Recent content by carmellights

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    Anyone ever built a Socapex tester ?

    Two types you can build both fairly easy - one tester for pin to pin continuity - real simple ., a battery 19 diodes , 19 LEDs - The second can test under voltage, little trickier and for liability since it’s putting A/C in shop people’s hands I would use a commercial tester. don’t forget the...
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    Opinions on Cheap LED Lights, Please.

    i always suggest renting LED's and Movers for small shows. generally what you buy on line ( cheap ) is going to have issues. In the world of LED - you get what you pay for. I go by the manufacturer - ETC,Elation, Chauvet, phillips are all reliable. i urge you not to waste your money buying...
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    Any idea, old timers, on this?

    that my friend is a slider patch panel. = it is a line level interconnect system ( think patch on your console, except for dimmers to circuits ) back then - and i hate to say i remember it clearly, you had larger , fewer higher capacity dimmers, which were hardwired to the controller - slider...
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    Small theater upgrade questions

    wow - if a vendor is going to give you all of those for 30 K thats nice...but what solution did they give you for getting power or DMX to them ? is that installed with electrical rework included? I also might suggest that before you buy any LED fixture try it in your space as a demo. with...
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    Small theater upgrade questions

    in my opinion never get rid of an express - they are fantastic simple flexible consoles. in my experience I go for the mfg that is going to provide best long term customer support..and that is ETC. as far as the grant money - rather than convert everything just now - consider this. depending...
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    ETC Sensor Rack Min Level

    call ETC - give them the job name - if you have it the job number from the ETC drawings. these guys are great at field service. How the load is controlled and what it's different states are can be defined in two places - first at the rack - setting the dimmer at a level or giving it a minimum...
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    Need help controlling antiquated school stage lighting system

    do not hook up dimmer packs to output of these autotransformers - it wont work. get an electrician and rent a good capacity Sensor 24x2K pack. plug the individual strips into the pack - hook up DMX from console and there ya go. Auto's put out variable A/C ..not the nice 120 volts you want for...
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    Need help controlling antiquated school stage lighting system

    do not hook up dimmer packs to the outputs from the Autotransformer circuits - yes it will fry them..if they worked at all. if it was me, i would rent a portable Sensor pack ( 24 x 2K ) - have a qualified electrican tie in feeder for you at the power mains that is supplying the Autotransformer...
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    Control/Dimming Strand CD 80 Control Problem - Post Explosion...

    if this is a CD 80 rack with the ramp card cage at bottom - here's a couple thoughts: 1 - always shut down main power before removing and inserting individual modules because....it's a good practice on any rack ( 32 years of field repair...and not bit yet ) but also because in my experience...