I have a question about temperature and its affect on equipment. I record in a room that is extremely cold in the winter, and very very warm in the summers. Is there anything bad about this, because I'm starting to get some high end equipment, and really dont want this being an issue? Thanks!
It is a good idea to keep your equipment from getting too hot, otherwise it may be more likely to burn out, or gum up. electronics can get hot, and it is always a good idea to keep the climate relatively controlled from a heat and ventilation standpoint. Is is possible to run air into this room? Might be something to consider. Plus you won't be in the sweat box either.
I would think maybe mid 70's would be a nice temp to keep the room at, nottin hotter. I wouldn't worry too much about the coolness in the winter, unless it's like frozen tundra, probally the summer would be the bad guy. If you were willing to share what kind of room and where, maybe we can come up with some creative answers. Heck I turned my garage into my home studio, and I live in Florida, talk about hot summers..
well it can sometimes be about 0-10 degrees out there in the height of winter... and there is absolutely no consistency throughout the year. Would it be wise in the summer months to have a small air conditioner to keep the room at about 70-75 degrees?
Yes, it would be wise to keep your gear cooler in the summer with a small air conditioner. Keep in mind that if your gear really gets too cold, that will create moisture in your equipment that can also be damaging.
My contorl room would get as low as 30 degrees if I did not run some sort of heat in my control room. It gets as low as 20+ degrees below 0 in my area, and my control room has a door to the outside and three windows. Luckily, all I have to do is leave my console on and the room doesn't ever drop below about 65 degrees
I built a sound insulated box for my pc to reside. In the top of the box I connected a 4 inch dryer vent pipe. The pipe goes through the wall into the adjacent storage room and I installed a duct fan in the end of the pipe. I can't hear my computer fans or the duct fan at all with this set up and the heat buildup is taken care of. Only problem now is with my Octopre. I was going to buy a hotplate to cook lunch on, but the Octopre works just fine. Anybody for a grilled cheese?
0-10 degrees probably won't wreck your gear...probably. I'd keep it warmer if possible.
Military Spec electronics are usually operatable down to like -30 degrees and can survive non-operating environments down to about -40 or -50. Obviously you are not that cold....BUT...your not using military spec stuff either. Most of the consumer stuff we buy doesn't come with low temperature testing...so I don't really know what it could handle. My gut says I'd want it warmer than 0 degrees, but thats just my 2 cents.