Electrical Installation

Wiring a recording studio

Electrical and audio wiring in recording studio

Wiring a recording studio or any type of acoustic environment, like a home theater, can be a difficult do it yourself project. There are many things to consider. Voltage electrical wire should run high and audio type wire should run at low levels. You do not want to run electrical and audio cable, or data for that matter, parallel one wire to the other wire. You should make every attempt to have, IF IT EVEN HAS TO HAPPEN, electrical wire and audio cabling wire at 90-degree angles.

Dropping the electrical hot wire down from the top of the structure framing and pulling audio wire at low levels helps to reduce interference from the electricity wire to the audio cables. Running lengths of electrical and audio cables or wiring parallel to each other will increase the ability of interference from the electrical to the audio cable.

The following links on wiring a recording studio will help you to help your electrician to understand some of the issues that will be encountered when wiring a recording studio.

Wiring a Recording Studio: The ground rules
” A look at the causes of interference to audio signal transmission and methods of wiring your studio to minimize these problems.”

“Bill Whitlock has designed pro audio and video electronics and systems for 30 years. In 1989, after seven years with Capitol Records, he assumed presidency of Jensen Transformers. He has become a recognized expert on system interfacing issues through his writing and teaching. His landmark paper on balanced interfaces…”

Bill Whitlock
An Overview of Audio System Grounding & Interfacing
Noise – Think Outside the Box
• In its broadest definition, noise is any undesired signal
• Analog signals accumulate noise as they flow through system equipment and cables
• Once noise is added, it’s essentially impossible to remove it without altering or degrading the original signal
• Therefore, noise must be prevented along the entire signal path • Signal INTERFACES are generally the danger zone, rather than the equipment itself

Wiring a recording studio

Studio wiring advice
“Could one possibly lessen one’s EMF interference/random radio noise in guitar amps by running all of the power (12-2 romex, in this case) higher overhead? Say, at 6+ feet up the wall as opposed to the seemingly nominal distance of ‘waist-high’ (where wire is normally run)?”

Studio Wiring, A Practical Guide (Part 1 of 2 parts)
“When you are setting up a serious home studio, one of your first considerations should be the electricity supply. While simply plugging into the nearest 15A socket and hoping for the best might be OK for the bedroom recordist, it does run the risk of electrical interference from other systems in the house.”

Run a Google Search for electrical and audio wiring home studio

Ideas are what you are after for electrical wiring of your home studio. Again, it should be left in the hands of a qualified electrician to properly wire a home recording room or home theater. Adding to much amperage to an under rated wire can create breakers tripping, gear over-heating, potential problems that you are better off without.

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