1. Register NOW and become part of this fantastic knowledge base forum! This message will go away once you have registered.

Powering down a studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by redface, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. redface

    redface Guest

    What is the correct procedure for powering up and down a studio?
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    powering up...speakers/power amps last
    powering down...speakers/power amps first

    Aside from that...just throw the big switch. :)
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    shut down the PC and Mac software as normal
    then the amps
    then the big switch

    the mics !!
    remove/disconnect the mics first perhaps
    don't forget the Headphone Amp

    ahh bugger it ... just leave the lot ON .... and stay up all night.
  4. freaky

    freaky Guest

    Good answer, Kev! :cool:
  5. Rosemary

    Rosemary Guest

  6. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    fwiw i think kev may be on to something there or is that on something... i never know... all kidding aside i think the common theme and the way i think of it is while turning on i move towards the speakers and shutting down i work away....
  7. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    When disconnecting condensor mics, do you want to unplug the mic before or after disengaging the phantom power?

  8. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    while ideally it shouldn't matter.... and you may be fine... some pieces (fw1884's for instance) are very picky and it's not a bad idea to get in the habit of switching the phantom off before disconecting...
  9. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Thanks for the info. I have been turning off the phantom power, then the preamp, then unpluging the mic. Glad to hear I am doing it right.

  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    I ... :roll: ... we ... appreciate you

    smoooth aren't I ??

    how many smilies can we use in the one post ?
    :roll: :lol: :? :wink: :eek: :D :-? :( :twisted: :p :cool: :oops: (y)
    :roll: :lol: :? :wink: :eek: :D :-? :( :twisted: :p :cool: :oops: (y)

    33 so far
    I thought there was a limit ?
    run away Kev
    you're increasing the noise floor of the forum
    run away , run away .......
  11. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Well, young lady, we can tell you were trained well!
  12. Rosemary

    Rosemary Guest

  13. Rosemary

    Rosemary Guest

  14. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member


    If Kev bothers you, start to talk about...

    clowns! :twisted:
  15. DIGIT

    DIGIT Guest

    If you have an A/D/A converter and a Master clock make sure it is powered down LAST and powered up FIRST. NOthing like digital clock locking/unlocking to blow your tweeters... :lol:
  16. Rosemary

    Rosemary Guest

  17. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    We are getting pretty personal here, Rosemary. Have you ever heard of "Australian Mad Clown Disease"? Well, Kev had an uncle that suffered from it several years ago. He still has nightmares from it. It drove him to the brink of insanity, resulting in a lust for bipolar power supplies and discrete transistor designs. He still reads schematics late at night with a flashlight under the bedsheets. But we are all better off because of it...
  18. Rosemary

    Rosemary Guest

  19. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    I'm in agreement about Phantom power.......always best to turn that off first (or on last) in the mic chain. Ditto for muting things if you're going to be turning things off.

    I tend to leave as much on as is safe and sane, though, when I'm not working in the studio, at least for overnight and such. I of course turn off power amps, monitors, lights, and anything that could get really HOT, but otherwise, most rack gear stays on or at "idle". Console stays on, ditto for the computers, etc.

    I've just found too many things die during the power-down or power-up process. Some borderline gear just doesn't like the thermal cycling of cold/off and back to warm/operational several times a week. And, the shock of a power surge when turning it on sometimes is the final nail in the coffin for some gear. Best to leave the low-engery drawing stuff on, instead of switching it back and forth over and over again, IMHO.
  20. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    1) Rosemary, I wasn't making fun of you or implicating any kinkiness,
    just joking about Kev and an old thread about Kev and clowns....
    2) JoeH : Have you been OK leaving gear like the console powered up all the time? I live in the "lightning capitol of the world", and could never leave stuff on all the time when not in use. In fact, I obsessively pull the plugs to my power distro boxes when I know a storm is in the forecast ( which is every day during the summer). All I leave plugged in are a couple of UPS's...

Share This Page