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R/E/P => Recording - Engineering & Production => Topic started by: Blas on October 13, 2017, 12:43:45 pm

Title: Smoke Get In Your....
Post by: Blas on October 13, 2017, 12:43:45 pm
Wish it was jus' my eyes, but nope in my cables.  I had done a mobile session that had my mobile gear set up for about 10 days.  I covered the DAW system, mic's were pulled but the canare cabling I have my tech create where let in place.  Well as I was packing off the rig, I realized the cig smoke had sifted from the bands upstairs living quarters down into my mic lines!  I do require no smoking around my gear, but wasn't wise enough to consider long term exposure to cables.

I picked up  a bottle of Fa-breeze (sp?) and wiped them down (which took hours) and packed 'em back up in my road case.  After almost 1 month later, I was horrified to open the case and get hit with that damn smell!  So, I am open to suggestions to remove the odor (and will charge new client's a cleaning fee, should it be in any location that there are butt-suckers). Idea's?? 
Title: Re: Smoke Get In Your....
Post by: Dan Mortensen on October 14, 2017, 01:13:01 pm

I picked up  a bottle of Fa-breeze (sp?) and wiped them down (which took hours) and packed 'em back up in my road case.  After almost 1 month later, I was horrified to open the case and get hit with that damn smell!  So, I am open to suggestions to remove the odor (and will charge new client's a cleaning fee, should it be in any location that there are butt-suckers). Idea's??

Don't store them in road cases?

The most horrible smells (including when cables are new) will linger on for years if stored in closed containers, but will dissipate in weeks (maybe) if left in the open so the outgassing can occur and be replaced by clean air.

Putting a fan on them quickens the process.

Be patient and you won't notice the smell after a while. That's been my experience, anyway.
Title: Re: Smoke Get In Your....
Post by: John Scrip - MASSIVE Mastering on October 15, 2017, 10:48:17 am
Armor All (original).  That'll take care of the smell *and* clean the surface of the cable. 

I used to soak a sponge with it and go to town.  Worked like a champ.  Tape residue, beer, smoke, etc.  I'd imagine Goof Off would work well also, but there was something nice about Armor All...  The "shine" and slickness goes away fairly quickly.