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Kirby Yarbrough

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DL1608 radio reception
« on: September 27, 2020, 12:25:21 pm »

Anyone encounter using a Mackie DL1608 and have it receive what sounded like a radio talk show?  Very low level, and appeared in the main LR bus only; muting input channels one by one had no effect.  The better question is what could be done to shield the unit?  Donning flame suit now.

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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 01:36:14 pm »

Anyone encounter using a Mackie DL1608 and have it receive what sounded like a radio talk show?  Very low level, and appeared in the main LR bus only; muting input channels one by one had no effect.  The better question is what could be done to shield the unit?  Donning flame suit now.

Try unplugging input channels one by one instead of muting. If the radio signal is being demodulated in a bad solder connection in a cable it may be getting in on the ground so muting won't have any effect on it. You may need to unplug all and reattach one by one.

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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 02:57:20 pm »

What Mac says...

Demodulating radio stations is a Mackie tradition.  Back in Ye Olde Analogue Dayz« the fix involved ferrite bead chokes around individual conductors in the XLR-M back shell.
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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 05:06:05 pm »

What Mac says...

Demodulating radio stations is a Mackie tradition.  Back in Ye Olde Analogue Dayz« the fix involved ferrite bead chokes around individual conductors in the XLR-M back shell.

Solder gap tuners; ahhhh the good ole' days  :(
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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 05:19:14 pm »

What Mac says...

Demodulating radio stations is a Mackie tradition.  Back in Ye Olde Analogue Dayz« the fix involved ferrite bead chokes around individual conductors in the XLR-M back shell.
It's also worth your time to check and tighten ALL of the jack hardware. That would be XLR screws, 1/4" nuts, and the screws that hold any RCA connectors in place. Mackie mixers had the Pin-1 problem sorted, BUT, that is totally dependent on the hardware making a clean, solid connection to the chassis for it to work. If that connection has gone high resistance, I imagine it would behave the same as a bad solder joint.
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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 05:20:47 pm »

Demodulating radio stations is a Mackie tradition.  Back in Ye Olde Analogue Dayz« the fix involved.....

..... A non-Mackie mixer.  Yes I experienced it, no I don't believe anything Mackie makes is worth the money wasted on it.   ;D
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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2020, 05:38:50 pm »

..... A non-Mackie mixer.  Yes I experienced it, no I don't believe anything Mackie makes is worth the money wasted on it.   ;D

It's amazing how things change. When I first started doing sound the one thing you could say about a Mackie was that "at least it's not a Behringer". :D

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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2020, 05:44:01 pm »

It's amazing how things change. When I first started doing sound the one thing you could say about a Mackie was that "at least it's not a Behringer". :D

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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2020, 02:35:05 am »

It's amazing how things change. When I first started doing sound the one thing you could say about a Mackie was that "at least it's not a Behringer". :D

-Russ

I remember those days. The first few mixers I used were Mackie analog, the first van and trailer tour I was on was with the 32ch Beringer analog, while the Soundcraft Spirit 40ch was what I wanted that year instead.  Until we had an ML4000 and Series 5, which were amazing. The Behringer at least was much better than the Yamaha MG I had to use on one tour.  Heard of the elusive Midas and ATI Paragon II in hushed tones from various touring techs but never touched one. 

Adding up the true cost in terms of labor, travel, shipping, parts, testing, etc - cheap mixers that don't work right are best sold and replaced. 

A previous church I mixed at was looking at $800 or so to get a $100 mixer working again in a small youth room.  Sold and replaced instead. The true cost of cheap gear is more than I can afford.
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Re: DL1608 radio reception
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 07:34:51 am »


A previous church I mixed at was looking at $800 or so to get a $100 mixer working again in a small youth room.  Sold and replaced instead. The true cost of cheap gear is more than I can afford.

Audio equipment in a "youth room". If the equipment can survive that it can survive anything!

How did the 32 channel Behringer analog mixer hold up? I don't think I've ever seen one that was 100%
working, even the ones that did not ride around in a trailer!

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