Recent content by hemismith

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    Cell phone for intercom

    Thanks, I'll look into those. I do have an old laptop, and it's pretty cheap for the small number of users we would have. And you can pay for as little as a month at a time.
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    Cell phone for intercom

    I do sound and lighting for little church and community productions that have no budget. We've tried all sorts of options for intercom with varying degrees of success. Right now we are back to cell phones. I think everyone has iPhones and we just used the conference calling feature...
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    Sound f/x Gate vocals for theater?

    Thanks. Yeah, an expander would be more useful than a gate for this, but the mixer I was using didn't have it (first gen Presonus 16.4.2). I ended up just focusing on the show, as levels were all over the place. Had a few off-stage noises make it through when the director told me to bring up...
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    Sound f/x Gate vocals for theater?

    Thank you both. Kind of funny but all too true. I'll play with things tonight during dress rehearsal but I suspect I may abandon it all and just do it the old fashioned manual way.
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    Sound f/x Gate vocals for theater?

    Thanks, yes, I was also hoping it could keep errant off-stage sound out if I wasn't quick enough to turn them down, but a cough or any normal speech would make it through anyway. I guess I'll just do it manually. Thanks again.
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    Sound f/x Gate vocals for theater?

    I'm doing a kids stage production this week, with a few area mics and a few lavaliers. I'm wondering if I should apply a gate to any of the mics. Most of what I read says not to gate vocals, but that's in reference to bands. Normally I just try to keep the mics down that aren't being used...
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Thanks very much everyone. That's great that there's training here next week; not sure if I can get the time off work but will look into it.
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Thanks, I'll look at those options. Didn't know about the ETC deal, I'll look into that. My wife was the drama teacher at a school but quit last year, but I am the tech director for our church so will see if that qualifies.
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Ha ha, yeah, but since I own the lights I usually have some say in things. But I've found directors don't like to be "told".
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Here's some background - The stuff I do usually has little or no budget. This all started years ago when my wife was directing some productions so she approved our purchase of some cheap lighting -- just some PARs, stands, dimmers, and a controller. I then did a couple shows for a director who...
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Thank you very much. I suspected what you said about the Strand (I've since found out it's a 520i) and the Teatronics. I'm surprised the Elation wouldn't have some way to preprogram colors. I was going to download the manuals and read through them but haven't had a chance yet. I will continue...
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    Cheap controller for both conventionals and LEDs

    Sorry for my ignorance ... I help with some very basic kids community theater. Up until now we've only been using conventional lights and a basic Elation controller. We are adding some LED wash lights and I'm trying to figure out the best way to control them. I was going to switch to a PC...
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    Cheap PAR Cases

    Thanks! Yeah, Par 64s, I meant to mention that.
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    Cheap PAR Cases

    Thanks! These are just cheap conventional pars, usually used for non-profit events, so I hate to spend more on a case than I did on the lights. And I need something fairly lightweight. That's why I haven't looked a "real" road cases. But when I can afford "real" lights I'll look at better...
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    Cheap PAR Cases

    From the looks of most lights I've seen it appears most people just throw them all together in a bin with no protection. I'm somewhat anal and keep them in their original boxes. But I'm hoping to find a cheap tote that can hold at least 2 at a time. The best I've found is a 27 gallon one at...