Studio rewiring and cleaning

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by Opus2000, Jul 31, 2002.

  1. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    This is for you DoubleHelix....I know how much you love redoing the setup and so forth and thought I'd throw this one in just for the shits and giggles...and also to mix it up!! ha ha ha ha ha
    Anyways, Sunday I cmpletely tore all cables, equipment and so forth out from the setup and re laid all the cables down...of course vaccuumed the enitre desk area in and around as well...I think what may be a cool idea that most people don't do it use twist ties to help keep cables together...since zip ties are a one time shot, twist ties can be reused and opened up to add more to it! Brilliant you say! Right O! lol
    I laid all the power cables and tied those together than did all the computer peripheral cables(Mind you I use three computers with a 4th on the way that all share one monitor, keyboard and mouse) and then did all the audio cables together...surprisingly enough there were three times as many power and computer cables than audio...since I don't use outboard gear and most of my audio stuff is in one rack...
    It's sooo nice and clean now!
    The quesiton remains is how long till I have to do it all over again!!
    Just a fun post!
  2. ChrisStuckey

    ChrisStuckey Guest

    Velcro straps are even better. You can usually get them at music stores ie; tower, virgin, camelot etc., or hardware stores alot of times. Much bigger than twist ties, & more aesthetic.
  3. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Hey Gary! It is about time!!! Hehe...I am proud of you son!

    I did that same thing about 2 months ago, and what a difference it has made to my sound (not really, but it makes me feel better!). I also at the same time had a whole new dedicated 20 amp filtered circuit added to my breaker box, and had wire run to the studio with a whole new set of wall plugs dedicated to the studio...clean and quiet!!! :D

    It really bothered my to have the power and audio cables so close together, which inevitably (sp?) happens when you add new bits to your a hurry to try it out, etc. I finally completely redid mine, and I also found that I had a bunch of power cables, and very few audio cables outside of my racks and mixer! I also re-wired all my racks however, and there is a ton of audio and a ton of power cables in there that needed re-routing though!

    I have also pretty much standardized on Velcro cable ties too...easy, and no fuss, no muss...I get mine from Home Improvement Stores (in the US, that means Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) in the electrical supply area. They work great, and are a *lot* cheaper than the ones that sold in music stores/catalogs.
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001 is a good feeling about a clean wired studio indeed.
    I will have to grab some velcro straps we have here at work(more free
    I'll take some pictures of what I did and my whole setup with the networking thang and all...
    I'll do that this weekend....
  5. BrockStapper

    BrockStapper Guest

    Just another helpless tip! I recently found these little tiny bungee cords. These things rock! Perfect for hanging your mic cables on the wall in a neat fashion. They are about 3 or 4 inches long and come in packages of 6 for about a buck.
  6. ChrisStuckey

    ChrisStuckey Guest

    These are cool too.

    cable depot
  7. BASSsic

    BASSsic Guest

    Heh, last Sundday i did the exact same thing, major studio rewire and clean out, I even found an old Tascam 4 track portastudio which i forgot I had :)
  8. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    May 8, 2001
    Brisbane, Australia (originally Boulder, CO, USA)
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    What the hell were you thinking?!? CLEANING?!? the STUDIO?
    Have you gone MAD?

  9. When I redo my studio, more so in the past, since I've less equipment now, I still open up everything and treat every trim pot, removable connector, all I/O, AC power inlets/plugs and all audio plugs/jacks with "Cramolin" in its various forms. It is absolutely true that I can obtain measurable differences in dB, S/N etc.
    For info on the product search for Caig Laboratories.
    Phil M.
  10. Caig Laboratories
  11. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    Guise, if you really want to go total neatnik, try this stuff.

    I use it in the rear of racks, down each side and across bottom/middle/top. I run Audio on one side, power and midi on the other, and come into racks in the middle for audio, bottom for power. Keeps things neat while letting you remove one piece of gear without undoing a bunch of tye wraps. Cables can exit through the fingers wherever you want, just lay everything in the way you want it and snap on the cap. It ain't cheap, runs about $5 a foot - but you only gotta buy it once... Steve
  12. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    OK you buy it directly from the manufacturer at the web site you posted?

    It talks about minimum quantities required to order. It also says if you buy qty 1-9, the price is $108 for a 6-foot piece, but I guess you get four 6-foot sections for that price, is that right?

    Stuff looks pretty cool...thanks for the tip.
  13. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    very nice...I like the "click to enlarge" option...yeah it enlarges it alright...NOT! lol
    it just puts it to a blank page with it in the same size! silly I tell you...silly!
  14. Tore Nylund

    Tore Nylund Guest

    A question to Opus about this:
    How do you do that?
    Lan, switch or what?
    I would really like to have 2 computers with just one monitor, keyboard and mouse, but I don't have a clue how do it the best way.
    I'd be very grateful for some good advice here.
  15. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Hey Tore
    It's called a KVM switchbox. Keyboard, Video and Mouse. It allows you to share one of each between multiple computers!
    Belkin makes some nice ones that allow you to press the scroll button twice and it automatically switches for you!
  16. Tore Nylund

    Tore Nylund Guest

    Thanx again Opus , now I can keep my old computor for copying CD's and for the webmaster tasks.
    So now I can go for just 1 optical drive on my DAW, just the CD-writer as you sugested earlier.

    It's such a joy to enter RO... :w:
  17. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Well...I have done it again! I just integrated my new patch bay, and had to re-wire the whole friggin' studio...*again*!!! But man, this time, it is soooooo sweet with the patch bay! It cost me a small fortune in cables, and about 3,647 hours to re-wire and re-route everything*!!! :) I have even left a couple of open slots for a new piece of equipment that I have my eye on (an RNC compressor). It will always be a "work in progress", but for now, I am pretty excited! I actually still have a couple more cables to buy/make, but it is 95% done!!! :D

    And to top it all off, I added a new monitor to the computer as is a NEC 19" LCD screen that kicks some major butt! I am running a dual-monitor system, and when recording guitars, I can now turn off the CRT screen, and only have the LCD screen on so I don't get the pickup buzz from the CRT. The cool thing is that I can still see what is going on with the software. Before, I had to turn off *both* monitors, press record, and *hope* everything was working OK!

    I am jazzed!!!

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