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FLIR thermal imaging ensures trouble free recording

30 March 2020

To provide the music industry with first-class recording facilities, The Bieber Studio (based in Offenbach in Germany) relies on FLIR thermal imaging technology. Indeed, it takes condition-based maintenance very seriously as it minimises technical issues so sound engineers can focus on creativity.

“Not only do we check the electrics in the studio on a regular basis but also take a close look at the 19-inch racks,” explained Oli Rüger, a guitarist and producer who has headed the operation since its establishment in the 1970s. “These racks contain many professional effects units, pre-amps, amplifiers and a crucial large patch bay that enables each signal to be sent precisely where it is needed for recording or further processing.”

Regular testing of all studio equipment using the FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging camera gives the team the confidence that older technology also works as required. Over the years Oli Rüger has built-up an impressive collection of classic effect units and vintage instruments. This equipment is still highly valued by today’s musicians as it creates special sound effects; the Fender fuzz pedal from the 1960s is a good example. 

Read the full article in the April issue of DPA.

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