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12/30/13

WINDOWS 7 Pro Tools Optimizations

With Pro Tools freshly installed on a dedicated drive I made the time to go through all Avid recommended optimizations.

What a difference it made! By far the biggest improvement in regards to system stability was changing my (BIOS clock setting) from TURBO to NORMAL. This single BIOS change totally improved how my system responds. Thank you Avid.


MISSING AUDIO FILES


One thing that caught me by surprise when I first fired up Pro Tools was the number of audio files that had to be "relinked". At first I totally freaked out when I opened a session because there were no waveforms in my edit window and no audio would play. My gut sank down into my feet and I actually felt a little ill at that moment.

Then I realized what Pro Tools was trying to tell me:
First I had this window with 303 audio files missing. That didn't make me feel any better.


I used the default selection "automatically find and relink". But, if you are missing a large amount of audio files, like I was, there won't be any audio to play until Pro Tools can relink the audio files to the session. So, be patient and wait for them to appear.

 

PRO TOOLS TASK MANAGER

 


Once I was in Pro Tools I went to "Window" and then "Task Manager" to see what was going on. It was in the Task Manager window that I saw Pro Tools "relinking" the audio files to the session. After I saw the audio clips appear I felt much better.



I went through all of my session files to "relink them" and then saved them again.  I thought everything would be fine after that but I still had "6" missing audio files.

For the life of me I can't figure what they are because all of my sessions play just like they did before the crash.

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

Here's a quick summary of how my machine is currently set up:

DRIVES
3 Hard Drives -
1 for "Windows 7"
1 for "Pro Tools"
1 for "BFD II"

PLUGINS
All "plugins" are installed on the Windows 7 drive

USB
USB devices are "Always on"

BIOS
Clock mode is "Normal"

NETWORKS
All networks are "Disabled"


HARD DISK
Drive compression is "Disabled"
Contents indexed is "Disabled"

AUDIO INTERFACE
Latest driver for Avid Mbox 3 Pro was installed

PROCESSOR SCHEDULING
Background Services is "Enabled"

PROCESSOR POWER MANAGEMENT
(Advanced Power Settings Mode)
Hard disk is "Always on"
Minimum processor state = "100%"

WINDOWS COMPONENTS
Screen Saver = "Never"
Windows Themes are "Disabled"

Thank you for reading,
Trenton

12/20/13

UNIVERSAL AUDIO LA-610

LA 610 FREQUENCY SWEEP

While my PC is on hiatus from recording I figured it would be a great time to take a look inside my LA610. I absolutely love this thing. It's my "go-to" box for all things recording.











 LA 610 INSIDE VIEW




 LA 610 EQ

I set it up on the bench and ran some simple frequency sweeps to get an idea of how the EQ responded. I would guess it is similar to a Baxandall type circuit due to the gentle nature of the
response curves. Examples of boost and cut at 4.5kHz and 70Hz frequencies are
shown.

T4 MODULE

While I was inside I just had to take a look at the T4 module so I removed the black
cover and pulled it up from its header pins.

T4 PHOTO CELLS


T4 LUMINESCENT PANEL ASSEMBLY

T4 MODULE MOUNTED

I'm still working on getting my PC up and running again. The next install is BFD II. I hope to be back in business by the end of this week.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton

12/14/13

BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

It's always nice to turn on the PC and be greeted with a nice blue screen with some irritating white text informing you how totally screwed you are. Especially when all you want to do is record some songs.  I now know how I will be spending the next few days of my life....
I record on a PC so I always keep a pair of chrome skulls next to my monitor to remind me to "SE-SO" ( Save Early-Save Often ). Thankfully, this won't be a total loss. I back up my Pro Tools sessions folder at least once a week on an external hard drive. According to my log book I will be losing a couple of recent mix sessions if I can't recover any of the session data on the drive.



FIXING WINDOWS 7

1. SYSTEM RESTORE - Went as far back as I could and it still won't boot.
2. RIP OUT FIRE WIRE CARD - No change. The screen is still blue.
3. RIP OUT VIDEO CARD - No change. This has worked on other machines.
4. PULL MEMORY (One at a time!) - No change. Skulls are now laughing at me.
5. EXTERNAL USB DRIVE DOCK - Yes! I was able to get all of my session data off the drive.

PRO TOOLS DEDICATED DRIVE

It looks like I will be reinstalling Windows 7 on that drive. I am going to get another drive to dedicate to Pro Tools. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton




12/5/13

Pro Audio Schematics

Many classic schematics and manuals can be found here JBL Pro Audio .

The 1176 manual with schematics can be found here 1176LN.

The LA-2A manual can be found here LA-2A .

The LA-3A compressor manual can be found here LA-3A.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton

12/2/13

COLORED POWER CABLES

We've all been there.....
Crouched down under the table staring at the power strip in near darkness trying to guess which black power cable is the right one to unplug.

This can be a real problem if you don't want to accidentally unplug the computer that's running your recording session!

So, how do you prevent this? Some people like to label their cords. I like to use colored power cables. All critical items, like my computers, get red cables. 


I ordered mine directly from Stayonline.com at (12-11-14 updated link) www.stayonline.com .
The purchase process was straight forward and they were shipped in a reasonable time frame.

They have eight colors and many different plug types to choose from.
To replace most of my black U.S. power cables I ordered the NEMA 5-15 to IEC 320 C13.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton