20170409 Don’t buy a SKB R1400 Mixer Case for a Behringer X32 Producer

Behringer X32 Producer mounted in SKB R1400 case
Behringer X32 Producer mounted in SKB R1400 case

I’ve just recently purchased a Behringer X32 Producer to be the centrepiece of my mobile audio set-up. But as with anything that travels on the road, a good case is always worth the investment. I’ve been a long-time fan of SKB Cases, I own about 16 other SKB cases which are fantastic for carrying rack gear, mics and other stuff. These cases protect the gear well and have just enough flexibility to take some knocks (and reduce impacts). I love them!

On Going Repairs

I’ve finally fixed the haze machine

The curse of owning gear is that the more you have, the more often something will be broken. Keeping up with maintenance and repairs is vital, unfortunately this hazer has been sitting around dead for a far too long. I’ve just managed to get the haze machine going again. The hardest part was finding the time needed to dedicate to it’s repair. I’m very glad to have it back in action. Lighting just doesn’t look the same without a little haze.

full analogue output rack

20150614 Full Analogue Output Stage

Over the years, the trusty dBx Driverack has been used for the output section of the PA system. This is an awesome piece of equipment, but it comes at a latency cost. This is not necessarily a bit concern, but since we are focusing on old-skool values and putting together an analog system it has been replaced.

The output is now just like we did 20 years ago. An EQ and a cross-over. I’m not satisfied with the BBE on the main output so it will probably be used as an effects loop or on a sub-group. The Driverack will still be used as a sub-harmonic synth and compressor for kick and bass.

Stay tuned for some A:B comparisons between pure analogue and digital in the future.

For now, true zero-latency has been achieved.

Dirty Sound Gear

20150307 The Aftermath from the Martinborough Bull Ride

It’s amazing just how much dust gets generated from a bull ride. These are pictures of what things looked like after the Pukemanu Martinborough Bull Ride. It took a while to clean the dust off, fortunately I’ve had to do this before so I know a few shortcuts. Definitely glad that everyone could hear the event this year.

Dirty Cables and Speakers
Dirty Cables and Speakers
M-Audio Tampa Close-up

M-Audio Tampa Mic Preamp

I’ve always been impressed with M-Audio gear. They seem to get a good balance of doing something simply, reliably and also in-expensive. Since, I’m going to be selling my Tampa (as I’m getting rid of my studio equipment and focusing on live) I thought I would write a quick review of it.

In short, this is a fantastic mic pre to add some valve-like coloration to a signal in a subtle way.