very nice post hades... i can totally relate to everything you've gone on about...
Yup... I found its not cheaper to make your own cables... you can definitely get them pre-made for much cheaper unless you are buying cable at a Huge volume. but then again... you can buy premade cables at bigger volume and get a deal too. Last year I spent about $600 on cables just to wire the whole studio and get everything going. I got low end cables too... HOSA! :/ i just use my cable tester to make sure they are good before i plug them in... and i'm pretty happy with it. I havn't done any ABX testing with some monster/mogami type sh!t. I just don't buy into the hype about cables, other than good quality cables will take more abuse and this is why i got the cable tester. (plus i've heard stories where the wires get switched around in the cables and thats no good. test your stuff...Hades wrote:they always say it's dead easy to make your own cables, and you save lots of money, but to be honest, when I looked around the prices for high quality cable + connectors, I didn't have the impression I was gonna save tons, plus I simply couldn't be bothered to spend all those hours on it.
Here is a great cable tester at a low price ( http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-CT100-C ... B000CCIVCA )
Also, if you want cheap cables... find a place to get them in bulk... I recently found a place that carries these rainbow colored cables... which are so nice i think if you've got a bunch running into the patchbay... sh!t gets HECTIC! http://www.speakerrepair.com/mm5/mercha ... gory_Code= (I havn't cut them open to see what the wire is like but i've had no problems with them.)
Yup and this is sooo many cables!! i've got piles of them... and i will still need more. sh!t gets crazy. takes 3+ hours to wire up the studio and write everything down. every time i do it, i swear i wish i'd never got any of this stuff... but then i listen to everything and I change my mind.Hades wrote:I gets really irritating once you gotta hook everything up through patchbays.
I recently bought a new mixer, and had to recable the whole studio. I had to run all the outputs of my gear to my 3 patchbays which all took 1/4 balanced jacks, as well as run all the inputs and outputs of my mixer to the patchbays too.
hmm... i'm wondering if i have a similar issue with the mBase11, i swear it doesn't sound right... i mean it sounds good but not super ace! i've got a TS cable running out of the mbase into the TRS patchbay... then all the connectors/cables in the patchbay are TRS to the soundcards and mixer. Does that sound about right?Hades wrote:But about a month ago, all of a sudden I had my jomox giving me massive trouble.
90% of my kicks were giving an irritating popping sound, like the outputs were massively distorted. First I checked all the normal stuff : took a different channel on my mixer, took a different channel on my patchbay, changed cables,...
And the strangest thing was, if I used the headphones output of the jomox instead of the indvidual output, I was able to get a much better signal.
This was the biggest problem for the kicks, but the claps and hi-hats gave some trouble as well.
I could only use my kicks if I turned the main output down to 30 instead of the recommended 127 (Jomox manual), which meant I had to turn up the gain too much so my signal was way too dirty.
Imagine having a real nice equiped studio you've been working your azz off for about 10 years to assemble it all together, and then having the heartbeat (your kick) giving you this kind of trouble !
I swear I seldomly had a more irritating problem in my studio !!