Are Uninterruptible Power Supplies Worth It In Audio Studios?

Are Uninterruptible Power Supplies Worth It In Audio Studios?

One of the most irritating and costly disasters for any audio or music studio is the dreaded power outage or blackout. That’s where an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) comes to the rescue. These brilliant power components are perfect for protecting your computer systems and studio equipment from damage and keeping your data and projects safe…

Are Power Conditioners Worth It In Music/Audio Studios?

Are Power Conditioners Worth It In Music/Audio Studios?

Many audio professionals will swear by their power conditioners as a way to reduce electrical interference, avoid irregularities in their recordings and avoid damaging their expensive equipment. However, these pieces of electrical kit are expensive, and some argue that they’re not needed in home studios. Are power conditioners worth it in music/audio studios? Power conditioners…

Is It Bad/Damaging To Keep Effects Pedals On Or Plugged In?
| |

Is It Bad/Damaging To Keep Effects Pedals On Or Plugged In?

So, you’re beginning your collection of effects pedals and are wondering if it’s okay to leave them turned on when they’re not in use. Is it bad/damaging to keep effects pedals on when not in use? Keeping an effects pedal on/powered when it’s not in use is typically safe, though it may decrease its overall longevity….

Can Synthesizers Be Played Without Electricity?
| | | |

Can Synthesizers Be Played Without Electricity?

Synthesizers broke through the music scene and redefined the sound of the 70s and 80s as a way to synthesize audio from electricity, hence the name. Synths are still relevant and widely used today, and with so much advancement in synth technology, it’s fair to ask if they still require electricity. Can synthesizers be played…

3 Best Uninterruptible Power Supply Brands For Audio Studios
|

3 Best Uninterruptible Power Supply Brands For Audio Studios

Uninterruptible power supplies aren’t necessarily essential in audio recording/mixing/mastering studios. However, in the cases where power is applied to the studio equipment (primarily the computer), they will afford the professional (and amateur) time to save projects and power down equipment properly to avoid lost data and damage to expensive equipment. A UPS can be purchased…

Top 7 Best Power Conditioner Brands For Audio (Live/Studio)
|

Top 7 Best Power Conditioner Brands For Audio (Live/Studio)

Power conditioners aren’t the most flashy piece of equipment in the recording studio but for those running larger/professional setups, they are critical. Whether it’s eliminating noise from the system or protecting your equipment from destruction due to power surges, a good power conditioner should be a top priority. Related article: Top 45 Must-Have Tools For…

Why Do Audio Amplifiers & Preamplifiers Need Power To Work?
| | | | | | |

Why Do Audio Amplifiers & Preamplifiers Need Power To Work?

Amplifiers (and/or preamplifiers) are essential components in most practical audio signal chains and typically require electrical power to function properly. They’re used to drive loudspeakers and headphones, boost mic and instrument signals to usable levels, and for many other reasons. Why do audio amplifiers and preamplifiers need power supplies? Whether solid-state, tube-based or digital, audio…

Why Do Loudspeakers Need Power & How Are They Powered?
|

Why Do Loudspeakers Need Power & How Are They Powered?

Speakers have become commonplace in our day-to-day lives. Wherever there is electricity and electrical power, speakers can function (and often do). Why do loudspeakers need power, and how are they powered? Loudspeakers require power if they have built-in amplifiers, active transducer elements, and/or built-in wireless receivers. Speakers and monitors requiring power typically get it from…

How Do Headphones Get Power & Why Do They Need Power?
|

How Do Headphones Get Power & Why Do They Need Power?

In the days of smart technology, it’s common to have headphones that require power to function properly. Active headphones are actually relatively new on the market but have been continuously increasing in popularity with the rise of personal music/audio players. How do headphones get power & why do they need power? Active headphones nearly always…

How Are Microphones Powered? (7 Mic Powering Methods)
|

How Are Microphones Powered? (7 Mic Powering Methods)

Many of the world’s microphones require power to function. With the various microphone types and countless individual microphone models, we’d expect that there are multiple methods of powering these microphones. The Various Microphone Powering Methods Are: In this article, we’ll go deep into each of these microphone powering methods and discuss the various active components…

What Is Phantom Power And How Does It Work With Microphones?
|

What Is Phantom Power And How Does It Work With Microphones?

Phantom power is often required for proper microphone function. What is so “phantom” about this powering method, and why is it so popular with microphones? We’ll find out in this article! What is phantom power? Phantom power is a DC voltage (typically +48 V) that provides power to the active components within certain active microphones….