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More Neve 8068

Author: matthew; Published: Nov 6, 2008; Category: Neve Infirmities; Tags: , , , ; No Comments

Troubleshooting! This made it work.

Troubleshooting! This made it work.

a hardwired jumper. top washer of washer sandwich is visible on the lower lug.

a hardwired jumper. top washer of washer sandwich is visible on the lower lug.

Problem – Channel 5′s VU meter isn’t responding.

Solution – Upon troubleshooting the channel it became clear that the washer sandwich I mentioned yesterday was the issue. This time cleaning the washers didn’t solve the problem, so i installed a soldered jumper. This is one of those trade-offs sacrificing easy modularity in favor of reliability.

Problem – Uptown automation isn’t grouping properly. The computer controlling our uptown automation system thinks the after-aftermarket mute boards are attached to different channels. Also, the motors are behaving strangely.

An incorrect but simple solution – Swapping ribbons. The channels go left-to-right for the motors and right-to-left for the mutes. Intuitive! This works, but some of the ribbon cables aren’t long enough to reach. Also, this leads to serious spaghetti-cabling under the faders. I am now seeking a software solution. There’s interaction between soft switches and the DIP switches on the fader driver cards.

Solution – RTFM. again. Switching few DIP switches and a little autoexec.bat editing along with some fine detective work and the faders are flying and properly associated by the software with the correct after-after-aftermarket mute card. I wish I could go back in time and give these guys a copy of autocad or a bag of holding: between all the connectors and ribbon cable it’s stress/future failure city under the faders.