You know what ubiquitous piece of audio gear nobody ever talks about? Rack rails. Yet they bear the weight of everything that makes music go. How many of those mega festivals would continue happening if rack rails suddenly ceased to exist?
Fortunately, there is one place where rack rails get their due, and that's here at Sweetwater. We know that with all the abuse these things take, eventually they need replacing. They get bent, their threads get stripped out, they get scratched and marred, or sometimes the endless mechanical stress gets the best of them and they finally crack or even break. That's why we stock a full array of replacement rails in an impressive variety of lengths starting at 2U and going all the way up to 45U! That gives you the ability to get an exact match for absolutely any enclosure you have, whether it's off-the-shelf or custom built. For example, check out our durable 1/8-inch thick steel rails with black finish. Our full-hole rack rails have holes punched at 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch intervals and are tapped for industry standard 10-32 screws. Many of our sets come with screws included.
These are not merely hunks of cold rolled steel. They are quality made, have been formed into rugged angle bar stock, and precision fabricated for years of strength and reliability. These are the shoulders and biceps of the entire music industry. When you are building out custom racks for your studio, start by selecting a set of rails with measurements that match the collection of gear you want to house. The same goes for building enclosures for your live sound signal chain. All that gear has to be organized in some way, so you'll need to decide on the configuration and correct unit count to pick the right rails. In both of these scenarios there is likely to be some pieces of equipment that require extra space above or below in the rack for proper ventilation. Make sure to read your manuals and add that space into your unit count.
When it's time to swap out the rails in your off-the-shelf rack enclosures, we carry so many sizes that you should have no problem finding replacements that drop right in. We take rack rails seriously and afford them the respect they deserve.
Whether you have questions about fitting replacement rails to your existing racks or building custom racks, or you just want to talk shop with folks who revere the mighty rack rail as much as you, give us a call. Our Sales Engineers will point you in the right direction.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.