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The use and function of conduit and trunking in recording studio installation.


How do you install hundreds of metres of cables in a studio without making a horrible tangled mess out of them? The answer is that all cables apart from your ten or so mic cables should be installed in trunking so that they are permanently out of sight and out of harm’s way. Many studios use skirting trunking where, instead of having a solid strip of wood as a skirting board, as in flats and houses, the skirting is hollow so that cables can be installed inside. I would recommend that you make a skirting trunking as shown in Figure 5.2. You won’t get past a door very easily, but you will still probably be able to get your cables anywhere in the room totally invisibly.

If, like in my studio, your equipment occupies an island site in the centre of the room, then you should pass the cables under the floorboards. This needs a little planning at the stage of laying a floating floor. Make sure that holes are cut in all the right places, and poke a length of thick string through where the cables will eventually go. You will need some stiff wire or something similar to do this. When you eventually come to installing your cables, all you have to do is tape them to the string and pull. Tape another length of string to the cables and pull that through for when you have more cables to install.

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By David Mellor Tuesday February 1, 2000
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