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DMX Wiring Over Cat5 or Cat6 Cable

I did not know there was a “standard” way to wire a DMX on cat5 cable.  This is from Pathway Connectivity Solutions. http://www.pathwayconnect.com/images/stories/wiring/Pathway-DMX-Wiring-Guidev2.pdf

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Roland M-200i – Scene Recall Issue

  Dear Roland, Earlier this month I was using our new Roland 200i digital mixing console for a theater show (see posting below). This show was my first time using scene memory recall. This feature is very important when there … Continue reading

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ComClone (part 2) – shop built intercom interface

        Previously I described how I used Richard Crowley’s Comclone, to build two of my own shop built intercom.  For details about the project, see our blog posting Comclone – shop built intercom interface Now to build … Continue reading

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Altman 360W Lamp Base End Cap w/Socket

I’m always forgetting the orientation of the lamp socket platform relative to the fixture end cap (base) when replacing the lamp socket.  So this photo is a reminder.

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Common “pipe” dimensions for audio/lights

Quick facts around common pipe and thread dimensions for lights and sound: Microphone stand threads:  5/8″ – 27 thread Camera tripod sockets: 1/4″ – 20 Theater batten/pipe:  1.5″  Schedule 40 Black Iron pipe Lighting C-Clamp yoke bolt: 1/2″ – 13 … Continue reading

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Sleep No More – theatre review

“Sleep No More” is by far unlike any other theatre production I’ve ever witnessed.  One of the most memorable theatre experiences ever. This past August, my wife and I were able to see this show during our annual New York … Continue reading

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WX Wind Controller Key Lubrication – DON’T! But if you must….

          Occasionally we get inquiries about sticky keys on WX instruments, and often it comes in as a question asking if it’s ok to lubricate the keys.   The short answer is “no”.  Since it is a … Continue reading

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Dummy Batteries for a WX5 – making it feel more like a sax

We had a client named JD Smith (TracesOfGold.com) who wanted his WX5 to have a little more heft and weight to allow for easier transition back and forth from his WX5 to his saxophones. Here’s what he came up with. … Continue reading

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DMX for Arduino

Over the past few months, we have been exploring programming our own DMX devices using Arduino.  If you are unfamiliar with Arduino, it is a very easy to program microcomputer board designed for prototyping and one-off projects.  It is popular … Continue reading

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Projection mapping on moving objects

Use of projections and video playback devices continues to grow in nearly all forms of entertainment. What started as simple playback of videos or slides in a theatre or house of worship has quickly moved into concerts and beyond. Ranging … Continue reading

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