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 on: Today at 03:55:08 am 
Started by Richard Penrose - Last post by Scott Holtzman
I have a dolly where two DSRs sit angled face to face with the backs in opposite corners.  Fairly compact.  But there are times when I'm using them in a bar gig, throwing them in the back of my Mazda 3 or just moving them around.  It seems like more handles would be nice, but it's never been a problem for me.

Agreed about the load in logistics.  Grassy fields, stairs, dumbwaiters, narrow hallways.  All add to the pain of a gig.  At least out here we rarely have to deal with snow and icy parking lots.  A couple times in the mountains was enough for me.  Pile the gear onto a snowcat?  Okay, but I won't be back next year.  ;)

Surprisingly this winter we dodged and really bad days.  Back inn the day when we were pushing around a 2300lbs of Apogee speakers and amp rack we utilized a trailer.  Pulled by an old Dodge conversion van.  Was a real hoot. 

I digressed as usual, the ramp to the van froze over as we were loading in.  Pushing these cases up an ice covered ramp was a mess.  We had our boots and Carharts so it warmth was not an issue.  It was comical. I am glad we moved on from those days.

 on: Today at 03:30:48 am 
Started by Pete Erskine - Last post by Pete Erskine
Intracom?  That's a new one for me...

They are a terrific all software Matrix system.  Programming by the person (John Jurrius) who did the original programming for the Clear-Com Matrix Plus.

see here:

or this video by me:

 on: Today at 03:25:24 am 
Started by Pete Erskine - Last post by Pete Erskine
What is actually causing the "stuttering"?
Do I take it these systems are not diversity and as such, the RF signals are subject to (partial) cancellation due to the out of phase signals reflected signal from the ceiling?

The multipath reflections cause out of time reception of several signals to the extent that the 1s and 0s cannot be distinguished anymore.  They are not diversity - this wouldn't fix the issue anyway.  Two solutions are better RX circuits and changing the kind of data which is sent.  The data type is fixed because of the licence to use DECT and cannot be changed,  Adding diversity as well as polarity diversity and extensive processing would probably help.

The new Bolero from Riedel does that and may work better (I have yet to try it myself).  Crewcom from Plyant (Coachcom) deals with it in a different way.  They made the data word be 3X linger with sane no if bits,  Now the multipath distortion is smaller in relation to the direct signal.  See the diagram below.

 on: Today at 03:21:44 am 
Started by Don Gspann - Last post by Scott Holtzman

Thumbnails.  Great if you have eyes in your thumb, I guess. ;)

Came from a flip phone.

 on: Today at 03:03:25 am 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by Scott Holtzman
Great post Ray.  BTW this thread has over 10k views.  Didn't know we were that interesting.

We just finished the first of a series of shows that are technically more complicated and orders of magnitude larger than anything we have ever engaged in.  Tonight went off without a single production error.  The room looked great and the client was gushing.

I was so proud of my team.  The most valuable asset and to be part of the professional growth of these individuals is heartwarming.

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 on: Today at 02:58:15 am 
Started by John L Nobile - Last post by Steve M Smith

Gaffer or gaffer's tape... not gaff!!!


 on: Today at 02:11:56 am 
Started by Jim McKeveny - Last post by Robert Lofgren
Inputs 1 thru 32 have delay available in 0.3ms increments.  Aux inputs do not have delay.
Here it is important to pay attention about the tech stuff. It is not the inputs but rather the channel strips that do the processing.

So, for the first 1-32 channel strips there is full processing including input delay. Anything (within the routing capabilities) can be assigned to those 1-32 channel strips, including the aux inputs.

 on: Today at 01:44:59 am 
Started by Pete Erskine - Last post by Ryan Trefethen
Ryan and Brian, I agree with your assessments about local sidetone. Another phenomenon that I've observed is that when most users notice the breakup, they say something like, "I think John needs a new battery," or "I think I need a new battery." It's better than "Hey A2, I notice some errors resulting from multipath interference, did you spec the wrong com system for this venue?"

Ha this is very funny. Yes getting a battery replaced is akin to leaning over the monitor desk and "making" the adjustment. 60% of the time it works every time.

