Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about studio desks, studio racks, IsoBox™ and custom recording studio furniture from Sound Construction & Supply.
Studio Desks FAQs
Yes, if there is something specific you require, and the product is available we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please be advised, and wood option outside of our pre-determined selection will be subject to any fee’s for minimal purchase as well as shipping of products from whatever their location. We adhere to all US laws regarding exotic woods, and cannot work with any product deemed illegal by the US government.
Although it may seem simple, our production lines of products have been through hours of design, and R&D testing. Units are cut in quantity and assembled in multiples as well, training craftsman on the assembly process. This allows us to bring products to market at a more aggressive price point. We can modify our products to fit individual needs, but they are then considered “Custom” and will be priced accordingly.
Sound Construction builds only real furniture that is 90% pre -assembled in our facility. Once your product arrives, you set the legs/bases in the room, and put the top on them, secure with bolts and you are ready to use. We know you have to make music, not furniture.
On occasion we can sell just part of a desk, be aware, that all natural wood will “UV” over time, this process with make the wood a different shade from the new top just being produced. Often dependent on the wood type, this option will not look right and it is advised to just get an entire desk.
Most all products ship via freight carrier in 2 sections- the desktop, and the bases. If the product has wood or metal legs it may ship on 1 pallet.
While we do ship overseas, small orders are usually impractical due to the time frame, high cost of air freight, tax and import duties.
Assembly Instructions can be found on each products page under the Assembly Instructions Tab. If a product does not have assembly instructions, that product will ship 100% pre-assembled. Desktop Racks, Straight Studio Racks, Slanted Studio Racks, IsoBox Post, IsoBox Studio, Lowboys, and Keyboard Mouse Trays ship 100% pre-assemble and no assembly is required.
Assembly Instructions for desks with IsoBox Desk Supports and Base Rack Desk Support can be found here.
Assembly Instructions for SCS Signature Series desks with cable pass-through legs can be found here.
It is not advised. Before you do, check the manufacturer specs. Many manufacturers suggest additional air space above or below your rack unit to insure proper ventilation. The IsoBox was designed to help you protect your gear by allowing adequate ventilation.
12 RU Space = 21 inches
16 RU Space = 28 inches
24 RU Space = 42 inches
A “Rack Unit”, (RU) or Rack “U” is an EIA standard measuring unit for rack mount equipment. A “Rack Unit” is equal to 1.75″ (or 43.7 mm) in height.
Yes. Generic vented rack mounted shelves are available from a number of dealers. For a charge of $35.00 we will provide a vented bottom shelf.
The Sorbothane washers reduce hard drive machine vibration up to eighty percent.
Yes. A microprocessor controls the speed of the fans based on the temperature inside the IsoBox™.
The ISOBOX is not a refrigerator. It operates on the ambient temperature of your studio. Ideally your control room temperature is not above 72 degrees (F). Your ISOBOX should run approximately 80-88 degrees (F). Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees are not healthy for your gear. An alarm will sound if the temperature rises above 99 degrees (F).
Ideally your control room temperature is 22 degrees (C) or lower. Your IsoBox™ should run approximately 26-31 degrees (C). Temperatures exceeding 38 degrees are not healthy for your gear. An alarm will sound if the temperature rises above 37 degrees (C).
Thermal load is easy to estimate by adding up the wattage figures on the back of each independent piece of gear you wish to mount in your IsoBox. For instance a stock Mac G5 is factory rated at 750 watts yet with all the bells and whistles can be 1100 watts or more. Each IsoBox is rated for a different thermal load but the rule of thumb is the larger the box the better the cooling – provided you have enough ventilation between units. Our IsoBox Post model was designed specifically for high heat applications often found in post production applications.
With the room temperature being 72º F (22º Celsius) or less, the suggested loads are as follows:
12 space less than or equal to 1200 watts
16 space less than or equal to 1500 watts
20 space less than or equal to 1800 watts
14 space less than or equal to 2250 watts
18 space less than or equal to 3000 watts
24 space less than or equal to 3500 watts
Please note that these ARE ONLY GUIDELINES. Always check the manufacturer’s specs and leave space between hardware. Sound Construction is not responsible for any damage caused due to overheating.
The beeping noise is the audible alarm. Check the display in front.
If the screen flashes an “H”:
This means the IsoBox™ is overheating.
- Open front door and rear door immediately.
If the screen flashes an “F”:
The processor thinks there is fan failure.
- Open front door and rear door to help manage heat.
- Unplug the IsoBox™ power supply.
- Check to see if all fan jacks (2 or 4) are securely mounted. See the IsoBox™ Wiring Schematic.
- Power the IsoBox™ back up.
If the IsoBox™ continues to beep:
Check to see if all fans are working.
After completing the check list and you are still experiencing complications, contact us for tech support.
Each piece of gear is unique. Some machines run hotter than others. To minimize the temperature in your IsoBox™, turn off equipment that you are not using. The IsoBox™ does an excellent job of reducing the noise from today’s digital gear. For specific frequency-related noise reduction reduction information, see the IsoBox™ Noise Reduction Specificaations.
The filter carries a mild electro-static charge which effectively eliminates pass-through of static electricity in the air to your hard drives.
- Reach underneath the IsoBox™.
- Turn the thumb latches and the filter will pull down.
- The electro-static filter (black membrane) can be hand rinsed with clean water and dried before reinsertion.
- 12×12 filters can be cleaned with compressed air or a replacement filter is available through Home Depot or any hardware store.
Although standard box shells are in stock at our factory, each IsoBox™ is handled on a customized basis. Choices on wood, finishes and door swings will extend the turnarounds time to approximately one week. Contact us to check our inventory.
No, not without compromising the finish of the IsoBox™.