From the latest iMac computers and top shelf microphones to state-of-the-art video equipment and more, there’s no doubt that Studio 300 is loaded with great gear. However, even with the latest and best, each piece of gear has its physical limitations. While it may seem that some gear, such as mic stands and cables, can withstand repeated heavy use, every piece has its breaking point when given the right circumstances. Care should be taken when using all of the gear.
We’ve recently found some damage to one of our audio interfaces. Here is a picture of the circuit board and the inside of the headphone jack. The jack itself is cracked and broken as if the headphones had been struck while plugged into the interface. While the exact circumstances aren’t known, this is something that could have been avoided with proper care and handling.
Here are a few ideas ensure that the equipment in Studio 300 will last for years to come:
- Plan on taking time in your session for setup and tear-down. Rushing while handling gear is a recipe for mishaps.
- Educate yourself and your group about the gear you’re using. Ask the staff if you don’t understand.
- Make sure to run microphone, power, and patch cables so that they are not in danger of being tripped on.
- Secure mics and cameras on their stands and tripods and extend the stands and tripods correctly so there is no risk of tipping.
- When using studio monitors and headphones, turn volumes to a low setting during initial setup to prevent harm to your the gear and your ears!
- When equipment is not in immediate use (such as digital cameras and handheld camcorders) keep them in their protective cases.
- Use care when plugging in power cables, as they are fragile at both ends and prone to cracking and fraying.
Follow these tips to keep the equipment collection in top working order so every person gets an opportunity to use it.