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  1. soapfloats

    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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    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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    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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    Using A Digital Console as a Controller

    I am wondering how common this is? I recently got a hold of a Tascam DM24 on the cheap, and we are using it as a midi controller w/ Nuendo 4. I'm tired of doing fader and panning automation w/ a mouse - in general, tired of using a mouse unless absolutely necessary. For me, it's about a better...
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    Thoughts on Crest x8rt

    Anyone have any thoughts on these units? My partner can get a hold of one free, minus the power supply. We'll have to buy/build a new power supply, and may only end up flipping the console. Curious on everyone's thoughts, so we can go about planning to integrate it into our current setup...
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    RME Fireface 800 Troubles

    Well, for the second time in less than a year, my FF800 took a dump on me. What's wrong? The red "Host" light never extinguishes, and the computer cannot recognize the unit. Effectively rendering it DEAD. The first time it happened, the retailer replaced my B-stock unit w/ a new one, minus...
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    Analog Output Issues - FF800

    I use a FF800 as the "brain" of my system. I use two Digimax LTs as the ADAT 1 and 2 into the FF, Unfortunately, these units only have inserts, and no true analog outputs. I currently have: 9 actual outputs (8 analog and 9/10), and the way TotalMix is setup, they are mixed as stereo...
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    Low-Cost Headphones w/ Decent Isolation

    What it says. I own (2) EX-29s (broken), (1) HD-280 (bad cable), (2) MDR-7506 (one has busted ear pad), and (1) K-240s (my personal headphones). So this discussion is for cans under $100, preferably $25-$50. I like my current cans for different reasons, and want to repair/replace them...
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    Bugs (fleas) in electronics

    Not sure where to post this, but since the question ultimately relates to my gear, this seemed most appropriate. Unfortunately, the ragged hippy who owns my building also lives there, and he and his dogs have fleas. Lots of them. LOTS of them. I guess they started creeping up into my area...
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    Mic Stands and Booms

    Little by little, I'm discarding some of my more budget brands of mic stands and replacing them. I own one Hercules stand (tall boom), and two Atlas booms. The eazy adjustment of the Hercules is nice, as is the Atlas counterweight for my 414s, Bluebird, and other heavy/oversized mics. While I...
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    Studio monitors for $600-$1200/pair; special needs

    I realize there have been a bevy of posts along these lines lately, but I think I am in a unique situation. I currently own a pair of Bx5as and Alesis M-1s. I like some things about both. I do not like to have to compromise between the two and make educated guesses. I work in a room that's...
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    Digitial clipping in Interface - Firestudio 26/26

    This is a new issue that has reared its ugly head a few times. Here is the signal chain: Kick > Beta52 > Focusrite ISA 428 > Presonus Firestudio (Insert Ch1) > PC (Cubase SX3). I run an XLR > 1/4" from the 428 to the FS insert. Periodically and randomly the level of the signal from the...
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    Min. Equip. requirements for Mastering?

    First, I've done some searches on here and tailored the question to represent such. Second, "minimum" is meant to be a flexible term. So here is the scenario: I've just finished the mixing stage of my first full band project. I'm learning on my own, so I am trying to do as much hands on as...
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    Sennheiser MD221U?

    I've recently been offered a pair of these for $300. I have been unable to find any info on them online (including Senn's site). They do come from a reputable source, but I gotta have something else to go on. Anyone heard of these things? *Any* help would be greatly appreciated!