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Articles Tagged Cabling And Interconnect

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    tech tip
    PSW Staff 04/16/14 03:36 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I want to start repairing and making some of my own cables. However, I came upon a term I’m sure is such common knowledge that my question really shows my ignorance. That said, here goes: what is “tinning”? I know it’s part of the soldering process, but can you explain why it’s important, etc? A: Thanks for the question! While it’s indeed common knowledge, there’s no reason for you to know what tinning is unless… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectSignal

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    signal levels
    Peter Janis 04/10/14 03:06 PM,
    Today’s live stage productions have become tremendously complex. All sorts of different instruments and electronic sources must be “orchestrated” along side the microphones and signals that need to be split off to a multitude of mixers to feed the house system, stage monitors, in-ear monitors, broadcast truck, Internet uplink and recording system. Paramount to the design is trying to insure some form of simplicity or standardization that will allow quick changes should disaster occur. In fact, even with today’s most… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStage

  • audio cable
    PSW Staff 04/10/14 02:14 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q: I’m currently in the process of building a home studio and just at the point of wiring all of the raw cable to patch bays. However, I’m a bit stuck because I’m not sure what patch bays to get. Is one “style” of patch bay better/more durable than another? I guess the same question goes for the patch cables themselves. A: Wow, is this ever a loaded question. Because the industry can’t come to a… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallInterconnectSignalStudio

  • Friday, April 04, 2014
    live sound international
    Craig Leerman 04/04/14 04:16 PM,
    A few weeks ago one of the neighbors in the industrial complex where I keep my shop came over to say hello while I was in the middle of doing some PM (preventative maintenance) on cables. As I sat at a bench surrounded by piles of microphone and loudspeaker lines, he asked why I was spending so much time on “stupid cords.” I replied, simply, that without the stupid cords, the rest of my equipment is worthless. A system is… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogDigitalEthernetInterconnectNetworkingSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    cable
    Victor Brown 03/21/14 01:51 PM,
    Cable selection presents two primary challenges: myriad choices and overall quality. I’ve explored these challenges and have defined six factors that can help point you in the right direction. These factors include appearance, durability, flexibility, sonics, conductivity and shielding. Let’s have a look. Appearance Understand the difference between the look of quality—like shiny gold-plated connector housings—and actual quality construction and materials. A primary problem arises when assumptions are made that the materials inside a cable housing are as fancy as… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVInterconnectLoudspeakerSignalSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    image
    Rob Stam 03/12/14 04:50 PM,
    Over the years, in my many encounters with church building committees, there’s often a common theme: The desire to build a room that can be utilized for a multitude of functions, including worship, special events, dinners, receptions…the list goes on. It’s a discussion filled with looking toward the future, and one that necessitates compromise in order to accommodate any number of issues. For example, wouldn’t it have been nice—25 years ago—if the building committee had considered that there might be… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionAudioConsolesInstallationInterconnectMicrophoneSignalStage

  • Monday, February 24, 2014
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    Al Keltz 02/24/14 07:51 AM,
    While they’ve become one of the most popular and recognized multipin connectors in pro audio, the back-story of how MASS connectors came to have such impact shouldn’t be overlooked. Interestingly, MASS connectors weren’t even intended for audio applications; rather, they were originally developed for use in oil exploration. Oil company engineers connected seismographs with miles of cable in areas suspected of containing oil deposits. Explosive charges were then buried along the lines and detonated. The resulting echo “signatures” were captured… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogProductStudy HallAnalogConcertInterconnectSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, January 20, 2014
    ethernet
    Chris Bushick 01/20/14 10:23 AM,
    It used to be that the only time to worry about a network came with simulcasting and having to plug into the broadcast truck. Now, however, a mixing console may be hooked deeper into a network than even a laptop PC, and the vital links are much more finicky than the good ol’ XLR cables. Many audio professionals and companies now embrace Ethernet-related technologies. Digital mixing consoles, snakes, and signal processors that make use of Ethernet capabilities are widely available.… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureStudy HallAVEthernetInterconnectNetworkingSignal

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    PSW Staff 01/14/14 04:31 PM,
    Provided by Sweetwater.   Q:I’ve noticed that mic, guitar, and line signal wires are shielded, but loudspeaker and power cables aren’t? Is there a reason to shield some and not others? It seems like it would make sense to at least shield the power cables, especially given all the problems that power cables can cause. A: An interesting observation! Line, mic, and guitar cables are shielded because those signals are greatly amplified before they are converted back to sound waves.… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallInstallationInterconnectPowerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Friday, January 03, 2014
    ethernet
    Chris Bushick 01/03/14 02:45 PM,
    As with many types of cable, you can save some money by purchasing Ethernet cable and connectors and assembling/terminating them yourself. Of course, keep in mind that putting together cables of any type requires time, patience and some know-how. Without these essential ingredients, you’ll be much better served by buying pre-terminated cables. That said, let’s get started. First, to attach any Ethernet RJ-45 connector ends to the lengths of cable, you’ll need an RJ-45 crimping tool. Start with a good… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogStudy HallAVEthernetInterconnectNetworking





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