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  1. soapfloats

    Tubes failing in ART Tube Opto 8

    Update - I've replaced the tubes, and haven't had the issue since. Probably a bad batch of tubes, although I'm working a re-racking everything to address heat and maintain logical consistency. Thanks, everyone! Somehow my notifications were't working right, so i didn't see these until now...
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    Tubes failing in ART Tube Opto 8

    The potential for overheating is definitely the first issue I need to address. Although I must note that probably 50% of all the heat in the enclosure comes from the ART, & that it hasn't been an issue but recently (especially the last couple of weeks). The confounding thing to me is the...
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    Tubes failing in ART Tube Opto 8

    All - all samples in sequence (Focusrite 1k, ART 1k, Focusrite GTR01, ART GTR 01, etc) https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Public/ALL.wav?_subject_uid=23814323&w=AABRTqyfu0TykUBxZlNcDAIShMa__JZ9vK6JDKFXYfPdDg If you want to examine the individual files...
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    Tubes failing in ART Tube Opto 8

    Thanks, fellas. Unfortunately the tech side is a little over my head, but I do have someone here that is more knowledgeable, so I'll make sure he sees this. A few updates: I replaced all the tubes Tuesday 9/23 (4 tubes, two channels per tube) and ran into the same issue Sunday 9/28. So there is...
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    Tubes failing in ART Tube Opto 8

    Not sure if this counts as pro gear, but it seemed the most appropriate forum. I've had this unit for some time now, as my second 8 channels in my setup. Over the last 18 months, I've had all the tubes go bad three times. I chalked the first two times to having removed it from the rack and...
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    Dynaudio BM5A MKII or Yamaha HS80M?

    Update. One of the monitors has an issue with either the tweeter or, something else. After a period of 0-15 minutes, the tweeter just stops working. I had my studio partner (also a trustworthy local repair tech) take a look at it, as well as a local shop. Everything tested "OK" - I'm guessing...
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    Internal HD reliability

    Thanks, Max. I am currently running a 2TB Glyph and 2x2TB NAS for storage and backup As I'm doing more mobile work with the HD24 (24 tracks @ 44.1/48k), I need additional storage and backup. I've also got a UPS for the NAS, the Glyph, the machine, and necessary peripherals. Which is why I was...
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    Internal HD reliability

    I'm looking at upgrading both my internal and external HDD drives to add some storage. Both Seagate and WD 2TB models. I've been seeing mixed reviews of the Seagate models (both internal and external)... They're primarily positive. But the XHDs seem to have issues with cooling, and both issues...
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    Firewire disappearing from Laptops?

    The problem with Thunderbolt, is those of us that have $1800 interfaces w/o Thunderbolt. I have an HD24 for my live multitrack capture, but I also like redundancy - and this is why I'd love to have a FW400/800 laptop that runs the same OS/DAW as my studio. Or at least one that allows for PCIe...
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    Firewire disappearing from Laptops?

    Last year, around May, I bought two new laptops - one from Dell and one from HP. I used the nice little "build your own" option to ensure the computer fit my personal needs, and had to the power to be remote recorder / light mixer. I bought one - with no firewire or PCI options, then the other -...
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    Busing guitars to a compressor.

    I'll add that his thought of using a stereo compressor on multiple mono sources has a purpose - If used gently, it can add some "glue" and help the guitar tracks function sonically as a unit. If the individual guitar track needs compression to get the sound you want, do it on the individual...
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    Secondary "Clean" preamps

    My first 8 channels for couple of years have been: ISA 428 + Sytek MPX-4Aii. Both bought used for about $800 a piece. The ISA has a backlight out on one of the VUs, and another VU needle doesn't register below about -18. Doesn't matter. My only regret is when I have a 9th channel to record that...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    Thanks fellas, you've both been a big help. I think I'll follow Boswell's method: 2xTRS out of FF800 into patchbay, then a 2xTS>TRS cable into snake returns. This will keep it @ 4 snake channels, and keep the returns on the extra, rarely used snake. I'll consider running separate mono lines...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    Boswell's "Method 2" most closely matches what I am actually trying to do. Still a little confusion over proper cabling between FF800 outs and patchbay (it is balanced). At that point, it's all unbalanced stereo as far as the HP sends are concerned. It seems you suggest using insert cables...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    Basically, I'm trying to take Analog Outs 3-8 (3 pair) + 9/10 (no problems here) and turn them into 3 single + 1 single stereo feed to provide 4 sends. If I'm going to use the addt'l snake returns, I want them to be available for a 5th, 6th (unlikely more) headphone feed. And we've been rocking...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    Everything after the FF800 outputs is a single cable. Whether I'm using a patchbay, or connecting directly to the headphone amp, I want the conversion of two mono outputs to a single stereo?/balanced? to happen immediately after the FF800, and before anything else. Barring confusion on the...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    The headphone amp is a Rane HC 6S. While it has a master stereo input, each channel has a single unbalanced stereo input as well. These are the inputs I am using. Let me refine my questions now: 1. How to sum the mono outputs of the FF800 into a single stereo cable? Again, I'm trying to make...
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    FF800 & Stereo Headphone Sends

    This is a problem I've been troublesooting for some time. I'm trying to get sends that contain stereo mixes. Sometimes the clients get one ear, which can be remedied by plugging any balanced cable in part-way. But it's not stereo. There's been a host of other issues, most of which I've solved...
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    Top vocal compressor choices

    Any real work done by compressors is done ITB for me, although I deploy a few dbx units (and an RNC) for massaging incoming signals. And you've named my top 3: various models of the 1176, LA2A, and 2500. I use Antress versions for the first two, and the Waves API. Can't say how they compare to...
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    Using A Digital Console as a Controller

    Thanks, Max. Wordclock is in order. FF800 master, everything slaved, closed loop. I think you may be right about turning everything on in the correct order. It's a procedure I need to refine for every piece of gear. You also have a good point about the templates/settings/snapshots. I'll...
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