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 on: Today at 04:48:46 am 
Started by Joakim Odlander - Last post by Robert Lofgren
Are you using the pc/mac version at all?

You need the pc/mac version to install a new firmware. This app will also show you the currently installed version.

It sounds like you have no connection between your ipad and mr12?

 on: Today at 04:40:46 am 
Started by Patrick Campbell - Last post by Scott Holtzman
Hey Scott, I've got a roll of lacing tape somewhere, too (prob WW2 vintage). But really, nylon cable ties work great and are much faster and easier to snag a bundle in an awkward place with. I don't know about big airplanes but my bug-smasher doesn't have a single piece of lacing tape in it, so far as I know. I'd put cable ties on the short list of great inventions of the 20th century -- just don't use them for suspending speakers over people  ::)

A bar for stabilizing the small wires would be a good thing. I managed by other means. The Phoenix connectors I mentioned have a tab with two holes protruding from the back that allow the wire (over the jacket, presumably) to be tied to the connector with a cable tie. But other than that Rane box I've never seen them. I'd still like a good strain relief that's part of the connector -- or maybe I'm just falling into the engineer's trap of trying to solve problems that don't exist.

The backs of all my amps are supported with beefy aluminum brackets. The 19 in. rack -- another bane of our existence.

Cessna laced all the harnesses on their cabin class twins.  Frankly I know every other light aircraft have ties behind the panel but I don't recall the harnesses.  I found this pic of a lace job

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 on: Today at 04:23:10 am 
Started by Steve Garris - Last post by Scott Holtzman
Yes, helping immensely!

Not sure what HTP and LTP is. I typically use preset scenes if I'm busking. I've never used pallets. As for the movers, we have only (2) focusable movers, and (6) mini wash movers in our show. (1) Universe is fine, but I'm sure as I learn more I'll want more. I'm coming from this progression: Cheap dmx board > Magic 260 > Luminair3. The Luminair has the oscillators and a separate movement generator, much like you're describing. It works, but like you said it's very limited.

I'm going to keep looking, and I'll check out those that you mentioned. My concern is that the Mac-software-midi connectivity will be too complicated. I've not worked in any recording scenario and I'm not familiar with any DAW, so I've got a lot to learn to make this work. I'm a sound guy that got interested in lighting. I just wish there was a "package software" that would do it all, made specifically for band lighting.
I used the Magic 260 for years.  Really liked it.  Do you need a backup?

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 on: Today at 02:46:57 am 
Started by Joakim Odlander - Last post by Joakim Odlander
I have a newly opened Midas MR12 I've decided to use for a small Christmas charity event.
Ipad and dual channel router via ethernet is the setup. Been spending hours on youtube to get up to speed first time not using a real desk with a multicore....and find most videos show the xair and doesn’t quite equate to my MAir layout, ie i cant move channels etc so before I spend more time on this should I be running the Xair instead on the ipad and will that work fine and is it preferable?

Also where do I check for firmware options, is that via the ipad and if required is there a simple procedure for upgrading to the latest version?

Thanks for any assistance, 

 on: Today at 12:54:36 am 
Started by Stan Fordsen - Last post by Stan Fordsen
I know what a stem is in post-production and sound-for-film. But why rename it in live sound? Is it not just a sub-group or aux-bus? (I like that Yamaha calls these mix buses "fixed" and "variable")

 on: Today at 12:52:14 am 
Started by Steve Garris - Last post by Jeff Lelko
No worries, and definitely lots to consider!  Given that you're using more than just a couple fixtures I would think you'd want something that can handle higher channel counts more gracefully, but at the same time if you're only programming this once it's not insurmountable. 

