I'm a filthy sinner

Recording Techniques, People Skills, Gear, Recording Spaces, Computers, and DIY

Moderators: drumsound, tomb

Post Reply
User avatar
MichaelAlan
tinnitus
Posts: 1144
Joined: Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:21 am
Location: Passing under Sleep's dark and silent gate
Contact:

I'm a filthy sinner

Post by MichaelAlan » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:43 pm

I sometimes smoke around my gear... I know this is bad but I really don't know how it affects things... anyone know specifically?
All energy flows according to the whims of the great magnet...

getreel
carpal tunnel
Posts: 1562
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:01 am
Location: The Oldest Town in Texas
Contact:

Post by getreel » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:03 pm

It used to make my bedroom all dirty brown and sticky. I never smoked in my studio so I can only tell you what it did to my bedroom paint and especially the window AC unit. Sticky and brown and brown dust or buildup on everything including the TV screen. My old Dell PC from back when I smoked turned yellow real quick too. Oh and it makes stuff stink also. No offense, I used to smoke so I understand. Just pointing out realities. Why not use the new electronic cigs around your gear at least. It's probably kind of bad but I'll bet it a lot better than real smoke. And yes pot smoke is just as bad or worse.

User avatar
Nick Sevilla
on a wing and a prayer
Posts: 5108
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:34 pm
Location: Lake Arrowhead California USA
Contact:

Post by Nick Sevilla » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:11 pm

The acids and chemicals left in the smoke, get deposited onto everything the smoke can get into, which means everything in the studio.

These chemicals and acids will slowly eat away at everything they touch, especially if it is heated up, or is conducting electricity, as that will slowly keep activating the nasty goop.

It is like a very slow motion electronics eating zombie.

You gear may last years without a fail, and then suddenly POOF! They will fail in completely unexpected ways.

Enjoy.
Howling at the neighbors. Hoping they have more mic cables.

Bro Shark
re-cappin' neve
Posts: 653
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:22 pm
Location: SF

Post by Bro Shark » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:28 pm

It's 2013. Go outside to smoke.

User avatar
MichaelAlan
tinnitus
Posts: 1144
Joined: Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:21 am
Location: Passing under Sleep's dark and silent gate
Contact:

Post by MichaelAlan » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:46 pm

Nick Sevilla wrote:The acids and chemicals left in the smoke, get deposited onto everything the smoke can get into, which means everything in the studio.

These chemicals and acids will slowly eat away at everything they touch, especially if it is heated up, or is conducting electricity, as that will slowly keep activating the nasty goop.

It is like a very slow motion electronics eating zombie.

You gear may last years without a fail, and then suddenly POOF! They will fail in completely unexpected ways.

Enjoy.
I see. Thank you sir.
All energy flows according to the whims of the great magnet...

User avatar
rhythm ranch
mixes from purgatory
Posts: 2793
Joined: Wed May 07, 2003 8:45 pm
Location: Corrales, NM

Post by rhythm ranch » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:41 pm

Bro Shark wrote:It's 2013. Quit smoking.
Fixed your post.

User avatar
vvv
zen recordist
Posts: 9204
Joined: Tue May 13, 2003 8:08 am
Location: Chi
Contact:

Post by vvv » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:22 pm

It is possible to quit - I've done it many times. :twisted:

(Going on 7 years now, or izzit 8?)
bandcamp; vlayman;
THD; Geronimo Cowboys;
blog.
I mix with olive juice.

User avatar
MASSIVE Mastering
buyin' a studio
Posts: 852
Joined: Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:09 pm
Location: Chicago (Schaumburg / Hoffman Est.) IL
Contact:

Post by MASSIVE Mastering » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:35 am

Me too... :roll: Quitters never win, right? :lol:

Seriously though - Bring it outside. Or if you really feel the need to get a puff in here or there, grab an e-cig -- I keep one in here for long-ish sessions and it's really not too bad.
John Scrip - MASSIVE Mastering

User avatar
The Real MC
steve albini likes it
Posts: 399
Joined: Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:50 am
Location: Tranquil secluded country
Contact:

Post by The Real MC » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:37 pm

Nick Sevilla wrote:The acids and chemicals left in the smoke, get deposited onto everything the smoke can get into, which means everything in the studio.

