Use self storage for audio equipment Whether you’re DJing weddings, striking out on a new career as a producer, or just really like to let the music play, audio equipment can be a great hobby and an expensive investment. So, what happens when you’re not using the equipment? Does it eat up space in your home or apartment, take up valuable inventory room at your business? Believe it or not, it’s when your audio equipment is not being used that it is at a greater risk of breaking or being damaged. Thankfully, with the right preparations and steps as well as key storage features, a storage unit is the perfect solution for your audio equipment. How to prepare your audio equipment for storage Storing your audio equipment in self storage starts long before you actually place the equipment inside the unit. As with most self storage situations, you begin by carefully cleaning your belongings and prepping them for storage. One of the most sensitive items you’ll be preparing may be the needle. When receiving proper care, this important piece of equipment can be used for hours, so be sure to use a specifically-made needle cleaning brush or clothe and avoid using a normal dust rag or fingers. Other important areas to ensure are clean and dry include the rubber pad that your records sit on while being used on your turntable, any microphones in use, and plugins. Contaminants in these key areas can build up over time and cause degrading, loss of sound, and otherwise expensive replacements. Also, be sure to use a mild detergent to avoid eating away at any paint on your soundboard or equipment, This is also a good time to test and carefully coil cords. To test these, set up your sound system then plug in your mic and play some music. Take time to wiggle each plug in its socket to ensure they fit tightly as well as flex each cord. If the sound breaks at all or carries static, consider that a warning sign and purchase some backup cords. Lastly, consider backing up all of your music sources through options such as cloud storage or portable hard drive. While most of this equipment has to be stored in specifically-designed containers, places odds and ends such as cords and plugs, in plastic totes. This is also an ideal time to carefully mark and inventory each piece of equipment. Self storage features for audio equipment As with much electronic equipment, audio tools are sensitive to things such as temperature and humidity as well as a costly investment to lose through theft or vandalism. Thankfully, there are storage features that protect these sensitive areas. Use a storage unit with climate control for storing your audio equipment. Not only will this feature maintain a constant temperature no matter how hot or cold it is outside, but it will also keep your equipment dry from any humidity in the air. You’ll also want to protect your audio equipment with storage features such as electronic gate access, which requires a keycode to enter the facility, as well as onsite management and video surveillance. Two other key features for storing your audio equipment deal with access. As this equipment is often heavy and awkward to carry, find a storage unit with drive up access. This allows you to pull your vehicle directly up your unit for easy drop off and delivery. You may also benefit from a storage facility with 24-hour access, because who knows how late your shows may go. Placing audio equipment in a storage unit. These last steps may seem obvious, but they’re no less important and bear repeating: never drop or bump equipment such as speakers and turntables, and always handle with care. Even if using a unit with drive-up access, this can be difficult. When it comes to placing your equipment inside the unit, consider finding a storage unit with built-in shelving, provide your own, or even use wooden pallets to keep your audio tools off the ground. This provides another level of security against any humidity or dampness on the floor. It is also recommend that your organize your unit at this time. A key to doing this is to line perimeter of the storage unit rather than piling everything into the corner or center. This way, you have quick, visible access to everything in your unit if you only need one small PA system or maybe even just spare cords. Should you require a larger unit, it is okay to place things in the middle of the unit as long as there are clear aisles you can traverse. Whether as a fun hobby, aspiring career, or establish business, an audio system and equipment is a fun and valuable investment. Protect this investment with the right preparation and storage features, and let the music play on.