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Old 2nd October 2002
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Gear that needs maintenance

What maintenance chores are undone in your place? This could be anything from broken stuff in that's still in the rack to little things that you intend to get to one of these days.

For intance, As I was walking to the studio this morning, I was thinking about:

Replacing the burnt out meter bulbs in the Vac Rac preamps, and one of the Vac Rac limiters, one side of the Manley ELOP, one of the CL-1B's, all of the 1176's, and the power indicator light in a Summit TLA.

Fixing that internal fuse on another CL1B, since it doesn't work,

Replacing the main fuse on a Manley pre, since it doesn't work (I hope it's just the fuse),

Trying again to get a schematic for the MTA A Range to stop the buzzing in Channel 1,

Opening up the board to find out why Channel 46 doesn't work,

Opening up a problematic UA 1176 to see why it intermittently doesn't work,

Seeing about replacing the stepped level knobs on the 1969 with continuous knobs,

Trying to figure out why my PC doesn't chase time code anymore,

Sending a KM184 back to Neumann to see why there's DC coming out of the mic.

And that's not even considering the other stuff that needs to be done - re-organizing the racks, doing more acoustic treatments, and actually getting the clietn's work done.

Anyone else have stuff that you keep putting off?
Old 2nd October 2002
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Lives for gear
 
🎧 15 years
I need to fix the wiring between the tuchel connectors and patchbay on my board. Then get a couple extra TT patchbays and hook everything up, so I never have to go behind my rack to patch stuff in. Channel 13 on my board only likes to see outputs from channel 2 or 4 from my soundcard, everytime I hook it into channel 3 its really low in volume and distorted, but channel 3 into channel 14 of the board works fine. Doesnt make much sense to me. I also have to find a new meter for one of my dbx160vu's. That and when I wired my patchbay I think I accidently switched pins 2 and 3 around on one of the inputs to my fatso, so its out of phase. Oh yeah and the control room output knob on my board is pretty noisy, sounds like some sort of ground hum.
But its cool, because I'm setting up my new room sometime soon and one of the guys thats going to be freelancing in the room is also a tech so I'll trade him some free tracking time for him to get all the stuff set up. I really hate doing the stuff and end up taking 3 times longer doing it then someone else would.
Old 2nd October 2002
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🎧 15 years
I hear you Dave and Planet Red! My Trident console could need quite some work. Three channels don't work, tried a couple of stuff like changing opamps (the easy ****) but the repair goes beyond my abilities. Same with 8 subgroups that I lost when I moved the console. Jay Kahrs was so nice to give me some hints what most likely is the problem - but I was scared ****less when I opened the back of the console to have a look - oh and three burnt out lightbulbs on the VU Meters. In the end it's not really that bad since my console has 32 channels and I rarely need more than 20 outs from Pro Tools + 3x Stereo FX Returns, never use more than 4 subs (direct outs instead 99% of the time) and the VU's - so what! - but I have that **** in the back of my mind all the time. It simple feels better to work with something that you know is 100% maintained.

Oh, I also need to check on the MAC why all of sudden some Plugins crash the system after upgrade to a newer Pro Tools Software Version - think, it's time for some updates of Plugins as well...

Oh well. so much work so little time (and knowledge how to do,ha!)

Best,
Old 3rd October 2002
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jon
Capitol Studios Paris
 
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🎧 15 years
I've been down that self-maintenance road and really feel for you guys that do it all yourselves. Over the years, I have opened up every box in the studio to fix something at one time or another, though electronics is really not my strength.

Having a tech guys around changes all that. Not only is it good for servicing the gear ASAP, it's great for fixing your clients' stuff on the spot too. They don't forget that kind of service.

Jon

P.S. Kent, you're a new American in Paris? Why don't you hit my email to meet up for a beer...
Old 3rd October 2002
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🎧 15 years
I've got a few console issues. A couple of the preamps don't work, and I'm told I need to have the VCAs calibrated. I don't have a correct RGB monitor to run the automation. And I pulled a total dufus moved last week. My two track returns are not matching the machine output. So I decided to pull the master module and look for trimmers. I forgot to power down the console. I heard a "ZAP," and shut the console. After I didn't find the trimmers I put the module back in. I got sound and all seemed to be fine. The next day I hit a solo and didn't get solo. The light comes on at the channel, but the master solo doesn't and there is no soloing going on. A friend and I tried to replace a few things, but I still have no solo.

And last night I couldn't get sound from track 19. It metered on the machine, but not on the console.

I need to find a good tech who's not four states away!
Old 3rd October 2002
  #6
Jax
Lives for gear
 
🎧 15 years
I need to remove about 50 screws from my Ghost so I can find the cold soldered joint (most likely guess) that keeps the left side control room out from working. I work around it easily, but it bugs me.

Sent my Mytek 8X96 for repair to Mytek in NYC. They're pretty busy prepping for the AES Convention, but it's hard to work around 8 less channels of ADC -- and they've had it for almost 2 weeks grudge Channels 1+2 picked a bad time to crap out in the analog section (another best guess).

Just got my Flamingo taken care of by Cranesong. Quickly and with free AES passes to boot!

Other stuff... like I need to make longer cables coming from the mic panel through the wall to the console pres, and longer cables for 4 channels of compression. I used what I had that was already made, but when I move the racks, sometimes I forget that I don't have enough slack.

Oh yeah, my Tascam MS-16 1" machine needs either the power supply or transport fixed. The MS-16 is not a well-respected machine in the industry, but drums, bass, and some guitars reap the benefits of good ol' analog tape slamming, and I like it more than going digital for those tracks, usually.

For talkback, I should hook up my Sony receiver to my speakers, connect them through the wall to the live room, and run a mic off the board through the receiver. Fiddling with the talkback level and holding down the button on the console to use TB is not fun.
Old 3rd October 2002
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Damn Dave, that's a lot of stuff. I'm probably not that much better off though.

Only three of the VUs on the Trident are still backlit. The one for channel 14 doesn't work at all. The low mid band on channel 12's EQ doesn't work but the rest are fine. Tried switching the op-amps. No go. Channel 13's aux sends only work prefader. Not too much of a problem since a bass usually ends up there but still. Also, tape input 10 is down 2.5dB from the rest for some reason. Haven't figured that one out yet.

All of the VU's on the JH-24 are out. Same thing with the A80 but that's only a 2-track and I can read it from across the room without a problem.

Channel one on my Orban 414A compressor keeps freaking out. It shows almost 10dB of gain reduction with nothing plugged into it and it links to channel two without the link button in. I had a tech "fix" it last year. It's way too intermittant. Orban wants $250 to go over it from top to bottom but I don't even think it's worth that much. And, it's probably a bad cap, op-amp or something stupid.

Oh, I can't get my MOTU Midiexpress to work. I bought it used and it didn't come with a cable (serial version) so I went out to Comp USA and bought a 15' one. No go... damn that's annoying. Neil said I should call Motu and get the proper cable. Any takers? I'm about to buy a Micro Express or something so I can use my automation again.

That's about it. I also have 3 or 4 months of paperwork to catch up on. Mostly receipts and stuff.
Old 3rd October 2002
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs
Damn Dave, that's a lot of stuff. I'm probably not that much better off though.
Well, it's mostly piddling stuff that does't matter, except for the CL-1B thats down (and that just happened two days ago), and the Manley pre not working. One channel of the MTA A range isn't useable, but the other is. (and I've got the Dakings for that sound), and I just used the Great River where I usually use the Manley.

But it's frustrating.
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