These chemicals and acids will slowly eat away at everything they touch, especially if it is heated up, or is conducting electricity, as that will slowly keep activating the nasty goop.

It is like a very slow motion electronics eating zombie.

You gear may last years without a fail, and then suddenly POOF! They will fail in completely unexpected ways.

Enjoy.
Gear? Who cares about gear? Have you seen what that stuff does to your LUNGS?

getreel
carpal tunnel
Posts: 1562
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:01 am
Location: The Oldest Town in Texas
Contact:

Post by getreel » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:55 pm

I quit for 8 years, then relapsed for 9 months and quit again with the help of the e-cigs. Smoking sucks! :D

KennyLusk
dead but not forgotten
Posts: 2037
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:22 am
Location: Ramah, New Mexico

Post by KennyLusk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:34 pm

I personally don't smoke around my gear any longer, and haven't smoked inside my house for years.

Having said that though, people constantly argue that vintage/antiquated gear sounds so much better than the new boxes. Is it that the box is new? Or is it that the vintage gear was exposed to so much cigarette (and pot) smoke? Same goes for antique guitar amps, consoles, etc.

Hmmmmm :?
"The mushroom states its own position very clearly. It says, "I require the nervous system of a mammal. Do you have one handy?" Terrence McKenna

Burnt Ernie
pushin' record
Posts: 269
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:38 pm
Location: minneapolis

Post by Burnt Ernie » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:28 pm

Got down to 4 or 5 a day on vacation in mexico last week. Watched (old and stressed) dude working the e-cig/whatever,and unhappy trophy wife workin the
guilt. Went up to pee,and then the familiar smell of LOTS of shitty weed.
He came down with me,but couldnt help wondering-it's a vacation,right?
YOUR time,too-right?

YES-SMOKE GETS IN EVERYTHINg
Are people paying you for your studio,and services?
CLEAN YOUR SHIT. GEAR WEARS OUT.
plan maintenance/upkeep in yer gear,and yer prices.
If Keith Richards/LemmyBrittany spears/charles manson /black flag shows up at your place at 2 am-would you read him the latest
health warning?
Or roll Tape?

That's what I thought.or hoped.
I am the Walnut

User avatar
vvv
zen recordist
Posts: 9204
Joined: Tue May 13, 2003 8:08 am
Location: Chi
Contact:

Post by vvv » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:45 am

Burnt Ernie wrote:
If Keith Richards/LemmyBrittany spears/charles manson /black flag shows up at your place at 2 am-would you read him the latest
health warning?
No, I'd call the police!

I mean, that chick scares me. :twisted:
bandcamp; vlayman;
THD; Geronimo Cowboys;
blog.
I mix with olive juice.

James Anderson
audio school graduate
Posts: 20
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:12 am

Post by James Anderson » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:59 pm

I just did a session where we smoked inside. It was the first time I smoked inside in years. It was the first time I'd smoked around my equipment.

It was horrible.

a 10 hour session in a smoke filled room is a horrible idea (the tracks sound great though!).

As soon as the session was done I scooped up my stuff and went back to the studio and started cleaning the gear and myself. I'll never do it again.

technically speaking - it's probably not too bad since it was common for 90 years, but there's tons of junk in that smoke - I don't want to think of that toxic film on mic capsules.

but yeah, worry more about yourself that the wires and metals.

drumsound
zen recordist
Posts: 7044
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2004 10:30 pm
Location: Bloomington IL
Contact:

Post by drumsound » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:04 pm

Nick Sevilla wrote: It is like a very slow motion electronics eating zombie.
BRILLIANT!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 57 guests