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safeguarding recording gear from salt water

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Tommy osuna, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    So I just moved to hawaii by the beach it's great but I'm wondering if anyone has any good solutions to help against sea salt getting into the electronics

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hi Tommy, I've read never to buy used gear from there, but I would love to be where you right now. You are blessed. Please send me a ticket to ride.

    You will laugh at this, in a couple of years you will be ITB so who gives a damn!
    Show us the beach! And keep making great music.:whistle:
  3. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    Inb preamps hmmmmm well we will see
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Well except for that
    Keyboards etc etcetera

    Just messing with you
  5. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    Cute well I have my hands full now or the mermaids do :)
  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    How close to the ocean are you going to be?

    I know there have been plenty of studios that have been located in close proximity to salt water - Ocean Way, ( Formerly Western Recorders) is located on Sunset (or at least used to be, I don't know where they are now), along with Studio Malibu, (Malibu, of course), The Blue Room in Santa Monica.... half the studios in L.A. are probably not more than a half mile from the water.

    I have a friend who lives in Hawaii on the big Island, he's a recording musician.... I'll ask him if you want.
  7. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    Great please

    One 1/2 block from the sea
  8. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    The best thing to do is not let the salt get in the gear in the first place. This means a fitered AC with low humidity ajustments and regular maintenance.
    Also, not letting the doors open all day and no recording with your feet in the sand.. ;)

    You could research IT solutions for Server farms, you'll get some ideas
  9. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I did talk with my friend in Hawaii and he said that he did have to deal with it, especially in volume and tone pots on guitars, pedals and amps. Apparently, at home he uses an AC system similar to what Marco suggested; what purpose that serves, I can't say, as my time spent living by the ocean was limited to one year in West Los Angeles near LAX.

    I don't know what he does when he gigs out - and I know a lot of his gigs are on patios and decks - he didn't say.

    I never noticed any issues when I was living there, and I was pretty close to the beach ( only a few blocks away )... Truthfully, I've probably had to deal with more problems associated from my days of working the 10 to 2 at smokey dives around here (and on the road) than I did when I was in California; I have gear from those days packed away in storage, and on the rare occasion when I need to get to a particular piece, I swear to God I can still smell the scent of those clubs that have lingered and burrowed into fabric of the racks and cases... and that's 20-25 years later.

  10. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    I figured ac with filter I was trying to keep the expense down but yes

    Door closed for sure the filter does help for sure

    Cool thanks
  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I don't know if this will be of any help, but here's what my friend John wrote me:

    " Hi Donny! There's a few variables involved here; Hawaii has 12 of 14 climate zones so it depends on WHERE in Hawaii he chooses to live.
    The northern - or windward- sides are horrible for electronics. Trade winds bring salty breezes and lots of rain, and when these breezes hit the island and deflect into the air, they make rain clouds.
    It is not surprising that most recording studios here are on the leeward side, where it's a dry and arid desert. This is also where "paradise resorts" are located, because there's so little rain.
    I live at 1600 ft elevation on the last ridge between the rainforest and the desert, so it's almost ideal - except that this is where the newly formed rain clouds can sometimes creep around the mountainside.
    Where will he be moving to? I've probably been there.

    PS- there are a lot of other important factors that influence living conditions and equipment wear here, so it's important that you find out exactly where he intends to move to.

    Let me know of any other questions you or your forum colleague has. Glad to help."


    I wasn't aware that Hawaii had so many different climate zones. When I think Hawaii, I think warm, sunny, balmy...with beautiful women in their skimpy, tight, little biki ... uhmm... nevermind. ;)
    Also, I don't know what he means when he says "leeward side"... I'll have to ask him about that.
    So, apparently, yes, there is caution to be taken with electronics; the level of protection depends on where you are going to be.

    FWIW :)

  12. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    I live already on the winward side much cooler but yes 10 degrees sometimes it's in kailua oahu

    Well I'm having someone over today that will see if he can make my room air right then I'll have to see how I get the air in clean
  13. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    More info from my buddy in Hawaii...
    "Donny: Ahh... Kailua Oahu. That's where the Prez vacations, btw.
    Yeah, Kailua can be a real bitch on gear. It's where the sea breeze slams into a wall of mountains in your back yard. Unless he's rather wealthy, he's gonna have no central air,
    because power is exorbitantly expensive - most everyone there just leaves their windows open, because there are beautiful breezes... wonderful in your face, not so much on electronics.
    In particular, it's very tough on computers. Invest in DeOxit and back up often: Jesus saves and so should he!
    :) "


  14. Tommy osuna

    Tommy osuna Active Member

    Well indoor air conditioner soon outside air in only that room that I have gear

    Good thing I charge for my service :)

    I don't believe that it will be that bad I never left my gear on anyway

    I spoke to a couple other home studios there this is the way to do it

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