Do you leave your gear on all the time?

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gear on?

Poll ended at Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:00 am

yes
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4%
h**l no, damn s**t catch fire!!
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96%
 
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Do you leave your gear on all the time?

Post by eskimo » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:00 am

Just curious..
I used to be religious about turning it off at the end of a session.. 15 years later, I'll leave them on for weeks at a time.
The heat builds up, the Akai stays in tune, you don't have issues with cooldown/ warmup..

oh, keeps the basement warm too. 8)

Modern hardware is reliable as all h**l, the worst thing you do to it is:
1. powercycle it, (check)
2. spill coffee on it (check, check)

What about vintage?
-course, I don't own 'vintage' like most you guys.
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Post by Psy_Free » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:18 pm

I don't leave it on all the time, my electric bill is big enough & some of my synths get pretty warm so there's always the paranoid thought that they might catch fire/melt/explode.

That said, I will usually leave vintage stuff on for few a good few hours before & after I use it, especially if I'm only going to use it for a short while.
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:27 pm

Nah. It's bad for the environment, the room gets too hot and none of my stuff really needs to warm up, except the valve pre.

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Re: Do you leave your gear on all the time?

Post by Dirk » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:41 pm

eskimo wrote: Modern hardware is reliable as all h**l, the worst thing you do to it is:
1. powercycle it, (check)
If the designer has put enough cooling stuff on the equipment, it does not get warm. Hence it does not go into a powercycle. And turning it on/off will not affect sound.
Making sure equipment stay's cool increases lifespan to.



Tip: Buy equipment that does not get warm.
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Post by meatballfulton » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:48 pm

I don't even leave gear plugged in any more.

During a thunderstorm some years back, lightning hit a utility pole down the street and the surge fried the motherboard in my SQ80 which was plugged in but turned off. Yes, it was plugged into a surge suppressor which also fried :(

I am tempted to keep my Motif on all the time though because of slow sample loading (samples are lost on power-down). I have considered plugging that into a UPS.
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Post by gfriden » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:19 pm

I unplug my gear for reasons of a) safety (it's all vintage) and b) ethical reasons (the environmental consideration being just one of many...)
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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:37 pm

I have had bad experiences with old analog when it is left on.
I leave it on long enough to tune and then as long as I need it. Then I turn it off.
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Post by esqoner » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:42 pm

i'd unplug my tv every night if my wife didn't make fun of me.

i wouldn't have a tv if i wasn't married.

i unplug everything (musical)

i don't like wasting stuff. like the environment or money.

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Post by rjd2 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:07 pm

Automatic Gainsay wrote:I have had bad experiences with old analog when it is left on.
I leave it on long enough to tune and then as long as I need it. Then I turn it off.
this is spot on, IMO. "vintage" gear that is cared for and restored GENERALLY never takes longer than 10-15 min to stabilize. i turn on what im going to play, make some coffee, go play. turn off. unplug when i go out of town.


little known cs-80(50/60 too?) secret-the later era Yamaha IG VCO chips were, according to kent spong-reknkowned cs80 tech-ROCK solid. different build or something. my 80 is ser#1418-pretty late, and it stays in tune like a champ-all those tuning nightmare stories may be true of earlier models, but im not the only 80 owner who is calling partial bullshit on the myth.

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Post by Solderman » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:35 pm

I leave everything off I'm not using. This especially goes for the JP8 because the heat sink gets hot enough for mild burns in a warm room. Same goes for my Mackie CR1604vlz mixer's transformer. I think I need to get that thing looked at, Mackies aren't supposed to get that hot.

Actually the MD8 MIDI<->DCB converter stays on all the time because it powers up in Omni mode. :x
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Post by shaft9000 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:54 pm

i leave the Sherman on for days at a time, since it is OK to do so - in the manual it says it draws as much power as a telephone answering machine.
only other piece i 'keep warm' is my Matrix1000. It has a voice chip that is intermittent and generally doesn't sound as often unless it's warmed up a few hours. maybe this is a bad thing; i'm sure it needs new capacitors and a probably a psu to boot.
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Post by Mpresev » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:23 pm

no.. I like to save on electricity :wink:

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Post by ronP » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:50 pm

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I turn each of my instruments and devices on and off individually for each session. I also cover my equipment with dust covers during the workday and on vacations.

This kid gloves care pays off. My MT-70 looks brand new even though it turns 25 this X-mas!

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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:53 pm

rjd2 wrote:little known cs-80(50/60 too?) secret-the later era Yamaha IG VCO chips were, according to kent spong-reknkowned cs80 tech-ROCK solid. different build or something. my 80 is ser#1418-pretty late, and it stays in tune like a champ-all those tuning nightmare stories may be true of earlier models, but im not the only 80 owner who is calling partial bullshit on the myth.
My CS-50 is the same. One of the most pitch-stable analog synths I have owned. I very rarely have to tune it. I always forget to even check.
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Re: Do you leave your gear on all the time?

Post by sequence » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:09 pm

Dirk wrote: If the designer has put enough cooling stuff on the equipment, it does not get warm.
hellooo Uli Behringer, read and heed! :roll:

(And yes I do turn off my equipment and cover it when Im done)
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