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Hey Everyone

 

I'm starting to assemble an audio playback rig and am wondering if anyone can share ideas/what they have.

 

I'm still shopping around for software but my hardware basics are covered. 

 

Thanks

 

Greg D

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How simple can you get away with?  Will you need to edit on-site (under pressure)?  Do you need multitrack output?  Do you need to be able to sync playback to external clock?  Is production going deliver you audio files, or audio files with LTC or audio files with metadata TC or ProTools etc sessions?

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I'm a ProTools person after years of playback on various shows.  When discussing playback sessions with editorial and post, I am usually put in contact with the music supervisor.  If it's a complicated playback situation, I can have them build a nice session with clicks, thumps, music stems, TC as audio, etc. and have it sent directly to me.  When given a few minutes, I can build the same with a stereo music track.  It's such a versatile program that I find it essential.

 

As for interface, since my rig I/O is Dante, I have Dante Virtual Sound Card on my laptop.  I can assign as many tracks as I want to my console via Dante Controller.  Usually it's a mono mix/buss, click and thump, and sometimes TC.  Then I can feed it to whatever I need, earwigs/speakers or sub for thump.  Sounds complicated, but it really isn't when you start putting it together.

 

Hope that all made sense...

 

Phil

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Thank you Phil.

That makes perfect sense. I see that location playback rigs are simplistic overall - the intricacy lies in the tracks you are given my production to edit in (ideally) Protools.

 

You remind me of another question I've had - What's the advantage of Dante networking on location?

I'm familiar with Dante but only in a FOH, concert situation where it's relied on to maintain a clean signal over hundreds of feet of cable runs and a seamless back up (in redundant mode).

May I ask which console you use?

 

GD

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if you had a recorder with dante,  and your wireless receiver rack had dante,  your interconnect between the two devices would be one cable (two with a redundant connection.  i’m halfway there - recorder yes, wireless no

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On 3/12/2018 at 7:04 AM, GJD said:

Thank you Phil.

That makes perfect sense. I see that location playback rigs are simplistic overall - the intricacy lies in the tracks you are given my production to edit in (ideally) Protools.

 

You remind me of another question I've had - What's the advantage of Dante networking on location?

I'm familiar with Dante but only in a FOH, concert situation where it's relied on to maintain a clean signal over hundreds of feet of cable runs and a seamless back up (in redundant mode).

May I ask which console you use?

 

GD

Hello GD...sorry for the long delay in response.  I've been a bit slammed on a gig at present.

 

As for Dante on a production sound cart, it's a very elegant way to provide I/O between decks, console and computer.  My Dante rig consists of a Yamaha O1v with a Dante card, two Sound Devices PIX260's (audio only mode...), and a MacBook Pro for all things networking and playback.  I have the Dante network in Star Mode with everything plugged into a Gigabit switch.  The MacBook is running Dante Virtual Sound Card so the audio I/O of protools shows up on the Dante network, assignable to wherever I like.  I bring in as many outputs as I need into my console and route as necessary.  It's usually as easy as one or two tracks, but we can go as deep as you like.

 

All the best,

Phil

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