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I bought an Alesis Ion over the internet and forgot to ask if it was in a smoke-free studio. It wasn't, and this thing smells absolutely terrible. What's a good way to deodorize it? I'm very close to reselling it - I can't stand the smell!

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A circuit board cleaner/degreaser may do the trick and it shouldn't damage any of the electronics. Just make sure the equipment is unplugged when spraying it and let it dry thoroughly before plugging it back in.

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The Ion actually has very little in the case, which is probably why the smell is so strong. If you have confidence and a steady hand, I would take it apart and clean the inside of the metal chassis to start with.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

It smelled so bad I couldn't wait for answers so I cracked it open.

Here's what I did:

  • Removed all knobs and placed in hot soapy water for over an hour
  • Removed screws and opened her up. Got a vacuum in there to pick up any dust and other accumulated stuff
  • While knobs were removed, vigorously cleaned the front panel and keys

This reduced the smell, but it is still apparent. I think the next steps are a full disassemble and spot clean using alcohol on the panels and circuit cleaner on the electronics. I suspect a removal of the keys and a soak in hot water/soap will help them significantly. Thanks for the suggestions, I hope this helps someone.

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Did it once for a laptop's keyboard with Eau de Cologne on a paper towel. But you may have to open it.

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But is it really related to this site? –  moala Apr 21 '11 at 8:06
The question is essentially about cleaning/maintaining equipment, which is very much a part of the duties of recording engineers. Therefore, I think it should be allowed. –  Friend Of George Apr 21 '11 at 13:49

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