New Calrec M Series owner, hello

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New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:53 am

Hello,
If everything goes according to plan I will be collecting a Calrec M series console next week.
I plan to use it for the main console in my recording studio, so a different use than it was designed as it has spent it's life on an outside broadcast truck.
I am really excited about working with it as, sonically I anticipate a massive improvement.
I am currently running a Soundcraft 1624, the only thing bothering me is I really like the monitoring facilites of the soundcraft (very intuitive and flexible) I don't like to monitor from the daw, and I sometimes (too rarely) use tape.
I expect to have a few questions about it when I get my hands on it, but the one major thing I am mulling over is how to arrange it for monitoring multitrack recording.
I don't know how the master section works at all at the moment, I've just been looking at pictures and trying to work it out.
I'm assuming it will all become clear.
Any thoughts on how to re configure the desk for my needs would be appreciated, at this stage the concept as opposed the details, that will no doubt come later.
I am planning a complete recap, assuming it hasn't ben recently done, over time as well as a good clean, this will all have to be worked around while it is in use though.
I have previously recapped the soundcraft and restored it to ,intermittent, full funtionallity (those blooming switches, ribbon cables, and unavailable pots) so I am pretty good with a soldering iron and signal flow concepts etc. (the maths of it all tends to escape me)
Anyway that just about sums it up at the moment.
Looking forward to contributing to the forum.
Cheers
Alex
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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Richard Lumb » Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:54 pm

Hi Alex,
Welcome to the forum.
You are in good hands and Gareth and I are just over the hill from you should you get stuck.

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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:40 am

Thanks richard,

I'm sure I will get stuck, it's good to know there is some help on hand.
I'm collecting on wed so the desk will be coming home to yorkshire after it's travels.

Cheers
Alex
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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby DraytonTom » Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:22 pm

Hi Alex

Was this the M-series that was on Ebay from Theatre Auctions last week?
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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:21 pm

Hi Tom,

That's the one,what do you think? I've been looking for something like it for a while.
I must say I'm quite excited by the challenge of turing it to my multitrack needs.

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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby DraytonTom » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:22 pm

Hi Alex

Well I did look at it lustfully a few times, but really I didn't really have the budget for anything as big as that.
I am currently, with the help of the generous people here, planning on building an M-series sidecar with modules I have acquired from ebay and various other places.
I will start a post on here when I get a chance.

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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:47 am

No the budget is pushing it for us, seems like a good opportunity to get a great quality desk before the prices really get out of control though.
What modules do you have?
If you need any of the info that comes in the manual I am supposed to be getting with the desk just let me know.
I hear lots of good things about these modules!
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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:35 pm

Ok, Update time.

I have the console!
The modules are all out in boxes in my store room along with the power supplies.
The frame is in the van..... four of us gave up trying to get it throught the narrow front door in the rain today, and put back in the van.
I do have a lift that would make life easier, however it is broken down, big bill coming, I probaly should have spent the money on that rather than the desk....
If anyone knows a lift engineer that is prepared to repair one old wound resistor on an old control panel rather than replace the whole control mechanism for £10,000 I would be eternally grateful.

I digress.
It all looks good. jobs to do.
1.Get it into the building

2.Work out the looms I need to make, all the original looms were left in the Birmingham Type-b OB unit.
I am still unsure what is going on as far as mic inputs are concerned. I haven't had a chance to properly look at the labeling on the patchbays (there are only edac connectors on the back) so I am assuming the mics are patched to the pres via the bantam patchbay, this raises questions about phantom power, it is my understanding that jack patchbays and phantom power don't mix well, is the phantom power fed to the tie lines after the patchbay? Is it global phantom? there is a switch on the pq1253 that is marked ph, is this phase reverse or phantom?

3.Re-configure the patchbays to my needs
Bantam patch bays look fiddly to me, I have done a 1/4" mosses & mitchell patch bay which was fine (I'm quite proud of it)

4.work out how to monitor tape returns, I have an idea about this.
Can anyone see any reason why i couldn't normal, via the built in patchbay, the line inputs 21-40 to the tape sends and have a switch to change to the tape returns? noisy switches seem like the main drawback to me. I could of course still use those channels as mic inputs just by breaking the normalling. Am I talking nonsense here?

I have a host of questions about the desk in general...
The faders are bbc of course, I will probably flip them round, there is a micro switch at the top of travel, what does this do?
The matrix... what is that? (I am hoping for non Keanu reeves based answers)

Thats enough for now, I will get some pictures up soon which may make things a little clearer for us all.
Meanwhile here it is in the van...

http://www.ibs.org.uk/files/05_Radio_3_ ... ensong.pdf

Not my van though :oops:
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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby DraytonTom » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:13 pm

Hi Alex

Sounds like you have had quite a mission!
Afraid I don't know any lift engineers.
Also as I am just researching this stuff myself I cant help out with much on the Calrec questions front.
However, I do know that the Ph button on the PQ module is the phase reverse. I believe the 48V switching is somewhere else on the console.
Anyway best of luck!

Cheers

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Re: New Calrec M Series owner, hello

Postby Factory Street » Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:21 pm

Thanks, I thought as much,
I think I read somewhere that alot of broadcast desks just had phantom on all the time?
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