Heat In The Rack

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Derm, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Derm

    Derm Guest

    I got a new preamp and I stuck it in the rack. The rack has no side, top, or back panels, so theres plenty of breathing space.The manufacturer recommends a full space above and below the unit for ventilation, yet whenever I see those fancy pictures of those fancy pro studios, the gear is always racked piece on top of piece, usually in a rack with side and top panels.
    This pre vents top and bottom, anybody got any thoughts on the subject?
  2. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    All the studios are full of racks of these: http://www.funklogic.com/products.htm

    Great for impressive visuals and rack cooling. :lol:
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I would go for the cooling and not for having your rack stuffed. We try and leave one rack space between each piece of equipment for two reasons. One is heat the other is that some manufactures don't use toridal transformers and their transformers can radiate a lot of hum producing fields around the transformer. Since no two manufactures have their transformers in the same area the hum producing field in one unit could be over a high gain stage in another unit.
  4. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Although I am guilty of rack stuffing as well, I try (note...try) to leave spaces for ventilation as well as cleaning the layer of dust that invariable accumulates...

    Remember, although minimal, that layer of dust also holds in heat.

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