Rack mount panels, like the method used by Clair Broadcast (Wireless First) are more usable. The tiltable 2RU boxes can be stacked and the back panel on the rear affords a full implementation of all the I/O GPIO and secondary headset ports.
Hi Pete,That does look like a well packaged system with lots of flexibility. Has the rack got C31 splitters built in to allow a single output from a C44 to be split and sent to different locations through the multis? I guess PRG have invested in AES grade multi and XLR cables to put it all together. Are they using colour codes or similar to stop the AES cables getting mixed in with standard XLR?How is the Artist frame configured? 24 Coax Panel Ports, 2 CAT5 cards for the C44s and 24 analogue 4w?What connector is the GPIO typically broken out to from the db9 connector on the panel?Cheers,Neil
I often find that for operator positions where they are using a console, rackmount panels are just too wide, and thats where desktop panels are better.
Out of interest, how do you find the StudioTech hybrids? Do they sound good? Do they auto-null effectively? I have found that some hybrids are great, and some, are not. I like the look of the studiotech ones, and the metering looks very functional.
I'd love to build my own Riedel based system, but Riedel make sure its not really viable for other companies to rent their systems, so its probably a non-starter. In which case, I'd be more inclined to head toward clearcom, as they have a pretty complete line
Here is the configuration I used on the rack.
Clair's panels bring the GPIO out on barrier strips which I think is the wrong way to go - XLR would be better.
From the AIO port labelling, it looks like each of the Whirlwind 12pr is set up to be 6 inputs and 6 outputs from the matrix? Are the 4W ports that are labelled as RPTR for two way radio interfaces? I guess the BTRs were located in another rack and connected via 12 pair multi also?Would you want to see all the GPI on one connector and all the GPO on another, or an indivdual XLRs for each I/O pair?
Has anyone built a ClearCom style flasher that could be integrated with a matrix panel via GPIO yet? It could be powered from a small DC adapter, as there is already needs to be power available for the matrix panel. It would be easy enough to program a logic function to trigger the output on a panel that you want to call to.
That was a slight annoyance for me - 6 port on a multi and 8 on the frame. I actually had to think to figure out what multi was in use...also, the way they wired it the first 6 were input and the second 6 were output. Usually 4-wire ports are used together and it would have been nicer if the box was arranged male/female.
Were the patchbays normalled to always route certain 4 wire ports to multis / local outs or did you have to use patch cables? From the picture it looks like you only needed patch cables to make changes from a default configuration?
It was normaled for the mults A-D and model 47. Here is the layout.
I can see how the difference between 6 ch on the multi and 8 on the AIO cards could be difficult to keep track of. Would it have been easier if there was only 4 AIO ports normalled to each multi, and more of the ports freely patchable to local i/o or the remaining multi channels? I guess the other alternative is a higher channel count multipin, perhaps a 20 Channel Whirlwind W2 that could carry 8 x 4W plus 4 patchable lines.
12 pair is their standard. You are right - a better way would be to only use 4 pair normaled and the remaining 2 pair un-normaled for other patching. Then use all 5 mults for 4 wire interface.
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