Studio Power Conditioning – Done Right

In this session, Ken ‘hiwatt’ Marshall shares a few thoughts on powering your studio, and how you can literally disconnect from the local power grid and provide pristine power to your gear. Your studio and productions will LOVE you for it 😉

38 Comments

  1. JP Navarro on May 12, 2021 at 12:56 am

    What a beautiful studio!! I’m improving the power in my home studio and this helped a lot. Thank you!

  2. Chris Strei on May 12, 2021 at 12:57 am

    This video was a gem of a find. Thank you so much for the tips and info! 🤘🤘

  3. Pink Tooth on May 12, 2021 at 12:59 am

    ULTIMATE POWER. Cheers, Ken. I dug the hosp cart out of my stuff today. I’ll send you a photo. I love your new channel, meng. Great advice from a top shelf engineer ! Kanpai !!

  4. RasMix1 on May 12, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Hi Ken I’m really enjoying your channel, is there any ups systems you would recommend for under 500 dollars (not sure what kinda wattage i might need)? I’m setting up my studio in a new place in about a month and wanna do it proper. This /info is a game changer for me thank you again.

  5. Forrest Larson on May 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Hey man, was able to score a double conversion UPS on ebay for pretty cheap. Get to test it out tomorrow and if it works, I have you to thank, thank you very much man!

  6. James Arthurs on May 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Man, I am praying so hard that something like this will help out. Just moved into a new home, third floor of and old home, and cannot seem to remove interference to my amplifier. The sound is just awful especially with reverb engaged — it’s a Magnatone Panoramic Stereo. My only question for you Ken, is can you recommend a unit being manufactured today that I can look into?

  7. Future Beats on May 12, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Do you have any model that you would recommend? For online ups. Thanks

  8. jonny26281 on May 12, 2021 at 1:06 am

    So not to sound like noob but would I plug my power conditioners in this ?

  9. beveledblade on May 12, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Gotta admit..I do need a power conditioner …great timing.

  10. Ste McFreeman on May 12, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Thank you, this was a big deal

  11. Car Guy daddyo on May 12, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I have been a UPS technician for 14 years now, i wont say who i work for, but i do fully endorse a UPS unit.

  12. Future Beats on May 12, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Is this why i ear buzzing in my preamp?

  13. hostnik on May 12, 2021 at 1:12 am

    OMG, this is one of the best things I’ve ever watched – I’ve always wondered about this, but my electrical knowledge is almost nil (see my other comment for proof ha)! If we’re looking to buy one, how do we know how much kVA and Watts are sufficient for our purposes? Ie how do we estimate (or even measure?) our load so we can make sure to get one with the right capacity?

  14. Stanny1 on May 12, 2021 at 1:14 am

    SOLA 4000? I didn’t know anyone but PS Audio (Regenerator) made a double conversion unit.

  15. Kyle Clements on May 12, 2021 at 1:15 am

    When I heard that it converts the wild AC into DC, then back into calm AC, all I could think about was your computer’s power supply turning that AC back into DC. That loss of efficiency in multiple conversions is driving me nuts! Those power bills…

    Seriously, this is something I never would have even thought about.

  16. Richard Terrell on May 12, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Absolutely loving every session you do! Thank you for clarifying the difference between online vs offline…. Never knew that!!

  17. Shane on May 12, 2021 at 1:17 am

    What’s the difference between cyberpower ups and Furman ups? Furman seems to be more expensive but has less features

  18. hostnik on May 12, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Speaking of power – had a stupid noob error recently; recently got into using guitar pedals actually on a guitar instead of synth, and plugged in a few that weren’t working. I thought the batteries were dead so I used my 1-spot daisy chain with correct v and polarity, and that didn’t work either. Being an idiot, I experimented with things, ended up reversing the polarity, and thought I blew them out. Was bummed for a day or so because I hadn’t even gotten to play one of them at all yet. Then I realized – since my Kmix needs balanced cables to keep levels up, I just always used TRS by default, and I wondered if that was the problem. A quick Google and I’m like… uhg, dumbass – the TRS grounds out the battery circuit on these pedals, so you have to use unbalanced cables! Good news is, I hadn’t actually blown out the pedals at all, just my ego. ;D

  19. Innaforce Soundstation on May 12, 2021 at 1:20 am

    The talking level audio is Sublime🔥🎶🔥

  20. Amit Mintz on May 12, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Hey Ken, thanks!
    Two questions though.
    1. Do you connect ALL of your studio gear to that one UPS?
    2. In a home studio, would you recommend connecting the monitors into a UPS? One for both or one for each?
    Thanks 🙂

  21. Odin 217 on May 12, 2021 at 1:21 am

    I’m super broke is there a way to do this on a budget for just a few outlets?

