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 on: Yesterday at 07:04:58 pm 
Started by Andrew Broughton - Last post by Russell Ault
My guess is that for basic coordination and wireless setup of equipment that you know, the manufacturer's software is fine, but if you need max channels with all kinds of different products from different manufactures, IAS can be better? Or maybe not?

Most of my experience is with WSM and WWB. Even on shows that are using all Sennheiser gear I'll still build the coordination in WWB first. I do this for two reasons: first, I tend to find that WWB will get me a few more channels per chunk of spectrum than WSM (the IAS coordinations I've seen suggest that IAS is even more spectrum-efficient than WWB, at least when used by a skilled operator). More important, though, is that WWB handles third-party (i.e. non-Shure) equipment much more happily than WSM, and the there's always the chance I'll have to add something to the coordination later that isn't Sennheiser. (My familiarity with WWB vs. WSM, as well as the fact that my RF Explorer Python scanning script dumps out csv files in WWB format, also likely plays a roll in my leaning on WWB.)

The impression I've gotten, both in practice and interacting with some of the experts in the field, is that IAS is incredible for really big shows (and obviously is equipment-agnostic), but that as long as you're not coordinating more than, say, 40 or 50 channels, the added power may not be worth the significant price tag.

Ultimately, in my mind, the software is just a tool like any other. I can't justify buying a TTi SA because my RF Explorer fulfills my current SA needs, and IAS vs. WWB is a similar decision: WWB fulfills my current coordination needs. If I were to start doing coordinations for much larger shows there's a decent chance one or both of those needs would change, but for now I'm very happy with what I can do in WWB, and I see no great need to drop a chunk of change on something that won't make any meaningful difference to what the audience hears.

I guess there's other software out there too, like the stuff Kaltman Creations sells. Again, never heard of anyone using it, so no idea how good it is.

I'm pretty sure Ike Zimbel uses Kaltman's Invisible Waves RF Command Center for RF surveilance, but I don't think he uses Kaltman's coordination software.


 on: Yesterday at 07:02:24 pm 
Started by Richard Turner - Last post by Richard Turner
Seeing as we already did best and worst amplifiers

Whats the worst dog of a loudspeaker you ever owned

I think I'll go with the mackie SA1232.

I bought them on a kind of, have to be out of here tonight kind of situation without much research. They were heavy, not very loud for the size of them and gave no warning before hitting thermal shut down. did not truck pack well. I did find a use for them playing mostly DJ/canned music on a couple longish rentals before dumping them for surprisingly more than I paid for them. So not a total loss but would not repeat. THey did sound ok at moderate volume eg 4 on 1000 sqft dance floor but were no fun for moving around and mobile use

 on: Yesterday at 07:00:34 pm 
Started by Franklin Benjamin - Last post by Dan Mortensen
Seconding or thirding the comments. They were in the NAB part of the last AES Convention in NYC and their stuff looked great and they were real friendly and knowledgeable, so I had them do some cases and foam replacement for SKB mic cases last fall. They had a Show Discount, too, which made it much easier (15% IIRC).

Since the open cell foam like SKB uses (or used, don't know if they still use the same thing) degrades over time, I didn't want to go that route again. mycasebuilder has several types, and the only version of the expanded polyethylene (the material I'd prefer to use) that they have is white, that worked out perfect since I hate looking into black holes in the dark to find black microphones.

Their app worked like crap on my iPad but awesome when I moved to a computer like they suggested, and the cases and foam came fairly quickly and were exactly like I expected them to be, for the most part. There were two little cases that I designed that have turned out to be not quite what I need, and they offer a sort of insurance policy at the time of purchase that lets you get that case be remade once free of charge, plus shipping. Got the insurance, haven't taken advantage of it yet.

The other sweet thing about them is that the shape, the number of shapes, and the size of shapes within each case are irrelevant to the price. One price for the case/foam covers any shape you can invent in their app.

If you order the case and foam together, they assemble them. If you just order foam inserts (like the SKB replacement), fitting is up to you, but a few trims with the electric carving knife to radius corners made those fit perfectly.

Highly recommended.

 on: Yesterday at 06:57:29 pm 
Started by Debbie Dunkley - Last post by Debbie Dunkley
Picked up my DSR112 yesterday from the repair shop. They replaced the circuit board. Itís powered up at this point with no noise. Will be taking the speaker out next week and will follow up if I have an issue.

Good to hear...hope the show went well and that the speaker is back to normal.

