12 Home Studio Necessities #11 – Power Conditioner


Throughout this 12 Home Studio Necessities series, we’ve looked at various pieces of equipment for your home studio. Almost all of them have one thing in common: they run off of electricity.

At this point in your home studio, you’ve most likely invested a fair amount of money. Now you need to protect your investment. It’s time to consider a power conditioner.

If you compare your gear to a car, then a power conditioner would be both an insurance policy and regular maintenance. It protects the gear and helps it run at optimal performance.

You mean a power strip?

The idea of power conditioning is a bit of a new concept for most people. There are plenty of cheap plastic power strips out there. You can spend a few bucks at Walmart and get a power strip with plenty of outlets on it. However, do you want to entrust all of your gear and your computer to a $20 power strip? It’s a question worth asking yourself. (more…)

Should You Leave Your Gear Powered On?

Over time you’ve acquired some decent recording equipment. You’ve got a computer, hard drives, an audio interface, studio monitors, and hopefully a power conditioner. Once everything if fired up and running, is it safe for the gear to leave it on all the time? Is it bad for the gear to power it down a lot?

In the professional studios I’ve been in, the majority of them seemed to leave their gear on all the time. I’ve heard people say the power-on process is more harmful for the circuitry than actually leaving the gear on 24/7.

I’m no electrical engineer, so I really don’t know what’s “technically” best. So I turned to one of my co-workers back at Sweetwater and asked him. Here was his response:

Another Look at Power Conditioners

Tesla CoilPower conditioners aren’t really the most exciting piece of gear to own. However, an auto insurance policy isn’t all that fun or exciting either, but it’s necessary.

I’ve posted about power conditioners before, but it bears repeating, and since you may be re-thinking your studio or wanting to spend some Christmas money on a new piece of gear, it’ll be good for you to think about power conditioning a bit.

If you’ve read my free eBook 12 Home Studio Necessities, then you know I talk about power conditioners as being insurance policy’s for your studio. (You can check out the blog post here: 12 Home Studios Necessities #11 – Power Conditioner.)

What got me thinking about power conditioners was a thread over at the Home Studio Corner Forums where Matt was asking about them. You can read it here.

Jon (@theaudiogeek) over at Audio Geek Zine was a part of the forum thread, and he went on to post a great article about his recent addition of a power conditioner to his home studio. Read it here: What’s the Deal with Power Conditioners?

After reading Jon’s article, I was reminded of another great article by Sean (@keyofgrey) from Key of Grey. Here’s the link: Preventative Protection from Power Surges.

I declare today power conditioner day! If you haven’t thought much about them, take a few minutes to read these various articles.

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