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 on: Today at 01:33:23 am 
Started by Patrick Tracy - Last post by Patrick Tracy
The correct answer - DPA d:fine.  E6's were popular in their time, but time marches on. 

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Thanks. DPA was the other name I had in mind. I'll check it out. Any suggestions regarding omnidirectional or unidirectional or other variations?

 on: Today at 01:29:45 am 
Started by dave milton - Last post by Scott Holtzman
I've searched a bit, but can't quite find the answer I'm looking for, so I'll post a direct question.
Here's the deal:

I want to purchase a DMX software controller.  My needs are fairly simple, but sort of specific.  I don't need anything fancy or complex, and I only run lights occasionally.  Basically there are three venues that I run lights at a few times a year....each has their own board and each always has problems or issues when I come in to do my thing (after being away  from this venue for many months at sometimes).   Two of these venues have only fixed PAR/Ellpisoidal/Fresnel instruments (maybe also a couple scoops or Cycs), and one has basic fixed LED instruments with a few channels each but nothing moving or "intelligent".  I'm basically only setting maybe 6 or 7 scenes max and not bothering with any chases or auto-fades or anything like that.  Pretty much just a few different stage washes and maybe a couple specials/spots.  Fairly old-school stuff.  It's okay if the software is capable of much more complex control, but it's just not necessary.

But I'm tired of always coming in to find the board in each venue a mess or not working properly.  So I want a software controller on my laptop that I can just bring to the venue, plug it in to their system, bypass their controller, and run the shows that way.

Now here's the specific thing -
   My audio rig (which is what I do more often) is an X32 board that I sometimes plug my laptop into (for another screen and some control) but that I also control from my IPad.  The IPad I use so that I can walk the room, soundcheck monitors from the stage, and such.  Essentially, I set up an router as a network, the X32 and the laptop connect to it via ethernet cable, and the Ipad connects via WiFi.   And it occurs to me that this is what I want to do with the light control as well....have the ability to move away from the board (and the light loft) if/when necessary.

Last "feature" I want is "not terribly expensive" (ok, what I really want is for it to be cheap!).  First of all, at least some of the work I do is on a volunteer basis or for pretty low pay.  It is NOT something I do full-time and or the main source of income.  Second, my budget is kinda tight for this, and it's not strictly something I "need", more something I "want" so I can't justify spending big bucks.

So, this is what I'm looking for:
--- DMX software controller
--- Only needs to be fairly simple, capable of running mostly fixed instruments, a few basic scenes (mostly stage washes), manual fades, no chases/shows/etc. 
--- I intend to bring my laptop to the venue plug it into their system (I'm assuming through a dongle of some sort) and be up and running.
--- I also want to be able to control via an IPad.
--- Reasonably inexpensive

I'm assuming such a thing exists.  And instead of sifting through the sales pitch of someone trying to upsell me something I don't really need/want, I figured I'd go to y'all for suggestions.

So, what should I look into buying?

thanks, d.

Chauvet ShowXpress

 on: Today at 12:21:54 am 
Started by Patrick Tracy - Last post by Caleb Dueck
The correct answer - DPA d:fine.  E6's were popular in their time, but time marches on. 

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 on: Today at 12:15:50 am 
Started by Taylor Hall - Last post by Caleb Dueck
Multiple tabletop gooseneck mics and an automixer.  If it's an install - any good DSP has this function.  If its  portable - even the Qu series has it, among many other mixers.  Tight pattern mics, set to "reach out" to the presenter.

Also speakers with tighter pattern control if possible, farther downstage, for better GBF.

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 on: Today at 12:15:05 am 
Started by Ara Ayrassian - Last post by Ara Ayrassian
I have a single SH96 in excellent condition $3000 I can upgrade it to a HO for another $600 .

 on: Today at 12:03:08 am 
Started by Taylor Hall - Last post by TomBoisseau
Your best results really would be using lavs and, I suspect, in time you may find it worth while to move that direction.  But, seeing that that is not currently an option, a podium type mic for each member of the panel can provide good results provided the panelists don't lean back from them (which some probably will). 

I prefer using gooseneck podium mics instead of just handhelds on table stands because the gooseneck can extend out over any paperwork or notebooks they have and thereby get the mic closer to the mouth of the presenter.  The drawback to podium mics of course is that the are much more prone to "plosives", so use a really good windscreen. 


 on: Yesterday at 11:49:17 pm 
Started by Greg_Cameron - Last post by Greg_Cameron
Anybody else seeing bad rendering of the forums on Safari? I see a huge gap between the top banner adds and the actual thread list. And links are kind of smattered all over the page in weird spots.

Also, I don't seem to be getting notification on threads I've turned on notifications for.

Thanks for any insight.

 on: Yesterday at 11:46:20 pm 
Started by Greg_Cameron - Last post by Greg_Cameron
How did you get on with installing the new caps?

I've just had an 8001 go down and am looking into replacing the power caps as an option.
Which ones did you go for and do they fit/work as expected?

Sorry I missed this. The new caps worked great - once the rectifiers were replaced. It's likely the failed rectifier is what caused the cap to blow.


 on: Yesterday at 11:42:14 pm 
Started by John L Nobile - Last post by Art Welter
Presonus has come out with a box that has a 12" "woofer" and 8 - 2" speakers which they claim is a line array meets point source system. I don't know who they're marketing this to but it's not me.

I can't keep up with all the new speaker systems coming out in the last few years. It reminds me of the synth explosion in the 80's.

The CBT array concept is not exactly new:

D. B. Keele, Jr., “The Application of Broadband Constant Beamwidth Transducer (CBT) Theory to Loudspeaker Arrays,” 109th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Preprint 5216 (Sept. 2000).

CBT theory wasn't exactly new 18 years ago either, but it takes a while for even Keele to spin a few heads.
His “What’s So Sacred About Exponential Horns” came out in 1975, but exponential horns have not gone away.
As Stephen Kirby points out, today's better 2" cone drivers ain't what were put in transistor radios in the 1960's ;^).
Cone driver HF have some advantages over compression driver/line array HF horn designs, but like every other "solution" won't solve every equation.


 on: Yesterday at 11:38:27 pm 
Started by Greg_Cameron - Last post by Greg_Cameron
Also lacking on the surface are delay parameter controls. Plenty of delay available in the processing for using these as supplemental delays in ballrooms and even outdoor events. Unfortunately, the delay is only accessible through networking. I was told by JBL that it is impossible to add surface control of this in a firmware update due to hardware constraints. HUGE bummer...

That is a bummer. I haven't had to apply delay directly to the SRX yet. I guess I'll have to keep an ethernet cable handy if I ever do.

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