  22. James Barrett Jr. on May 12, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for the video! Can you make another video explaining how you have your power conditioner hooked up? Thx

  23. Kaiden Majarali on May 12, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Subscribed!

  24. spankthenun on May 12, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Definitely adding an online UPS to the studio rack. They are about $700 now I hope they still last for 15 years 🙂

  25. FBLMusic on May 12, 2021 at 1:33 am

    have you thought about offline consultation. Having horrible EMI issues even with Power rack mount conditioners and a Triplite UPS

  26. R Stroud on May 12, 2021 at 1:34 am

    *Hey Ken, thanks for the tip. What online UPS do you recomment?*

  27. GO Composer on May 12, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hey man, so I followed your advice and got myself an online ups as suggested. But, man, the level of noise is insane, almost 60dbs. How do you go around that? It would be very cool if you could show your electrical wiring from the wall, to the online converter, to the rest of your gear. I am almost thinking on sending it back, it’s driving me nuts (and it is in the next room). Thanks!

  28. thegrimyeaper on May 12, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Wow. Paul from PS Audio always talks about this like he invented it.

  29. DigitalMiVa on May 12, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Ken, what brand of UPS would you recommend?

  30. Eric Johnson on May 12, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Sounds expensive! I wonder why it sounds better. The DC to AC inversion involves approximating an AC signal. It’s very "discrete" and isn’t at all smooth. I’ll be happy to elaborate if anyone out there is interested.

  31. James Doser on May 12, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Has the technology gotten better in the last 10years for power inversion? I worked at a recording studio that they decided to install one on the entire building. It left my two studios unusable because they generated a 12k sine wave that plauged all the audio paths.

  32. Buxte Hude on May 12, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Back in the Atari days i had all my gear plugged on an UPS that was always online. After 6 months, i noticed the power consumption had doubled, so I got with of it. I wonder if high power consumption is also common with modern day UPS?

  33. jessica murray on May 12, 2021 at 1:50 am

    a couple of years ago, i noticed my mixes were starting to sound sort of funny during certain parts of the day and actually concluded it must be because of some kind of interference in the neighbourhood – and was actually able to recreate the same interference walking down the street with a pair of headphones in an mp3 player, until i got a certain distance away. i never figured out if it was a radio station, or power lines or something else. in the end, i had to actually move. but, he’s right – this is something most people wouldn’t take seriously until they’re faced with it, and it’s overwhelmingly annoying when you finally are. the ups might not even be enough either, you might need a fucking faraday cage or something. i almost did it, too….

  34. Dep on May 12, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Bro whats up with this straight bullshit homie

  35. Independent Group Marketing LLC on May 12, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Nice video, Dealing with light dimming when the bass hits in the studio, wonder if this is a fix, wishing the make a model of this conditioner was in the discription

  36. beveledblade on May 12, 2021 at 1:51 am

    First-time caller long time listener I was wondering what you would do after the fact if you’ve recorded a track and it has hiss. I’m trying to save old tascam 4 track tapes of my buddies as teenagers to my computer but gosh they sound as old as they are.

  37. Fairweather Music on May 12, 2021 at 1:54 am

    I see a market need for Lithium Ion battery packs for guitar amps. I see a potential noise issue with the UPS itself in a single room and potential fan noise in the amp. When will Roland get with it and save us guitar players from 60 cycle hell? And while their at it, why not roll out some new ferrite cages to work inside of?

  38. CATinCOG on May 12, 2021 at 1:55 am

    I’m loving this series Ken. So glad for this episode. keep it up 🙂

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