortable settings finally. One thing that I do not like about it though is that when you turn it up past 5 the tone basically falls apart. I can't describe it, it's like then the modeling circuit kicks in and they put too much modeling in it and it doesn't retain the amp's natural tone. My Tube Works head is better at louder levels because it doesn't sag as much and is quite a bit louder than the AVT, but the tone isn't as good. At least I don't gig now or anything because my stuff is great for bedroom play and not much else. But when I get that Recto... :redface:
     
  7. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    I don't know if you got an answer for this but personally I just use a Juice Goose for my guitar rig and for my DAW, processing rack and everything else, I use an UPS by APC and it's been fantastic for like 6 years now. You can pick them up at OfficeMax inexpensively...look for sales on them all the time.

    APC Back-UPS ES Device - 750VA
     
  8. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I've found the level of filtering in the ETA Systems PD-8 rackmount power conditioners to be a lot of bang-for-the-buck for straight ahead line filtering and surge protection. (no voltage regulation or UPS) The Furman M-8x is also a pretty decent dollar value in the same price range. If you shop, you should be able to find either one for about $60 new.

    UPS is a VERY good idea for your computer and drives. I need to replace my UPS, the battery has crapped out after about 3-4 years, (which is to be expected), I'll look into the APC.
     
  9. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I agree with Hawk.ETA stuff is very good. I used to work in the medical technologies field (15 years+) and saw how bio-med gear had to be built to comply with the regulations/demands of that industry. ETA gear has that same engineering and build quality, no hype or over-priced marketing schemes. All of my conditioner strips are ETA, they have seen some crazy situations but always have hung in there.
     

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