I'll add that I purchased the pizza pans recommended by Pete and did a quick A/B test with and without them in the Santa Clara Convention Center exhibit halls. They did not improve the breakup for me in that room, but it was very minimal to begin with.

Yes Ross, I too tried the trays at my event and that did not help my particular problem. I believe my problem was not multipath but just noise floor issues. Which the stage shielding the antennas seemed to help.  Wonder if you tried something silly like putting them in a closed road case on a short stand.  Putting mine under the stage and under tables near the users most likely reduced my range but I was lucky to have 10 antennas in that system and I used them all to account for this.

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 on: Today at 01:08:00 am 
Started by John P. Farrell - Last post by John P. Farrell
After much searching about, i bought this...

Thanks for the heads up on this.  I just ordered one for $169 with the divider kit and got free shipping also.  Lighter than the Pelican, too!  I have no doubt this'll work out very well, and it should be easily identifiable in the sea of pelicans I'm constantly surrounded by. 


 on: Yesterday at 11:58:49 pm 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by Ray Aberle
I feel like, since Nathan posted that (from 2 years ago) I should provide an update. :)

- Our business has increased every year. As in 30-50% increases year over year. Retail (the eBay sales stuff) has certainly helped with that, but the last two years have been about the same retail-wise-- and production continues to grow.

- Last year, we replaced all of the used I-Techs that I had purchased in 2014 for the VerTecs with I-Tech HDs. The conventional I-Techs have been having problems (every year, one or two have to go back for repair) and I need to ensure that we have reliable amps for shows! Last year, we also purchased a small fleet of new road cases, added more VRX boxes and STX812M wedges, doubled our QLX-D wireless inventory, added pipe & drape, and purchased the CL5/Rio, press mults, Worker lifts, and a new Motion Labs distro.  ($130K or more spent in 2016!)  We also lost 5 cable ramps, but let's not remember that...

But more importantly, and to the point of that previous thread ("do you feel that owning a line array is a necessity to do this type of work full time?")--

Would that $130K in new gear in 2016 have been needed if I didn't have our VerTec rig? No.
Would I have purchased any of that if I didn't own the VerTec rig? No.
Did the VerTec rig produce/cause a significant portion of our income in 2016? Absofuckinglutely.

Without that system...
- We wouldn't have made the introduction into political rallies last year, which (between campaign appearances and other shows we performed as a result of the campaign appearances) was a good 20% of our gross billing last year.
- We wouldn't have met the people that are running a major convention in San Jose in January and Reno in June. Those two shows this year represent nearly 15% of our business this year alone.
- We wouldn't have JUST had a nice rental this past week at a local church for a youth conference.
- The show I mentioned in the previous post, where I got it cos I could guarantee them the VerTecs would not have happened. Granted, they stiffed me on 50% of the payment (UGH!) but still.... loolz.
- Touring Yoga show in May that we're doing for the second year... wouldn't have happened.
- Being a part of Microsoft's Windows 10 launch event... wouldn't have happened...

It was worth it. Yeah, I'm oooozing loads of money on a monthly basis (if the VerTecs go out once a month, I'm OK, but if they don't...).

You know what's even more important? Through people I have met ONLY BECAUSE I have the VerTec rig, I have met some great new guys that are now on OUR rolodex. It's a LOT easier for me to staff shows these days-- one call, or two, and it's handled. My guys like that I pay them onsite, BAM. Literally, Sunday evening, one of my techs said that's why he (and his wife) LOVE me- that none of the other companies he works for pays that damn fast. I am finally getting to the point where I don't have to work EVERY SHOW-- my team is good, and they make me look good every day. I like being able to send a team out to a show and know that everything is going to run as smooth as possible.

Here's a keeper from this: Gear doesn't mean shit most of the time. It's the people. And it's not just the ability to run a show- it's how they interact with the client, the talent and the guests. You can be the best mixperson in the world, but if everyone hates you, then you're not going to go far. We wouldn't be growing at this rate, with JUST the VerTec rig, if I didn't have top-notch people to send out with it.

Oh, and my parents still live with me, but my sister and her daughters moved out. =-\


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