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    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    I would be interested to know from the PC/mac experts if the OP SHOULD be worried about the temperature affecting the PC?
    It's not a big concern for the average user.
    Your computer should be adjusting fans according to temperature or, at least, constantly pushing enough air to keep the machine happy under load.

    Most computers are capable of running, long term, much hotter than we'd like. My CPUs, for example, never go above 40c but they'd be just as happy at 60 or 70.

    The problem, as MJB said, usually comes with obstructions. Clogging with dust, or putting the machine in a closed cupboard as you mention, could be enough to throw an already warm machine over the edge.
    It's rare enough, though, and there are thermal safety shutdown limits too so it's unlikely to be damaged.

    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    Of course, if you have taken a stock PC, overclocked it and stuffed it with ram and spinners it might not cope!
    Yes, temperature should always be monitored and taken into account when overclocking.
    Most of the overclocking forums are as much about temperatures are they are speed. The two go hand in hand.
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    I've had PCs that started to be affected by temps in the mid 80s (29C). As far as studio gear goes, I'm sure it can take a lot more heat than computers. Affordable A/C might be only a fairly recent phenomena but so are PCs in the studio. Probably part of the expense of a full blown studio in the day was the HVAC or else it must have been quite uncomfortable to record pretty much anywhere during the summer.

    I've never been in a real studio before. What were the old famous record company studios like back in the '50s, '60s, '70s etc? Any old timers around here that can chime in, or does anybody here know some old studio hands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesfordan View Post
    I've had PCs that started to be affected by temps in the mid 80s (29C). As far as studio gear goes, I'm sure it can take a lot more heat than computers. Affordable A/C might be only a fairly recent phenomena but so are PCs in the studio. Probably part of the expense of a full blown studio in the day was the HVAC or else it must have been quite uncomfortable to record pretty much anywhere during the summer.

    I've never been in a real studio before. What were the old famous record company studios like back in the '50s, '60s, '70s etc? Any old timers around here that can chime in, or does anybody here know some old studio hands?
    Sweetbeats will surely have all the dope on how "proper" studio gear coped with high temperatures ? I suspect, very well. Scully, Ampex, Studer will have built machines to high industrial standards and that includes tropicalization.

    The problem is that most people are using "office" based PCs and these are perhaps not up to such cooking?
    I have no doubt that PCs CAN be, are made that will cope with the harshest environments but not many people would want to pay for them! What would a 24 track 3M cost today compared the even the best AI/PC rig?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    I'm guessing you have some kind of AC window unit...?...which of course will be pretty noisy......................

    So your problem is having AC that isn't noisy.
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    I've split AC and it's not that much noisy, sometimes it definitely make little noise but other times it remains quite.

    (That's the other thing that there is background noise which comes from outside but that an issue for the other day )

    At present The issue is heat, while recording I switch off the fan because it makes noise but I have to run the AC so that it keeps PC cool and also keep the room cool otherwise its hot here. So I was wondering how does other people record in summers?
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    48C! That's brutal.

    CatMalone, I'm guessing you're in a tropical area, and most likely in an apartment? Is the 35C in the room or the outside temp?

    If I'm recording in the basement, I simply turn off the A/C while I'm tracking. After 20-30 minutes I'll usually stop and listen to some mixes while the A/C runs. The furnace/AC fan is on the other side of the wall but noisy enough that I can hear it running. To be honest, I could go a lot longer as the basement stays naturally cool, I just don't want the rest of the house to get hot.

    If I'm upstairs in the spare bedroom, things are quiet enough that I can track vocals without a problem. It's a 2 story brick house, and the fan is in the basement. I use the bedroom because there is a large closet full of clothes that works great as a dead recording area.

    We recently had a stretch where the temps were mid - upper 90F range (35-38C). I didn't even bother trying to record anything. I wasn't really inspired anyway.

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    Like others, I try to get everything set up and cool (heat) it down (up) more than normal so I can have the AC (heat) off for an hour at least before it gets too uncomfortable. I'm not in a basement but an upstairs room on the 2nd floor which is essentially uninhabited now that it's just the wife and me (1st floor bed/bath), but it means I can move the dial around as I wish for the most part.

    And, it's only for tracking, of course, that I need to do this. Really, it's not that noisy, but the 2nd floor HVAC intake is right outside my little music room's door, so if I do leave it open (sometimes do just to keep air moving), the door must be shut, because that big sucking sound is going to be in the recording otherwise.

    If it's 48℃, I'm looking for a bathtub full of ice, and an appropriate beverage to go with it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whome View Post
    Where are you? 48 is cold so you must be in a country using Celsius

    My PC runs just fine without the a/c on. Never turning off the PC fan even if I could.
    What fan do you turn off?
    I'm talking about Ceiling Fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    48c is hot. plus the 75% humidity. That's gotta suck.

    I used to have a window unit in my little studio, but it was noisy. Not so much that it affected my recordings, you couldn't actually hear it above the guitars, but it was the constant droning that made it untenable. Based on a suggestion from someone here, I removed the window unit and installed a mini-split a/c. That was the best decision ever and so worth the money and effort. I installed it myself and paid a tech to set the pressures.

    If you've got the means, get a mini-split. It will solve your cooling and noise problems.
    I'm already using split Ac, it's new one fro samsung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    48C! That's brutal.

    CatMalone, I'm guessing you're in a tropical area, and most likely in an apartment? Is the 35C in the room or the outside temp?

    If I'm recording in the basement, I simply turn off the A/C while I'm tracking. After 20-30 minutes I'll usually stop and listen to some mixes while the A/C runs. The furnace/AC fan is on the other side of the wall but noisy enough that I can hear it running. To be honest, I could go a lot longer as the basement stays naturally cool, I just don't want the rest of the house to get hot.

    If I'm upstairs in the spare bedroom, things are quiet enough that I can track vocals without a problem. It's a 2 story brick house, and the fan is in the basement. I use the bedroom because there is a large closet full of clothes that works great as a dead recording area.

    We recently had a stretch where the temps were mid - upper 90F range (35-38C). I didn't even bother trying to record anything. I wasn't really inspired anyway.

    Yes, I'm in an apartment (a concrete and brick house) and now its 34C outside temp but humidity is 76%

    I'd do what you suggested.

    Thanks again for your invaluable feedback, I remember you from my last post (working on your tips )

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    I'm grateful to all the members who posted and shared their opinions, it was really helpful to get an insight.

    I learned couple of things, taken notes (because we forget fast unless write it down) I'm in the transit of implementing a few things which I found useful and applicable at my place.

    Thanks again

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