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Old 2nd April 2013
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If you are concerned about hard starts just plug your console power supply into a variac. If the supply is a regular linear supply, there should be no problem doing this. I have several friends that crank their gear on and off with variacs and have been doing so for eons since Ive known them.

A big part of that "leave the console on all the time" was born from commercial studios who could not afford the down time and paying the power bill was a smarter strategy than having the console go down. It's also easier to leave the thing on if you have the room booked 7 days a week... If you dont have a commercial space and dont work on it every day I couldnt imagine leaving the thing on 24/7. There is a reason why people did stuff, that reason might not apply to your situation.