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    Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    I just spent most of the day dusting off the computer and equipment in my studio, and I STILL have more work to do! But it makes for a nicer environment to help support the "creative vibe" in writing music. The dust was thick on EVERYTHING! I think the last time that I did any serious cleaning was two years ago when I upgraded my computer. I don't think I've dusted off my mixer-board since I moved into my home 7+ years ago!! (It still needs to get cleaned, too! LOL!)

    Curious. . . how clean and dust-free is your "working" environment? Do you keep a tidy room or do you name the dust-bunnies that live under and on your equipment?!? LOL!

    Cheers!

    Ted
    Music and humor are healthy for the soul.

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    I "undust" the environment once a week. Incl. vacuumcleaner. There are some old and dusty notes still around, but a closer look told me that they are Beethoven's Nineth. Also his hearing aid needs some extra attention LOL

    Raymond

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    The TWO ingredients for malfunctioning, electronic equipment outside of liquids and food are:


    Dust and Smoke.


    Periodic inspections for these "killers" is mandatory for a working, creative, wanna be there studio.


    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    Jack -

    This is especially true for the workings of the computer. Since cleaning out the "dust-bunnies" from within my MacPro, I noticed the fans to be more quieter. At present, I'm working to take off the film of dust on my aging (but still functioning) 24 channel/8 bus mixing board. Working around those faders and knobs is a tedious task. But not only is that film of dust getting cleaned-off, the board looks almost new again! (which is a nice site to see!). I sorely wish that I can clean deep inside the mixing boards external energy supply unit. I'm doing the best I can to rid it of its dust. It's what's on the inside of the energy supply unit that worries. . . lots and lots of dust. I don't have to worry about smoke, though! Smoke is not only bad for electronic gear, it really does much damage to one's lungs. During my 20 years of hospital nursing, I have seen many-a patient die from smoking-related lung illness (cancer, COPD, pneumonia and even bladder cancer, etc.). Smoke: BAD for the lungs and bad for one's electronic gadgetry.


    Raymond -

    I like your humor! LOL!

    Here's to clean studios and a smoke-free lifestyle. . . for many good reasons!

    Ted
    Music and humor are healthy for the soul.

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    Serious now. Dust is a killer for computers and other electronic gear. Once a week I do the surface of it all and once every three months I open the desktop for a real deep cleaning inside. I really don't have that much of gear to work with. Just:


    • two KRK Rokits 8 inch monitors,
    • the AKG headphones,
    • the EMU 1616M desktop breakbox,
    • mechanical metronome,
    • my electronic piano, covered with a cloth when not needed,
    • the M-Audio Oxygen, mostly packed in plastic when not needed,
    • some external HD's which don't gather too much dust,
    • the desktop which isn't on my desk but below,
    • the computer keyboard and mouse (do you know that the mouse gathers more creepy bacteries than your toiletseat?).


    Everything else is just software. How do you clean software?

    Raymond

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    Good plan Raymond. Desktops that reside on the floor are especially prone to dust. I like your cleaning regimen. I'm a "neat freak," but I don't care what people call me if I don't have to pay for un-needed repairs. And, I haven't in over 20 years of working with MIDI products. Not even a MIDI or video cable. So, I guess we are doing the right thing.

    Ted: Great work cleaning your equipment. It's sometimes daunting to decide whether or not to open a unit up to clean inside if you are not good at that sort of thing. If it has a removable cover, you might go online and see if recommendations are there for user-cleaning. Sometimes Q-tips can solve the problem inside a unit; otherwise, just keep it covered as much as possible.

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: Cleaning up the Studio . . .

    My Mac Pro tells me when it needs to be cleaned.
    The fan on the video will collect a thick layer of dust "wool" on the cooling fins.
    Once I pull it carefully off, it is much quieter!
    MacPro 2.66 - Tiger & Snow Leopard / 16GB RAM / several TB of HD space/ Garritan Libraries / EWQLSO Platinum PLAY / Omnisphere/ Kontakt 2 & 3 / Finale 2010 /DP5/ a VERY patient wife!

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