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Studio Build - Step 1 - Rack and Power Supply

In this first step of the Studio Build project, I dive in and look at the rack we are going to put the equipment into as well as the power supply that we will be using.

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The first unboxing that I want to take us through, it's kind of an unboxing, kind of not, is I want us to look first at this rack. This rack unit is what I'm gonna be using to actually house all of the equipment for this build-out.

If I go through here, if I actually unclip this, we're going to see here we've got a 12U rack unit. This unit is going to allow me to have not only enough room for what I'm currently building out, it's also going to allow me to have enough room for any future gear that I want to add in. So if we look in here it actually seems to be a fairly solid rack unit. One of the things that you'll notice with it is it's just got rails front and back, it's 19 inches it's full width. So you can get some that are shorter and some people like to use those, this one, I'll be honest with you, it's going to be a bit of a bear to carry but what it does is it gives you the ability to actually leverage all of the space really well. So if you want to have some things mounted on the front like all of your normal things, your preview monitors, your power conditioner, your switcher, all that and on the back it also gives you flexibility that if you wanted to do things like lapel mic receivers things like that you could actually mount those on the back. So it gives you a lot of space.

It comes with a fair amount of rack mount screws that you can use. So we'll be using those to install gear in just a bit. Now the first thing that I'm going to include as a part of this rack unit is going to be this power conditioner. Now you generally want to and this is something I find a lot of people miss, so I've told you guys before my background is not in video production, I actually had a fair amount of experience in audio production, that's actually what my degree's in from college. One of the things you'll learn, both with video and audio is that you do want to be sure that you have a good consistent source of power that can actually mess with a lot of your recordings if you end up getting an inconsistent source of power. So this unit, of course you've got a nice little manual here that talks you through it. But let's get a look at the unit itself.

So this particular unit, gotta get through all of the plastic here, so if we go through this and look this particular unit comes with several things that are interesting. First you get a nice voltage meter on the front, you could always check to be sure that you're getting consistent voltage, that's a part of what this unit's going to do for us. We also just have a nice power on switch. It gives you a light to let you know that it is enabled for your surge protection. Then the other cool thing is you've actually got some pull out lights. You've actually got a gauge here or a dial here to actually control your lights. So this just allows you if you're ever in a situation especially if you're taking this out to a live setting and you want to have just a little bit of light so you can see all the gear on your rack, I've always been a fan of these units. It's actually one of the reasons I bought this one as opposed to others that might have been a little bit cheaper is because I think these lights here are essential in helping you if you're ever operating in a lower than normal light environment.

Now you've also got an outlet on the front, that's going to be pretty helpful if potentially you're trying to hook in something and maybe you're sitting beside and you just want to have a nice outlet you can get to because the ones on the front would be easy to get to, the ones on the back not so much. We can see here we have several outlets on the back, we have five that are grouped together here and then we have three that are all spaced apart. You can see these are designed to have those giant plugs actually plug into where they have the transformers on the end and that way you've got enough space for it. So again eight total outlets on the back and one on the front.

So this is what we're going to actually leverage to control from a power perspective everything that's going to go in our rack is going to get plugged into this. That's the first step of our unboxing.