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Taking Care of Your Audio Equipment

Taking Care Of Your Audio Equipment

Audio equipment can be very expensive investment for any musician or sound engineer. If you take good care of your audio equipment, it will take good care of your wallet by repaying you with long years of service. We have compiled a list of useful tips to help you take better care of your audio equipment so that it will not let you down in your hour of need.
Here’s a fun fact: Your audio equipment is most vulnerable when it is not in use!
Apart from standard wear and tear of the needle, motor, cords, the biggest damage that can happen to your audio equipment is from dampness, neglect and mishandling.

Mishandling: Beware of Untrained Hands

Do not let non-crew members set-up or dismantle your equipment. Sure, it is great to have more hands on deck when setting up or taking down your equipment but you also risk damaging your equipment in the hands of the untrained. Untrained helpers may drop the microphone or carelessly handle sensitive audio equipment. And when disaster strikes, do you blame someone who was only trying to help?

Cases to Store Your Audio Equipment

As much as possible, try to use transport cases to store your audio equipment. Many of these transport cases have very durable and shock-resistant cases and they also come with added foam padding. Take for example the transport case below — it is watertight, crush-proof, dustproof and it keeps water vapour from entering with an Automatic Pressure Equalisation Valve.
Pelican Transport Cases For Your Audio EquipmentPadded Audio Transport Case
If you are interested in the before-mentioned transport cases, you can easily find them on eezee.sg, a local industrial hardware store.

The Silent Killer: Humidity

Audio equipment should never be kept near damp places or humid spaces. High humidity causes electric contact surfaces to slowly corrode and the more moisture there is in the air, the faster the corrosion. Especially in humid Singapore, it is not recommended to even leave your equipment ‘unprotected’ even for a short time.

Storage & Maintenance

If you store your equipment for any period of time, be sure to store it in a dry place and to use a film of protective material like WD-40 to protect the electric contact surfaces i.e. plugs and sockets. Slowing down the corrosion process will lengthen the lifespan of your equipment. Oh Eezee also sells WD-40 just in case you need it.

Sound equipment are extremely susceptible to extreme heat, if stored in a wet and humid environment. Always store away your equipment in a dry environment.

Also, dust and foreign materials may accumulate on your keyboards, microphone or turntables. If you are unable to store away your equipment in a dry place, remember to at least cover your equipment to prevent dust or insects from entering into your equipment. Termites have been know to decimate speakers made of wooden materials.

We hope that this article has given you some helpful tips to help you take care of your sound equipment. Take good care of your sound equipment and it will take good care of you.