So the end of this week was a flurry of site work, not enough people, and challenges with gear–all of which resulted in me learning some interesting, and critical, little bits of information. The kind of things you just don’t learn until you trip over them.
First: Mackie mixers–the lower end ones, like the 16 channel 1604 I think it is…
Anyway those boards SAY they provide a balanced output to every line out receptacle in the back… BUT really the 1/4″ receptacles DO NOT provide a balanced output–so it is best to use a 1/4″ TS to 3pin XLR whenever you need balanced output from anything other than the 3pin XLR receptacles. Like if your press box sound tinny and awful, use a TS to 3pin.
Second: Avolites board have a “key,” about the size of a dime and made of plastic–any Avolites key will work on any Avolites board–and you cannot use the board unless you have this key!!! $10,000 plus for the board and the bloody thing’s useless unless you have this itty-bitty plastic key.
But if you are in a pinch you can use the small flat-head screw driver on your Leatherman.
And that’s what I learned this week.