NETWORKING – THE CABLES

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 29, 2019
by Simon Byrne. IN THIS PIECE WE’LL DISCUSS THE CABLING FOR A ROBUST IP NETWORK IN A SHOW ENVIRONMENT. IF YOU WANT TO GET GEEKY WITH IP ADDRESSES, SUBNETS, DHCP SERVERS AND THE LIKE, CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS ARTICLE “MISSION CRITICAL SHOW NETWORKS” IN CX118 (SEPT 2016). It is rare to see an analogue multicore […]
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MISSION CRITICAL SHOW NETWORKING

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 28, 2019
by Simon Byrne. THE LIVE PRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION INDUSTRY RELIES ON EXTREMELY RELIABLE DATA NETWORKS TO DELIVER OUR SOUND, LIGHTING AND VISION CONTENT. THE DAYS OF LARGE ANALOGUE (AND HEAVY) MULTICORES ARE GONE. THIS CAN BE SCARY FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. THE CONCEPT OF TRANSPORTING ALL OF OUR […]
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NETWORK LAN SCANNING: SEE WHAT’S GOING ON

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 21, 2019
by Simon Byrne. WHEN DIAGNOSING PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SHOW LOCAL AREA NETWORK, A LAN SCANNER IS AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL. LAN scanners are programmes that pings all the IP addresses on a LAN. A ping is a basic network command that allows a user to verify that a particular IP address exists, and can accept requests. […]
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TECH TALK – THE POOR OLD OMNIDIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On March 4, 2019
by Simon Byrne. THE POOR OLD OMNIDIRECTIONAL (OR OMNI) MICROPHONE HAS FALLEN OUT OF FAVOUR, WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IT HAS A LOT OF GREAT CHARACTERISTICS. The primary reasons we don’t see many of them in live sound is gain before feedback, and spill between sources. But in many cases, these are simply not […]
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TOUR SMARTLY – GET OUT THERE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On February 18, 2019
by Simon Byrne. TOURING IS DIFFERENT TO ONE-OFF GIGS IN THAT WHEN YOU ARE ON A TOUR, YOU ROLL OUT THE SAME PRODUCTION REPEATEDLY. THEREFORE IT PAYS TO DO IT AN EFFICIENT WAY. EFFICIENCY GIVES YOU THE GIFT OF TIME WHICH GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFINE YOUR EVENT FURTHER, FIT MORE INTO YOUR DAY, […]
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SHAM CONTRACTING EXPOSES WORKERS TO BEING SUED

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On February 11, 2019
by Simon Byrne. OUR REGULAR READERS WOULD KNOW THAT CX OFTEN BANGS ON ABOUT CASUAL LABOUR BEING ESSENTIALLY FORCED TO GET AN AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS NUMBER, OR MISS OUT ON THE WORK OFFERED. THIS IS SHAM CONTRACTING. IT IS WHERE A WORKER IS ENGAGED AS A CONTRACTOR BUT IS DOING THE SAME WORK, OR SUBSTANTIALLY THE […]
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TECHNICAL TERMS USED IN COMMS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 27, 2018
by Simon Byrne. Mix-Minus A mix-minus, or clean feed, is a particular way to setup a mixing console, such that a mix-minus output of the mixer contains everything except the associated input. For example, in a teleconference, the remote presenter’s audio is fed into the PA system, whereas the output fed back to the remote […]
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AUDIO TRANSFORMERS

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 19, 2018
by Simon Byrne. THE HUMBLE TRANSFORMER OFTEN HAS A BAD NAME IN PROFESSIONAL AUDIO, AND IN MY VIEW, IT IS UNWARRANTED. A WELL-BUILT TRANSFORMER WILL SOLVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH LITTLE OR NO SIGNAL DEGRADATION. Audio transformers can: • Raise (step up) or lower (step down) a signal voltage • Increase or decrease the […]
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COMMS – ON DEVICES YOU ALREADY OWN

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 15, 2018
by Simon Byrne. I LOVE HOW THE INTERNET AND NETWORKING PROTOCOLS ARE HAVING A DRAMATIC, AND IN MY VIEW, A POSITIVE EFFECT ON OUR INDUSTRY. WE ARE MOVING TO A POINT WHERE ALL OUR LIGHTING CONTROL, VISION, AND AUDIO TRAVEL ACROSS A SINGLE NETWORK BACKBONE. But a lot of operators don’t like putting all their […]
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VIDEO PROJECTION HISTORY – THE TALARIA

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On October 22, 2018
by Simon Byrne. 30 years ago, the brightest video projector available for hire in Australia was the General Electric Talaria. In the late 1980s they cost about $180,000 and produced a massive 1,500 lumens! Yes, a $180,000, 75 kilogram machine produced less light output than your cheapest office LCD projector that you’d pickup from Officeworks […]
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