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iPod into a stage comms system

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by Hughesie, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    i heard a story through a mate who thought he would play some music through the comms system. (he was a lighting tech) he took a xlr to 6.5 to 3.5jack and plugged it into a ipod nano and it come up on the screen charging. how's that

    it's a true story i witnessed it, then he disconnected it and it died.
     
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    Yeah, the stuff running in a com line would toast an ipod all right...
     
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    Com lines have somewhere around +30V on them. Nasty stuff for an iPod. If you want to get music into the Com system, use the Line Input port on the back of the master station.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Why didn't the idiot just tape his earbud to the mic instead?(note sarcasm)
    Why the heck would you be doing that anyway?
     
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    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    12year old light tech, he isn't the most experianced tech

    i saw the after effects
     
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    Well, this is just one more example of just because you can plug it in, doesn't mean you should do it. Scariest thing I have ever seen is a line array that had a specialty cable made for it that all of the speakon connectors terminated into a standard 19 pin soca connector. They had the output of the rack as that connector.
     
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    In the pro audio world, that is very common. Do a search on PSW and I think you'll find around 50% of larger companies do it. If you can't keep your cable straight, you probably have no business using that level of gear. If it's that worrisome, reverse the genders.
     
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    Silly kids.

    I remeber that age when volts, and amps didn't matter. I had to learn all of this stuff the hard way.
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Except that the gender is different.
     
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    Usually, they are reversed gendered, so at least you blow the rack, not the speakers. My only gripe about it was they did not clearly mark their audio runs. When you have 20 hands doing a show, you have to keep an eye on who's cable is going where. Never seen anything happen before of these getting mixed up, but it could happen. Basically what I was trying to say that in the audio world there are adapters to do just about everything, but just because you can plug it in, does not mean you should. At least in lighting world gender changers and such have less use, except for those wonderful cam-lock turn arounds that we all know and love.
     
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    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    yes but audio is a lot more.....consumer level

    you can get cables like this from your local electronics store

    can you find three phase converters?
    or a 3phase to 3normal connects cable (thank god not)
     
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    I know of a shop that has a few L21-30 females to 3 5-15 males which is kind of like a 3 phase adapter... I am not sure how the NEC feels about that sort of thing but my gut tells me to stay away.

    Back to the thread already in progress
     
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    God, If I had a nickel for everytime I've said that..........:oops:

    < slinking away>
     
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    Just a note of caution, if you have a mixer that has global phantom power, and you decide to use a cheater cable to go from mini jack to xlr, and plug in your ipod you can have the same problem putting in 48 volts.

    Sharyn
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    I had a custom cable made up just for that purpose.
    It had multiple resistors in it.(not really sure on the details)
     
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    Usually the mixer (mackie's for instance) will have a trs line jack that does NOT supply phantom power that you can use. Mackie also has a tape in set of rca's that you can select also.

    Sharyn
     
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    For the love of god, don't do it.
    That tape break switch is the devil!!
     
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    yeah
    mutters underbreath *hijackers*

    it's a strange story to think the audio jack is actually connected to the ipod's battery, i suppose everything has to be connected somehow :)
     
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    Does anyone ever use tape in's? The only time I ever to is if I don't have any RCA to 1/4's or I just want to patch in and play something while working and all the channels are full. They are kind of up there with effects returns, useful on paper but if you got the channels just bring it back through a channel.
     

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