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 on: Today at 11:50:14 AM 
Started by Douglas Cyr - Last post by Brian Jojade
What Erik said.

FWIW, I've never blown out any gear by connecting the transmitter.  I have had it make undesirable noise when connected to an active input, but no damage was done.

However, I HAVE had systems blow out the transmitter on me.  Once plugged into an older phone system that used some non-standard way of supplying power to the phones.  Transmitter dead.  Day ruined.  Now, this was a super el-cheapo transmitter, but that unexpected voltage killed it on the spot.

When tracing wires, it's generally good to TRY and make sure you're dealing with dry lines whenever possible.

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 on: Today at 11:34:43 AM 
Started by Ron Bolte - Last post by John Roberts {JR}
Iím stunned.  I just found out.  Doug was a great human. The forum and PSW wouldnít be what they are today or have had the impact it has without Doug.  He was the first to post on the live-audio mailing list and the first one I told when it moved to a forum format.  His imprint is everywhere on the forum.

His life was much more than any forum or web site.  He was full of a truly generous and loving spirit.  He made a positive impact on the lives of many people.  For that heíll be remembered and missed.

Dave

LIKE

JR

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 on: Today at 10:34:47 AM 
Started by Kevin Maxwell - Last post by Kevin Maxwell
I bought 4 of these cards to start with - SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card - 120MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD. I then ran the speed test using AJA_Systemtest and the results I got using the built in SD card reader in my computer was a write speed of 30MB/SEC and a read speed of 80MB/SEC. I am finding a lot of information about recording speeds for Video but not for Audio. But from what I can find this looks like it is more than fast enough for recording the Audio using the X-Live card in the X32 Compact. And it looks like this is also capable of recording 16 tracks for just over 3hrs, as you said. And I can always use 2 cards in the X-Live just to be sure I have enough space. 

The X-Live card Quick Start Guide from Behringer says

5.2 Recording and File Management
Audio recording on the X-LIVE card can accommodate either 8, 16, or 32-channel sessions of 44.1/48 kHz / 32-bit PCM WAV files. As soon as recording is initiated to one of the SD cards, a new session is automatically created, allowing the entire take to be organized cohesively. To ensure continuous recording of the entire performance, a recording session that has started on one card can seamlessly span over to the other card slot when the first becomes full. In this case, the same session name will appear on both cards.

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 on: Today at 08:11:20 AM 
Started by Daniel Levi - Last post by Mike Caldwell
I remember using HME systems back in the early 80's.  You could change frequencies by actually swapping out crystals.  Had to do that once because another church about a half mile away was on the same frequency causing problems. Took us a while to figure out what was causing the interference until at one point our mic was off and their broadcast came through crystal clear.

In the late 80's early 90's when I was doing video production we had a HME belt pack system with the 722 receiver. Not exactly a remote friendly system, had to rig up a camera battery pack to power the receiver through the DC power jack.


Just found one on Ebay, I'm sure they'll sell fast!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/HME-Rx722-Wireless-Receiver-with-Antenna-/383546124197

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 on: Today at 07:54:22 AM 
Started by David Allred - Last post by Scott Helmke
On a whim, I check the battery pack for ac.  Yes, 48vac.  I checked a single 9v battery, 18vac.

What's actually happening is that the AC setting on your meter just puts a bridge rectifier or something similar in between the leads and the meter. Like my old analog Simpson 260, any DC voltage will appear to be "AC" (minus a half a volt due to the diode voltage drop).

Modern digital meters will usually have a DC blocking capacitor on the AC setting, to avoid that confusion.

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 on: Today at 04:00:40 AM 
Started by Ron Bolte - Last post by Dave Stevens
Iím stunned.  I just found out.  Doug was a great human. The forum and PSW wouldnít be what they are today or have had the impact it has without Doug.  He was the first to post on the live-audio mailing list and the first one I told when it moved to a forum format.  His imprint is everywhere on the forum.

His life was much more than any forum or web site.  He was full of a truly generous and loving spirit.  He made a positive impact on the lives of many people.  For that heíll be remembered and missed.

Dave

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 on: Today at 12:28:51 AM 
Started by Mark Scrivener - Last post by Craig Leerman
`Anyone have an adapter they like that has proven easy to pair with clients' phones?`

https://www.amazon.com/B06-Plus-Bluetooth-Receiver-Streaming/dp/B078J3GTRK/ref=sr_1_15?crid=RGE7270ZG7XN&keywords=bluetooth%2Badapter&qid=1665001265&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI1LjU5IiwicXNhIjoiNC44OSIsInFzcCI6IjQuNTAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=bluetooth%2Caps%2C353&sr=8-15&th=1

IME, cheap, easy, and reliable. Part of my toolkit, in addition to the aforementioned adapters, cables and methods. Have also dropped some in venues that i repeat visit.

I carry an ďinterface kitĒ with every console. Each one contains a bunch of audio interface cables including a Lightning-to-headphone dongle for the newer iPhones. Each kit also has a Whirlwind IMP DI, Switchcraft 318 1/8Ē DI, Switchcraft 318BT Bluetooth DI and a Esinkin Bluetooth DI similar to the one referenced above. 

I had a few clients not be able to come t to the 318BT so I bought a few different units online to check out. While it has RCA outputs, the Esinkin sounds great and I have not had a client not be able to sync to it.

Like others, if itís a critical cue I make the client play it from their phone or I will download the track and trigger it from my computer playing Sports Sounds Pro. If itís just walk in/out music they can leave the phone by me at the console and I will even charge it for them.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:25:51 PM 
Started by Mark Scrivener - Last post by Mike Caldwell
I'll connect a persons phone to the system but I have a rule where I do not operate someones  phone.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:23:10 PM 
Started by Douglas Cyr - Last post by Erik Jerde
Without knowing what's on the other end it's a complete crapshoot to say if you can damage it.  Most testers aren't going to output anything more than the voltage that they're running off of.  I've never heard of one charging up caps for a higher voltage pulse but I can't say it doesn't exist.  Most pro gear isn't going to care.  The circuits/transformers used to balance the signal will be fine.  If it'll survive standard phantom power being plugged into it then your tester shouldn't bother it - most of them run 9V or less.  Some gear may "eat" the signal though.  I know back in my full time IT days (nearly 20 years ago now) I had a special adapter to use when toning out ethernet lines.  Switches would eat the signal so you could never find a line if it was plugged in.  Those were the 10/100M ethernet days though so my adapter just flipped the tone signal to one of the unused pairs and then you could tone it out just fine if plugged in.  Probably wouldn't work these days with gigE that uses all 4 pairs.

Consumer level gear or just cheap crap gear is a completely different situation though.  I've seen more than one computer with a blown headphone port because someone plugged it into a console directly and then turned on phantom.  Not sure what voltage it takes to blow one, I've never had the repair dollars to spend on a real legit study of the question.  Mike's advice is good, just unplug everything you can find and then test.  If you've got multiple ends terminating in one location have your assistant with the Tx unit and keep the Rx at the central location.  It's so much faster with a helper and it's a great way to break in an apprentice.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:12:20 PM 
Started by Eddie Ybarra - Last post by Jeff Lelko
But is it true that even though the widget is showing thatís itís getting the midi signal, thereís still a possibility that itís not a clear and healthy signal?

Thatís hard to say, but possibly.  With Hog now part of the ETC Community you can always try calling ETCís support line and see if they have any suggestions.

For what itís worth this is why I have a Motu MIDI Express XT in my FOH rack - it works wonders when needing to sync and broadcast MTC/SMPTE to many destinations simultaneously, and when used with a PC can help diagnose issues like this to a great extent.

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