My update:
I dropped off my speaker last monday to get it's replacement amp module installed. I called yesterday as I hadn't heard anything and the tech told me it had been waiting for me all week and that he had left a message. I wasn't aware - must have missed the message somehow - but anyway we picked it up today.
I haven't tried it out yet but of course the problem I had before didn't seem to occur till I was using it at a show anyway - so I'll try it this weekend coming. I will bring a spare with me just in case but fingers crossed we are all fixed and this unnecessarily longwinded repair episode is over.

 on: Yesterday at 06:52:05 pm 
Started by Sean Barry - Last post by Andrew Broughton
David, you may be correct.  I think that solid CAT cable is inherently less reactive, but if it's certified at a specific category, it should meet the specification.  One discussion I saw recommended 100M maximum for solid and stated 80M was the limit for stranded cable for their particular product.  I have a auditorium that ran 500' runs of CAT5 (100M - 328' was the recommended maximum) and their X32 has been running flawlessly for several years.
Just don't try that with Dante.

 on: Yesterday at 06:47:36 pm 
Started by Sam Costa - Last post by Sam Costa
Hello everyone,
Hoping to see if someone could chime in on whether or not this would be the optimal sub placement. I'll try and factor everything so that it will keep questions to a minimum with what type of gear, etc. etc...

80% of the shows I'll be deploying 2 - Dual 18" sub cabinets per side (passive Carvin TRX218) Traditionally I've been floor stacking these on carts I've build for ease of in and out transport of venues. Also, traditionally with the mains stacked on top with either 1 or 2 KF650's per side depending on the width of the venue and coverage needed.

I do notice the "power alley" when deployed in this manner, but being that I've got 4 dual 18" sub cabs available, would it be a better solution so that I get more constant sub coverage on a dance floor by placing all the subs directly in front of the stage on the floor or keep them to the side as I typically do and get additional subs placed in the middle (between the two stacks) ?

Running all my networking through EAW UX3600, it sounds great but would like to see if there is a better way of deploying subs for better coverage?

I also fly the mains on certain events so they are well above everyones head for larger venues and the subs stay stacked -  two floor stacked per side.

Here's a pick of a recent show a few months ago..  It sounded good but did notice some area along the front where the sub wasn't as coherent and thumping on your chest.

 on: Yesterday at 06:44:45 pm 
Started by Dan Mortensen - Last post by Dan Mortensen
My company/I bought a decent chunk of []this cable[/url] , actually specifically this version which has two mic lines along with 12/3 in one outer jacket. Good for powered speakers etc.

Huh, last night I was able to find more images but am not finding them now.

Anyway, the printing on the jacket uniformly says "Whirlwind W2A12AC-APC SERIES- MULTI-SHIELDED AUDIO + POWER COMBO CABLE- 2 AES/EBU = 12-3 --- E11717" (then the backwards UR that I think indicates UL component but not assembly approval, then) "AWM STYLE 2502 80C 30V" .

I was looking at that and wondering "what the hell is that 30V? Shouldn't it be 300V?"

Finally asked my friend the dealer to ask Whirlwind about it; he did and they say (paraphrased) "OH NOES, THAT'S A MISPRINT THAT'S BEEN ON THERE FOR YEARS, IT SHOULD SAY 300V".

They say they'll give me a letter saying what it should be, but I'm thinking something that could be attached to each cable would be better, since I won't have a letter at every gig and it will degrade in time. I'm thinking something like a little tag for each cable attached with cable ties or something.

I'm curious

A) if anyone else has this cable and has had any problems with inspectors?
B) will the tag be sufficient?
C) if so, what should be on it?
D) and what would the best material be?


PS Here's a blowup of part of a photo I found online last night but can't find today showing the lettering as above. I wonder if I can't find it today because they took it down?

PPS Whirlwind has always been a straight-up company AFAIC so I don't doubt a bit that it's a mistake and not intentional.

 on: Yesterday at 06:44:05 pm 
Started by Franklin Benjamin - Last post by Richard Turner

If its a good idea and other people will want it they would likely love the product suggestion

 on: Yesterday at 06:36:56 pm 
Started by Mark Wilkinson - Last post by Ivan Beaver
If you like the box ergonomics the way it is, build more of the same, and flip 'em every once in a while when stored when you notice sag.

The old Maryland Sound "clams" (Karlson couplers) would exhibit bad cases of cone sag.

On one side they would be hanging out of the basket, and on the other side they would be depressed into the basket-because of the mounting angles.  Especially in clubs where the were installed (like the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore for example.)

 on: Yesterday at 06:35:25 pm 
Started by Andrew Broughton - Last post by Andrew Broughton
I guess there's other software out there too, like the stuff Kaltman Creations sells. Again, never heard of anyone using it, so no idea how good it is.

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