Eric Toline

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  1. As has been said, "there are many ways to skin a cat" and while your way works for you, that's not how I would do it.
  2. There's something wrong if your TX is set to -50. Either your cable is not wired for line or your sending too hot a signal from your 633. Not sure what you mean by "full line level" output. You should be using the "0" tone from the 633 as your reference tone and adjust the TX input to give you about 75% on the TX meter. The RX meter should be set to about the same level. The 3.5mm TRS connector should be wired with positive to the ring and ground to the shield & the tip. The connector to the 633 should be positive to pin 2 and ground to pin 1 & 3. Now you have an unbalanced connection that will drop the 633 output into the TX by 6db as compared to balanced wiring. The way your working is like driving with one foot on the gas pedal & the other on the brake at the same time. Look up unity gain & gain staging for more information on how to do it & the advantages.
  3. I would bet that the TX input cable is NOT wired for line level into the TX. Feeding a line level signal into a mic level input is wrong in so many ways. That's why you have the TX set at -48 and the RX set at "0". It's all about gain staging. You need to either get the correct wired cable or set the 633 output to mic level out. Then you can raise the TX input level to -18 or so and adjust the RX output to about the same if you have a mic level setting on the camera. The cable you need will have the positive feed connected to the ring of the 3.5mm TRS input connector and a ground connection going to both the sleeve and the tip.
  4. I would venture that it was 35mm single stripe mag with the obligatory balance track.
  5. What he said +1.
  6. Is it PC to use that phrase?
  7. Traut is correct, less than 5 seconds is more than enough to melt the solder and get it to a liquid state. Tin the connector cup first then tin the wires then melt them together. The images show way too much solder being used in each of the cups which is probably why you have heat discoloration on the pins.
  8. Keep in mind that Sony uses the ring of a TRS connector for audio & Sennheiser uses the tip.
  9. The TA 5 on the PDR takes the same wiring setup as the wireless transmitters. BTW, there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.
  10. Yes they work just fine with the VHF 185 & UHF SMQV units.
  11. I wire all lavs for Lectro using the TA5 connector as per figure 2 in the chart above. They all work just fine wired that way including the old Lectro VHF 185 series units.
  12. Contact Larry at he can custom make any type of rig you might need.
  13. That's good to hear. I have no knowledge of the terms of the N.Y. sale only the sale of the Ft. Lauderdale office that we bought and for obvious reasons I will not comment on those details.
  14. A length of shrink tubing is a very good idea as it does not affect transmission or reception to any noticeable degree and as mentioned above it offers great protection. Do it, you won't regret it.
  15. Yes. My email is Our website is a work in progress and is
  16. Everyone in the Topham family is just fine. Rich Topham decided to retire and sold the business. Jim & Andy bought the NY operation, the New Orleans office was bought by the managers who ran that office and I and my partner Ahmed Lugo who ran the Ft. Lauderdale shop bought the Ft. Lauderdale office. The New Orleans operation is now called "SoundHard" and here it's "Production Sound Solutions." Three separate companies all professionally staffed. All is good.
  17. Most antennas are cut to be optimal at the center frequency of the specific block they are meant for. If a block is say 500Mhz to 550Mhz the antenna is cut for 525Mhz. The closer to the center frequency that you can tune to the better your results should be.
  18. Find out what they were and I'll replace them. I would think a couple of dynamic hand mics & some 25' xlr cables.
  19. and the best reason is that I'll be there to host & MC the JW/RAMPS party.
  20. Legendary for sure and not in his own mind either.
  21. Plan ahead. The 2018 NAB convention will be April 9-12, 2018. So the party will be April 10th.
  22. As of today Professional Sound Services of Ft. Lauderdale is no more. But fear not the new name is "Production Sound Solutions" now owned & operated by Eric Toline & Ahmed Lugo. Address & telephone numbers are the same. I am still going to be the chief curmudgeon that you all have grown to know & love.
  23. Yes it does.
  24. What is an audio pit? If you mean the Mixers party it's Tuesday night April 25th at Satays. More details on that on this home page at the top.
  25. The RATPACK connectors are a study in frustration. The tiny set screws do not hold the front piece securely for any length of time. I've found that using clear nail polish on the front piece threads as an adhesive, clamping the assembly in a vise until the polish dries with the set screws tightened as tight as possible does a very good job of locking everything in place......hopefully. At $35 each they are way overpriced.