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Old 15th November 2012
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Are Large Consoles Left On All The Time?

I know we have had these discussions before about leaving computers on and what not, but I'm curious as to whether big installations such as Abbey Road, or the various movie studios leave their large Neve or SSL consoles on all the time?

Old 15th November 2012
Yes pretty much.
Old 15th November 2012
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Yes. The risk comes when powering these things up. Our 96 channel Neve has 3 PSUs, bargraph PSU, a couple of Flying Faders PSUs... Powering up could blow any number of circuits on cards that are now unibtainium.

And something usually goes a little funky with the FF soft switches that has to be cleared. Not worth the risk and avoided at all costs.

Q: When do light bulbs blow?

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Old 15th November 2012
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All our consoles stay on all the time. If we shut down for the week between Christmas and New Years, as we do some years, we shut them down.

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Old 15th November 2012
We leave ours on, but most everything else off. Unless someone slams into a power pole nearby..then it's off (just happened).

Old 15th November 2012
Lately both SSL's are "on" all the time, we even got powerful No breaks just in case we get a blackout.


Because bulbs rarely go down this way, and the console works perfectly this way for longer periods.

Its impressive how reliable can be a well mainained 4000, really.

We used to turn off both consoles every day without a problem, but after some recommendations of people I trust, my baby's are "on" all the time.

Best regards.

Old 15th November 2012
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Thanks everyone.

Despite the warnings of others, it has worked well for me on a little tiny scale too. My Mac Pro, all drives, pres, interfaces, etc.....on24/7 with no problems, for years.

I believe in the light bulb theory too...

Old 16th November 2012
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At my last place we had an SSL 4000 G+ that we shut down every night, and restarted each day with no problems.

On the contrary, at my current place we have a 9000J and a 9000K that we leave on every day. We shut them down when Sandy came through as a precaution, and had some problems when we booted them back up...
Old 16th November 2012
We turn our API Vision off when not using it, as API recommends. It saves power, and the console doesn't seem to mind one bit. That saves us real $$ in both console power usage and AC cost.
Old 16th November 2012
I shut down my 80 input Concept One everyday, in the 2+ years I've had it not one issue.
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