I read somewhere else that it was due to generator problems because they were supplied three smaller generators instead of two beefier ones, even though the total supply was to be the same, and barfed when the electronics needed more peak power?
Sensitive things (like consoles) should be on a UPS.
Also where is the line drawn? What about amps that have DSP built into them--we'd probably not put them on a UPS. Intelligent lighting? I'd rather recommend that people meter/monitor their power, make sure you use good generators, and invest in quality AC distribution.
My opinion is that anything that anything that is constantly updated throughout the show and takes several minutes to boot up should be on a UPS. Audio consoles, lighting consoles, and computers without an internal battery, for example. It's not about making it through the gig on battery power, it's about getting through brief interruptions without going down for several minutes while everything reboots.Amps and DSP usually boot pretty quickly. Most consoles and computers don't. You can't (and shouldn't) put a UPS on everything, but having them on the sensitive components that take a while to boot makes sense to me. If you don't want to run UPS's on your equipment, that's your decision, but you're not going to talk me out of running mine.
First, I take the blame for the Radiohead console failure. I wasn't there and have nothing to do with the band but I was told today is my turn to be Designated Scapegoat, so there you have it. /sarcHumor aside, I'm a big believer in UPS back up for *everything* that has a boot time of more than a few seconds. Consoles, system DSP, lighting consoles, etc.WWE has the biggest UPS I've ever seen in portable use (and they have generators and land line power with auto switching). The UPS powers the primary production truck and the uplink truck for the 10 seconds it takes to accomplish the switch over. The battery bank and inverter are both about the size of a large commercial refrigerator (and weigh considerably more).If Vince McMahon can have a UPS, so can I!!
WWE has the biggest UPS I've ever seen in portable use.
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