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 on: Yesterday at 04:37:51 pm 
Started by Steve Alves - Last post by brian maddox
Which one? Advantages or disadvantages of each? The top link is 250 feet but it is also available in 500.

I am not anywhere near an expert on this subject, but i know what we use where i work and i know it works well.

The fiber with the sleeve over the end for pulling is a Very Good Idea.  Fiber ends don't like getting beat up, and this tends to keep that from happening.

AS to the differences in specific tactical fiber, i don't really have any first hand knowledge.  I"m sure others can pipe in.

I will say that we use the Bi-Directional SFPs with Very Good Results.  I'm a particular fan of these as it prevents the inevitable reverse patching [was it yellow to yellow?  Yellow to White?  was white on...?  wait which one is Primary?] and the 20 minutes it takes to walk back and forth and figure out where you did it.  One color Module on one end and One on the other and it works.

All the other things Mac said are also on point. 

Good luck and welcome to the Light!  :)

 on: Yesterday at 04:36:29 pm 
Started by John Lackner - Last post by John Lackner
I saw this mixer at NAMM awhile back. Looked pretty useful for smaller events. It appears to be similar to a Touchmix except with faders. Has anybody had any real world experience with this mixer?

 on: Yesterday at 04:31:43 pm 
Started by Jon Dees - Last post by Jeff Lelko
Hi Jon, you've gotten some good input so far and I'll do my best to provide some additional useful guidance. 

What is your easiest-to-teach board in the slightly serious market?

Knowing nothing else about your situation, I'd focus mostly on the Cognito2, and maybe the ETC ColorSource desks.  I've seen both the Cognito and a few Jands solutions successfully installed in many venues relying on volunteer support.  I think you've already picked up on the fact that the Congitos are designed with the novice operator in mind, yet still allow for rather complex programming.  The ColorSource consoles are ETC's current approach to entry-level desks, though depending on your total fixture count and number of moving fixtures this option may leave you wanting more.  How many light fixtures are you planning on?  Considering reasonable expansion down the road, what your "maximum" rig looking like?  From a control aspect, sometimes less is more so long as your needs are met. 

Cobalt is an interesting product, and thanks for the shout-out TJ!  I really like my Congo Kid for what it is, but I wouldn't recommend it for the average volunteer.  That's the trouble with any "big" desk really, is how approachable it is.  The Eos line is more industry-standard, but still pricey and possibly more than you really need.  Is your need really to program a few tasteful scenes and effects, and just have the volunteer operator play them back?  If so, I'd really push to use a smaller desk with less emphasis on streamlined rapid programming and busking versus one that can do anything in an instant, yet have no one capable of learning the programming aspect.  The Element gets a strong vote here if you don't like the Cognito or need more than what the ColorSource Series can offer.  As TJ mentioned, the programming aspect of moving light control could still be better, but if you're coming from the Express you'll still be impressed.  I personally find the Element to be a good combination of horsepower, ease of use, and affordability.  At the same time, if you don't mind learning the Cobalt syntax, it's hard to beat the busking capability and overall flexibility compared to similarly priced options.  Just my opinion though, and it all comes down to what you're willing to pay (and learn) just so that you can turn your lights on.  Hope this helps and good luck!


 on: Yesterday at 04:25:19 pm 
Started by Tim Barber - Last post by Tim Barber
Kramer, Extron, and Roland have products that will meet your needs.  Note that there are three functions you need to understand:  Input conversion (e.g. VGA to HDMI), scaling (e.g. 720x480 -> 1920x1080), and switching.  Not all devices do all functions.  The most flexible devices have scalers for each input (Roland V-40HD), but these are more expensive.  Some devices have multiple inputs but only one scaler, which are cheaper but may create other issues when switching - either significant delay or breaks in the video.

Two other concepts for you to research - EDID management and HDCP.

If at all possible, go to a digital output from your switcher to your projector - either HDMI if the run is short (HDMI splitter to your TV), or HDbaseT or SDI if longer.

Thank you Tom, that's helpful information.

 on: Yesterday at 04:23:12 pm 
Started by Art Welter - Last post by Art Welter
REW at least, has prior versions going way back

If you're still interested in getting to the bottom of what you saw in Smaart, I'd get whatever version of REW running,
 and start from ground up with a soundcard calibration.

Guess you missed that my laptop is OS6.8, REW starts at OS7, and the problem in the OP was sorted, it's a Smaart RTA glitch, see post #11.


 on: Yesterday at 04:19:21 pm 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by Nathan Riddle
Tapcons are appropriate for lightweight loads such as conduit that won't be turned into monkey bars.

For medium weight loads, I wouldn't consider anything less than wedge style lags.

For anything that could be subjected to extreme shear or pulling force, a safer solution is through bolts that bear on the opposite side of the wall. Then you're not depending on the tensile or shear strength of the concrete at all; it's all compressive. And concrete has excellent compressive strength.

Good point about through bolts, I was considering that if I ended up doing some work on it. With as much disgust with the wedge style lags into the wall I probably would have gone that route.

I don't know if I would trust tampons.  Even though they expand to fill a void, they are removed too easily unless the string is removed.


I'll report back when I find out what they did, so we can all have a good laugh.

 on: Yesterday at 04:00:09 pm 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by David Allred
Haha, so true. Thanks for lightening the mood :)

Currently, I think tapcons will be used to hold the unistrut to the wall. Either that or wedge style lags.

I don't know if I would trust tampons.  Even though they expand to fill a void, they are removed too easily unless the string is removed.

 on: Yesterday at 03:32:25 pm 
Started by Jeremy Young - Last post by Tim McCulloch
I'll say it again- SEARCH the forum.  It is NOT NECESSARY to reinvent the wheel.

 on: Yesterday at 03:30:05 pm 
Started by Tracy Garner - Last post by brian maddox
Yes. You send an "Advance Tech". That's what their job is, to do a site visit and determine what the needs of the show are, if any of the in house systems are usable and to what degree. They confer with the touring head and make those decisions based on what needs to be done. It's really not that hard, nor is it that expensive. Some airfare and a hotel room for a night or two. Some guys even really like doing the advance work because get they get to travel a few days and then go home for a week or two between shows and don't have to be living on the road, eating catering and sleeping on a bus every night for 6 to 24 months at a time.


I'd be fine doing this kind of thing.  And i'm sure there's plenty of other grey-haired but not dead yet guys out there that would be just as happy to do it as well.  For a tour of the magnitude we're talking about it'd be a tiny expense.

There's plenty of guys out there with the experience and knowledge to do this kind of thing.  But the real issue is trust.  They would have to be someone that the tour audio guys REALLY trust, and most of them barely have a stable of trusted techs large enough to fill all the normal touring positions.  As usual, this problem isn't really a practical one, it's a human one....

 on: Yesterday at 03:23:43 pm 
Started by Sam Costa - Last post by brian maddox


If you've seen Flyware on 650's that looked like proper hardware it came from these guys.  Nothing else is really worth looking at.

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