M-PC (now called Onyx by Obsidian) would be a nice fit that's well within your budget, except it only runs on Windows PCs.  Chauvet's ShowXpress might also be another possibility, though I don't have enough experience with it to make a recommendation, and I'd also question its longevity now that Chauvet owns ChamSys.  The reason I mention M-PC is that if you plan to sell programming, I think you'll find more M-PC users in the wild than almost any other platform commonly seen at the lounge level.  The startup cost is also about a third of what DMXIS runs.  Just more food for though...  Good luck with the project!

 on: Yesterday at 11:15:15 pm 
Started by Tom Bourke - Last post by Tom Bourke
Is it only on the one mix you select in the video that is the problem or does it do that with any function, layer change, other mixes, FX, graphic eq mode.
Every fader flip type function is affected.   All fader motors stop responding. Fader position is still monitored by the Internal computer and applied to whatever layer/function you flip to.

 on: Yesterday at 10:48:11 pm 
Started by Debbie Dunkley - Last post by Stephen Swaffer
One of the practical issues that shows up from the Apple devices trying to think for us was an issue I ran into last week.  We were using a new Mac mini to run tracks for a show-a couple feet away we had someone using a Macbook Pro to run a PTZ camera for live streaming.  Admittedly, there are more pro level setups-but one disconcerting issue was any time the young man running the Macbook changed modes on the camera, the Mac mini display would go completely blank for 5-10 seconds.

Hopefully I can find a way to tell the Mini to do what I want it do do and ONLY what I want it to do.  Sometimes a back seat driver is helpful-sometimes not so much!

 on: Yesterday at 10:41:31 pm 
Started by boburtz - Last post by Mac Kerr
Am I correct in thinking that ~300' of solid core (looking at the ProCo SuperShield 4x) will be perfectly reliable?
The optical stuff looks great in terms of handling and reliability, but as soon as you start talking opticalcon, the price goes WAY up when adding in jumpers and panel mounts, etc..

I have not found any CAT5 to be perfectly reliable in any length. If CAT5 gets stepped on or moved your console may show errors, although there may be no perceptible dropout. I would be comfortable saying I have had perfect reliability with optical connections, and try to only use optical for any long runs. Most of the suppliers I deal with do this themselves.


 on: Yesterday at 10:39:23 pm 
Started by Mike Sokol - Last post by Stephen Swaffer
I think it's very possible to try and teach too much to lowest tier hotel AV techs.  I think I'd start with a "go/no-go" module and then delve into theory after lunch for those still interested.

The very first post in this forum is about a hotel meeting room with an Edison power outlet that's labeled "microphone."  I don't expect hotels to do much better.  I agree that meter everything is best practice and one I use, but even at my level of interaction I don't care if a service is 480v delta or 208/277 high leg or 120/208/240 if I don't get the correct meter readings.  I can't change it - my only recourse is to not use it and get someone from the hotel or convention center to label it.

Again I'm all for knowledge (except for forums run by Social Knowledge, but that's another matter) but I think this needs to focus on safety of personnel, guests and equipment.  The *theory* behind 'unsafe for our use' services is nice but unnecessary for most AV techs. All that is necessary is for techs to recognize over voltage and not use it.

This all said, I'm guessing there is a story or 2 behind this request.  Can you share?

I would disagree to an extent.  I realize my background is industrial-but there is no technical reason not to install a 3 phase load only panel in a commercial facility to supply HVAC loads, etc.  The first 3 phase panel Mike showed was designed for such a use-no isolated neutral bus.  A panel like this will have the correct voltage readings-but on a 200 amp panel the difference between a properly sized grounding conductor and a properly sized grounded (aka neutral) conductor is from a #6 to a 3/0.  Similarly a 3 phase receptacle with a grounding conductor but no neutral would be likely to have too small a conductor to run single phase loads.

This "hack"-using a grounding conductor as a neutral is a code violation and a very real safety issue-and it is one of the most common ones I see (short of ignoring the importance of the grounding conductor/safety ground).

In my opinion, knowing how to check voltages is critical-as is determining if a 3 phase power source is a legitimate source of single phase power.  The "wye"-"delta" determination Mike originally mentioned-but the critical thing is if the 4th wire of the "wye" is available at the panel/receptacle-not necessarily if the transformer is delta connected.

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