How to care for your microphone and other studio equipment

If you take care of your studio equipment, it’ll take good care of you. Whether you’re a sound engineer, a music producer or an aspiring musician, it’s safe to say a microphone is one of your most prized possessions when it comes to making great music.

Are you transporting lots of studio equipment around when travelling? Or maybe you’re just new to the industry and want to learn how to take good care of things? None of this equipment comes cheap so you’ll certainly want to take good care of it.

Here are some guidelines to help you get many more years out of your studio equipment.

Try out a pop filter

Some musicians love them, some hate them. But the truth is, a pop filter can prolong the lifespan of your mic by years. When saliva enters the electrically charged capsule of a microphone, it can start to interfere with the frequencies and feedback of your mic. Acting as a barrier between the musician and the mic, a pop filter will protect your mic from any unwanted saliva during a performance. Give it a try!

Turn everything on (and off) properly

We’re all guilty of it from time to time, especially when we’re in a rush!. It’s important to take some time after every performance or recording session to carry out a couple of extra checks.

When turning your mic and studio equipment on or off, there’s a protocol you should always follow to reduce any loud pops and improve the lifespan of your equipment! Follow this power on, power off sequence:

Power on:

  1. Any sources
  2. Power supplies/preamp
  3. Power amp

Power off:

  1. Power amp
  2. Power supplies/preamp
  3. Any sources

When turning on your microphone, it’s also important to connect the power supply to the mic before turning the supply on!

Store your equipment the right way

Whether your equipment is staying in the studio or following you around, you should always store it away correctly. In the studio, you’ll need to keep your equipment safe from any dust particles, so a simple yet sturdy storage solution should do the trick.

If you’re travelling around quite often, your mic and studio equipment could be subject to much more damage, so you’ll need to take extra precautions. First things first, ensure your storage boxes or cases are waterproof, dustproof and crushproof. You’ll also need to protect your microphone and smaller pieces of equipment from shifting around inside the case, which is where microphone foam comes in!

DIY custom foam is a great way to snuggly store your equipment away and keep it safe from any damage. For those in the music industry, every piece of equipment is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Simply tell us what size and shape you’d like and we can do the hard work for you.

With our Easy Peel foam inserts, you can simply peel away specific areas of the protective foam to enable it to fit snugly around your microphone and studio equipment. Easy peasy – take a look at our foam tutorials for more information.

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