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Debbie Dunkley

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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 07:10:32 pm »

Ironically I saw a band last week that was using what looked like an XR16 with a half wave antenna attached.
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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2018, 10:46:26 pm »

Ironically I saw a band last week that was using what looked like an XR16 with a half wave antenna attached.


Further irony - I thought I broke the antenna at the last gig.  I ordered two replacements (cheap <$8.00 ea) and come to find out the antenna was not broken off after all.  Now we have a backup to the spare, and of course, the original.  I think we're set for the life of the mixer :-\ .
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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2018, 07:27:36 am »

We put a 1/2 wave TP link on our XR18 and the internal WiFi has been quite reliable.  I can't recall a dropout.

The problem isn't range or signal strength though.  The internal wireless can only deal with four devices at a time.  If you are in a room with a load of phones all trying to connect to anything available, when you lose connection, something else will take your place in the queue and you will be unlikely to connect again, regardless of how strong the signal is.

You have probably been lucky in not having a disconnection.


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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2018, 02:09:19 pm »

The problem isn't range or signal strength though.  The internal wireless can only deal with four devices at a time.  If you are in a room with a load of phones all trying to connect to anything available, when you lose connection, something else will take your place in the queue and you will be unlikely to connect again, regardless of how strong the signal is.

You have probably been lucky in not having a disconnection.


Steve.
Ah. Guess I need a backup plan besides two backup antennae.  Luck lasts but so long.
I appreciate the caution and the reasoning, Steve.


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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2018, 04:00:32 pm »

I would also never run it without a hard wired option as backup. I always have a laptop connected and often an X-Touch as well.


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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2018, 05:06:31 pm »

We put a 1/2 wave TP link on our XR18 and the internal WiFi has been quite reliable.  I can't recall a dropout. The stock 1/4 wave antenna just does not cut it.
The owner tells me his XR18 does not like the sun, however.  With the small package, heat becomes a big issue outdoors.  Can't speak to the XR12...
Something else to consider.   Half wave antennae are cheap to try.

After checking prices with Mike Pyle I went with the Ui12 instead. 

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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2018, 09:25:39 pm »

I would also never run it without a hard wired option as backup. I always have a laptop connected and often an X-Touch as well.


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This right here! I went without a wired connection once. Once was all it took to learn the lesson. Now whenever I have the XR18 or X32R out I have a laptop connected via copper. 
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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2018, 04:29:29 am »

The first couple of times I used mine, the laptop was the only means of control. I thought I would hate mixing with a laptop and a mouse, but I didnít.


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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2018, 12:16:31 pm »

The first couple of times I used mine, the laptop was the only means of control. I thought I would hate mixing with a laptop and a mouse, but I didnít.

Even better is when you can have a real knob connected to your laptop:
https://griffintechnology.com/us/lp/powermate-controller/powermate
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Re: Very cheap digital mixer
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2018, 01:42:02 pm »

I take my little hard wire kit every show - camera adaptor/usb and powered hub to use with one of my iPads just in case. Never had to use it yet!
However, for the first couple of years of using iPad remote mixing, I could get away with keeping the router in my rack case but over past year or 2 as wifi traffic has increased, more often than not I have to raise up the router using a mic boom stand. Still never had to resort to hard wire - YET.
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