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A single power switch for everything! Dynamics Plugins
Old 15th September 2011
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A single power switch for everything!

Hello,

I'm in the process of building a recording studio, which incorporates a lot of hardware, each piece with its own hard power switch. This means that when I come in to work in my studio, I have to run around between, and power up all of my equipment, piece by piece. I'm looking for a solution that will enable me to power up all of my hardware with a flick of a single switch (or 2), preferably in a 1U / 19" rack format. I've seen 14Power's MDU-14's (Power products units for mains distribution | by one4power), and they look rather interesting, however, I have a few questions that I want to get out of the way before I actually go into purchasing a unit or two, because I've no idea with anything that concerns electricity, what-so-ever:

1. I'm from Israel. We use Israeli Type-H plugs and I noticed the MDU-14's have C13's on them - so that means I hook up C14's, with Type-H on the other end? Also, the blue input socket looks weird - do the MDU-14's ship with a suitable cable that I can then plug into my Israeli Type-H 220v wall-socket?

2. Having the equipment's hard-switch set to ON, and then suddenly powering up the MDU-14, which will cause a surge of power to suddenly flow into the equipment --- is it not too sudden on the equipment? Will it not harm or at-least shorten the lifespan of my equipment? Will the fuses on the MDU-14's prevent that?

3. Powering all devices in one instant moment, is it not too much of a power demand from the wall in one hit? I have 16A circuits on that wall-socket. Will it not cause power overloads or shorts on the walls? Should I put in bigger Amp circuits in my house's circuit board?

4. I have a few pieces of equipment that must be powered in a certain order (i.e., a piece of equipment that relies on another piece of equipment being powered on at the moment of its initialization). Is there a solution that will allow me to delay the powering on of one of the sockets by a few seconds? So, for example, if the MDU-14's have 14 sockets on them, is it possible for sockets 1-13 to power up instantly with the flick of the power switch, and have the 14th socket start 5 seconds later? I guess I could buy 2 units and power them in 5 seconds differences, but I'm just wondering if such a solution exists in the market.

Thanks,
-Omri

Last edited by w00fa; 15th September 2011 at 02:40 PM.. Reason: Forgot to add a subscription
Old 15th September 2011
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Install a secondary circuit breaker between your main panel and your electrical outlets in your control room. There's your one switch, no worries about conflicting flavors of plugs. You don't want to put a larger breaker in your main panel for the 16A circuit, because the wiring might not be sufficient for a larger load breaker, could overheat and become a fire hazard. I'm not aware of anything on the consumer market that has sequential power up features, would likely be very expensive if it exists. My studio is set up such that I power up the console and monitors individually, everything else is on one switch.
Old 15th September 2011
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Not all on-off switches were born equal and not all on-off switches are just on-off switches. Some trigger power-up and/or power-down routines. This is true for many digital boxes, as well as some (though not many) of the soft-start circuits for analogue gear that uses much current.

I suggest that simple stuff like monitors and analogue effects be left on and you switch off digital effects and large mixers etc., that need to be treated nicely, individually. Then, when all the sensitive stuff is off, hit the fuse or wall switch.
Old 15th September 2011
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Originally Posted by river View Post
...no worries about conflicting flavors of plugs
What exactly do you mean?

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Originally Posted by river View Post
You don't want to put a larger breaker in your main panel for the 16A circuit
Question is, will a 16A breaker be able to support all the equipment I currently have, or plan to bring in...

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Originally Posted by The Byre View Post
I suggest that simple stuff like monitors and analogue effects be left on and you switch off digital effects and large mixers etc., that need to be treated nicely, individually.
Monitors are considered 'simple stuff'? If I would have to take a guess as to what I should treat nicely, it would probably be my speakers.

Meh.. It's either I dig deeper into every piece of equipment I have, to see how it powers up and whether I can 'thrust' a sudden surge of power into it without it blowing up, or I just play very nice with everything...

I just thought that by now, this being such a common issue with small studios like mine and an even bigger problem for huge studios I saw in the gear porn thread, that there would be some sort of definite solution for it all...

Last edited by w00fa; 15th September 2011 at 03:16 PM.. Reason: merging two posts
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