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    Default Suggestion for keeping your gear clean at a DESERT party

    I'm playing my first ever Desert party and I'm really sketched about my APC40, Laptop and MIDI Fighter getting totally screwed by all the dirt and dust in the air. When i say first ever, I mean i've never even been to a party in the Desert let alone perform at one, so i have no idea what to expect and would love some feedback or suggestions. It's not a paying gig, but the potential for lots of people to play for is looking good, so I'm weighing the pros and cons.

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    Dirt and dust have got nothing on beer and cigarette smoke. As long as your gear stays dry, shouldn't take more than a gentle dusting to clean up anything that a night or two of desert can bring. I would make sure that they have an overhead covering of some sort for the DJ gear though, cause depending on the desert, a dry sky can turn into a downpour in minutes.

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    I've heard anecdotally that fests like Burning Man can properly shag your gear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCUS View Post
    I'm playing my first ever Desert party and I'm really sketched about my APC40, Laptop and MIDI Fighter getting totally screwed by all the dirt and dust in the air. When i say first ever, I mean i've never even been to a party in the Desert let alone perform at one, so i have no idea what to expect and would love some feedback or suggestions. It's not a paying gig, but the potential for lots of people to play for is looking good, so I'm weighing the pros and cons.
    Are you referencing burning man?
    I've brought my gear before... and honestly, there isn't a ton you can do while playing, but when you're not, keep everything in ziplock bags

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    Yeah, I play at Outdoor parties all the time and there is no real remedy.

    The Organization i play for have to clean the gear after each party. This is the house gear tho that sits there the duration of the party.

    Dust clouds will be made by the dancers etc.....so we find its best to cover the dancefloor with a thin layer of straw (from straw bales) and then wet the area down.

    Do this a good few hours before it starts and then an hour before.
    This will settle the dust and compact the ground a little.

    Not sure how long you playing, but if you are only gonna bring your gear for your set....you should be ok.

    It not and it has to be exposed for a long time.....maybe some cling film could help?
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    Am I the only one that came here expecting talk about how to keep cake & pie off of mixing hardware?

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    indeed!

    But you doing a Jamie Oliver....not a James Zabiela!

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    deSSert (go back for seconds) lol

    thanks for the suggestions guys. ugh. there's a chance now i might be doing a 4 hour set, my laptop is crying in the corner right now.

    i'm going to suggest the hay trick! hell i might even bring some myself. i had already thought of not busting my stuff out until it's time actually. i was also thinking of the plastic wrap idea! i can't block the vents on the lappy though.

    not sure if i feel better or worse now, but thanks for the suggestions! LOL

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    There is a lot you can do to help dust-proof your laptop. I did a pictorial guide for Burning Man a few years back; I'll re-upload it and post the link.
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    I had to redo the captions and reupload to Picasa, but here's a guide I hope will be helpful. Let me know if you have any questions!

    http://picasaweb.google.com/djsteveb...N740_aRk-GQTA#
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