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Hey guys, a lot of the work I do with my SL24 is outdoors. What does everyone do to keep their faders clean and free from unwanted grime?

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Not too much you can do other than a little maintenance now and then. Maybe sprinkle some water on the ground around your work area to keep the dust down if you're setting up on bare, dry, loose ground. I imagine the faders reasonably well protected from airborne dust, though you might want to take it apart and blow it out after a few "dirty" shows.
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Keep it in a case (which I'm amost certain you already do) And set up a cleaning schedule.

All my gear gets at least a damp cloth once a month or more as needed and compressed filtered air. Carry a horsehair paintbrush and a can of air or two with you to dust off and out as needed, just make sure its before you power up in case the can gets tilted too far and spits liquid.

Also keep the board covered with a towel or something until you're ready to use it.

Or maybe I'm just a bit anal retentive about my gear.

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Monolithent wrote:
All my gear gets at least a damp cloth once a month or more as needed and compressed filtered air. Carry a horsehair paintbrush and a can of air or two with you to dust off and out as needed, just make sure its before you power up in case the can gets tilted too far and spits liquid.

Also keep the board covered with a towel or something until you're ready to use it.

Keeping it covered when it's not in use is a good idea, but you have to be careful with that brush and compressed air. It's too easy to blow surface dust into the faders if you're just doing it from the outside.

Although I still haven't had one to take one apart, I think we've been told on good authority that the faders in the StudioLive aren't variable resistors, they're optical digital encoders. This means that they should be fairly impervious to the small amount of dust that gets past the seal. But you still don't want to spill beer or soda into it. At an outdoor show, unless there's really good security or someone standing at the mixer all the time, there are people walking through your mixing area with drinks in their hand,
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i always keep my desks covered when not in use. I also vacuum the loose dust n grime from my desks instead of moving it around with a leaf blower.
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Monolithent wrote:
Also keep the board covered with a towel or something until you're ready to use it.



Probably one of the worst things you could do is use a towel on any electronics. Towels will shed small particles of lint. When electronic devices are powered up they generate static electricity and small pieces of lint/crap will get sucked right in.

Get your self some LINT free cloth at a fabric store or get a cover that is made for your unit.

This cover is custom made for your particular unit and uses a stretch material that fits and is lint free. This vendor already has the dimensions for the StudioLive units and can whip up a cover realitivy quick. One nice thing about this cover is they add a flap on the back side that hangs over the back patch bay and covers the input/output jacks. I got mine from them and very pleased.

http://cgi.ebay.com/X-Large-Custom-Audio-Console-Mixer-Dust-Cover-/260112948460?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3c8ff09cec

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I do use lint free towels for this purpose.

And I use the air for mostly surface cleaning only. My apologies to all I may have misled.
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Anyone ever get hold of one of the PreSonus made dustcovers for the StudioLive?

Wondering if it is a long shot calling the Australian distributor.
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funkafize:

I splurged on the Presonus dust cover for about $26 or so.

It's a bit rigid. I've had it for a few months now, and it still shows the folded creases that it had as it came in the box. It hasn't relaxed one bit like I hoped it would.

Also there is a design flaw in my opinion regarding the front of it. It has a 'scooped' lip on the front that has to slide over the bottom edge, and then it can be fitted over the top/back, but the problem is that this moves the faders out of position.

This could be fixed by cutting the edges open, but I just drape the cover over the unit.

It does keep the dust out, but I'd be concerned about covering the unit for a long time while powered up.

The under side of the cover does not allow the unit to 'breathe through' as it seems like a vinyl coating under neath. So the device could overheat if covered while on.

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I've ordered one of the covers that jims mentioned. It should arrive soon so I will report back.

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Just to let everyone know, I received my cover from cover-it-audio.com today. Fits perfectly and should do the job very nicely. It's made of a tightly woven cotton/polyester blend and is "static resistant" (their words). Will probably need some gaffer to hold it in place on a windy day but all in all should keep the dust out very well. Has a flap at the rear so you can put the cover on the desk while you have cables plugged in.

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