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Re: DDA consoles

Postby Danrents » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:53 pm

Hello everyone. I just purchased a 2004 DDA CS8 32 channel board. I too have read only good things about these boards and I am looking forward to using it. I had a custom desk made for it and it looks awesome. Once I figure out how to post a picture I will. Does anyone know where I might find a VU meterbridge for this unit. I am in Canada and I cannot find anything. Also does anyone know if the OEM PSU's should be replaced for newer more powerful ones...? Anyway, thanks for your time and look forward to more info on these consoles.
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby AnalogStudio7 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:06 pm

Hi Danrents,

I run a studio in California but I also run a large rehearsal hall complex with self-service kind-of recording faciliities there.

We bought a DDA CS8 32 channel board for the main room for FOH and recording use by the reheasing bands. When we installed the board we had a lot of problems with the power supplies and had them fixed. Then we had to fix them again the next month because one rail kept going down.

When the PSU went down again the 3rd time we got a new one built for us with MORE POWER !!! This made a huge difference in the sound of the console...lot more bottom end and we could really crank the board! And all the problems were finally gone as we had some weird buzzing that would come and go on all channels.

So my answer is that the DDA power supplies pretty much sucked and were really straining to keep up. So I would say Hell Yes...get better power supplies with more amps for your board!

Congrats on your new CS8, by the way. We love ours and so do the bands!

Cheers,

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PS...if you get a new power supply made, make sure who ever builds it has all the protection circuits built into it too! Ask my how I know about this! We blew another console pretty badly many years ago when we -tried- to build our own power supply for it. It didn't have any proper protection built into it and we fried (smoked and literally blew) almost every IC in it and bunches of other parts in the console when the PSU went high voltage on us! What a mess that was! And lots of bucks to try to fix...and it never was right after all of the fixing.

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Re: DDA consoles

Postby Danrents » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:19 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. I will look into a new PSU. I am afraid I might pay more for one than I did my console.
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby AnalogStudio7 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:17 pm

True!

With so many good used consoles for sale at cheap prices, a new power supply can look like a really big expense by comparisson. But the way I justified the expense when I had a new PSU built is with this reasoning: without a really good PSU, I'll continue having constant battles trying to keep the console running and I was spending almost the cost of a new PSU on the tech's and the repairs to the old PSU that was only lasting a month or so. And then I was losing business when the console was down because of the PSU and that REALLY sucked!

So I bit the bullet, put down the money on my credit card and it was the best move I made. It was a great relief when I got the new PSU and all the problems were gone. It's just something that I had to do and it all worked out. And the bonus was a much better sounding console.

Looking back, it was a big decision and money was really tight at the time. But I was loosing customers when the stupid PSU would go down in the middle of a reheasal hall rental and then I'd have to refund the customer. So that didn't make any sense either.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll get your system squared away. Let me know if you need any help along the way!

Cheers!

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Re: DDA consoles

Postby Danrents » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:01 am

Thanks Greg! I am looking into a new PSU in California. I think I might have to bite the bullet.
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby AnalogStudio7 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:07 am

Sounds good!

PM me if you want the name of the company that's made several PSU's for me.

Cheers!

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Re: DDA consoles

Postby Danrents » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:13 pm

Sure. What's their name and where are they located?
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby Jim Williams » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:35 am

Can you look up to the top of this page?
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby crunch » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:08 pm

Seriously, what Jim said, if you want a high end psu that's going to deliver the goods for many years to come, http://www.grssystems.com. WONDERFUL products.
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Re: DDA consoles

Postby AnalogStudio7 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:50 pm

Hi again,

Sorry for the delay...been super busy!

Yes, like the others have said...the company is GRS in California. I wasn't going to promo them on the forum, didnt want to get anyone upset here. But since others have chimed in about them, so will I. We have 5 GRS power supply systems here between the 3 in the studio and the 2 in the rehearsal halls. All doing great. Some units built 10 years ago. Still working great, never had a problem.

About 3 years ago our business was way off and we tried to build our own PSU to save some money. That was a mistake. We blew that one up and the console. So we, as I said before, bit the bullet and had GRS build us another power supply...all good now as usual with their stuff.

Cheers,

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