Discussion in 'Recording' started by redface, Oct 17, 2006.
What is the correct procedure for powering up and down a studio?
powering up...speakers/power amps last
powering down...speakers/power amps first
Aside from that...just throw the big switch.
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.
Good answer, Kev!
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....
When disconnecting condensor mics, do you want to unplug the mic before or after disengaging the phantom power?
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...
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.
I ... :roll: ... we ... appreciate you
smoooth aren't I ??
how many smilies can we use in the one post ?
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I thought there was a limit ?
run away Kev
you're increasing the noise floor of the forum
run away , run away .......
Well, young lady, we can tell you were trained well!
If Kev bothers you, start to talk about...
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:
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...
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.
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...
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