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BiigNiick

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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2011, 07:29:21 pm »

i have the Algorhythmic Prosecutor providing silent cooling for the vari-mu and maintaining the most transparent signal path   ;)

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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2011, 12:02:16 am »

I'd move that vent to the top of the Vari-Mu since that's where the Mu's vented panel is. That compressor gets ridiculously hot!
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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011, 01:36:06 am »

+1 on that --- The VM's a freaking pizza warmer. 
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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011, 01:03:34 pm »

that funk logic rack is just a front panel, so, he's got 2U of venting above the easy-bake-compressor/limiter/oven
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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2011, 02:14:36 pm »

yeah, but heat rises, and that funk logic panel doesn't really look like it's venting anything. i'd also put the real 1u vent above the manley.

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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2011, 05:55:27 pm »

I tried NO vents and had my Manley stuff next to other stuff and I swear you could (almost) burn your hand on the VM and MP if they're not vented. 

HOW IN THE HECK DO SOME PEOPLE STACK ALL OF THAT STUFF WITH NO SPACE BETWEEN THEM?  (not sorry about the caps.  I'll find examples and post them).

I'm off to price a half-RU panel from Front Panel Express.  Just for fun. 
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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2011, 09:49:53 pm »

FWIW, the .5RU panels do exist: 

http://proaudiostash.com/product/19-inch-racking/rack-panels/vented/05u-vented-rack-panel/11783.shtml

The picture there sure looks like a perspective-shortened angle on a 1U panel (as the .5U ones only have one hole on each side), but I bought a few of the .5U ones from these guys, and they're fine.

They're made by Penn Fabrication.
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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2011, 07:16:27 pm »

FWIW, the .5RU panels do exist: 

http://proaudiostash.com/product/19-inch-racking/rack-panels/vented/05u-vented-rack-panel/11783.shtml

The picture there sure looks like a perspective-shortened angle on a 1U panel (as the .5U ones only have one hole on each side), but I bought a few of the .5U ones from these guys, and they're fine.

They're made by Penn Fabrication.

Never seen those before!  I pondered making some by chopping a 1RU panel in half (or by bending in half), but never actually did it...

So, I have a bunch of racks that have 3-holes per space (2 have the standard spacing, and the 3rd hole is centered in each slot), but when you go staggering actual rack units by 1/2 RU for ventilation, only 2 of the "oddly staggered" units' 4 holes will line up with the "middle" holes in the rail due to the non-standard spacing of the middle holes ("middle hole -to- middle hole" is not a standard rack spacing).  Are there other rack rails that would allow racking gear with 1/2RU ventilation between units while still allowing all of the unit's mounting holes to be used?  Seems like the holes wold start to get too close together and sacrafice the strength of the rail (would need 4 holes per slot AFAIK).

Or are you simply using these to fill in 1/2RU "dead areas" at the top/bottom of a rack?

Thanks for any info as I hate wasting a full 1RU (x4 or more) in a rack for ventilation when 1/2RU ventilation would probably work fine, but I'd still prefer to use all 4 of the unit's mounting holes (heavy and expensive gear!)...

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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2011, 08:07:28 am »

This is what I did a number of years ago (note the ~1/3 RU silver vent panels on the left in the old studio desk shot):


Now, most of the gear is custom so most of the PSUs are outboard - between that and some creative placement heat is much less of an issue:


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Re: Venting Rack Panels
« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2011, 10:51:41 am »

yeah, but heat rises, and that funk logic panel doesn't really look like it's venting anything. i'd also put the real 1u vent above the manley.


the rack is vertical and the entire back of the rack is open, so i'm not too worried about where the heat will go (up and out of course).  it just needed space to do it.  the pic didn't show the back. . .
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