There are many different aspects of lighting in a public space – so many in fact that even seasoned technical crew can be confused. This article offers and introduction to the different lighting systems you might find in a performance environment.
Consider a traditional small theatrical venue. The venue has public spaces and non-public spaces. […]
Part 3 of this series introduced two professional cue light systems both using a three-wire system with an XLR grounded cable shield. One system is relay-based and the other microcontroller-based. Either system would be suitable for a professional installation. However, the two systems use different arrangements for the outstation. In fact there is […]
In part 1 we introduced cue light systems and discussed simple 2-wire a.c. systems. In part 2, we introduced d.c. switching and moved on to latching STANDBY. Later in part 2 we introduced a microcontroller-based design.
In this part we will consider adding MASTER GO to relay systems and then expand […]
In the first part, we covered an introduction to cue lights are and how they are used. We also looked at a simple two-wire system. In this part we are going to look at three-wire systems with automatic flashing.
Note that the circuits presented here are not complete designs and there are many […]
Some years ago I designed a theatrical cue-light system and I recently came across the drawings. The system was based on relays and I thought it would be interesting to see how cue-light designs have progressed over the years. I found that there are many different ways of doing cue lights and I thought I […]
The short answers is yes, absolutely – the Phantom Piezo Preamp has balanced input and output and effectively you connect […]
I had an enquiry about using LED’s to protect the input of the Phantom Piezo Preamp (available to buy here) which puzzled me slightly, as I didn’t initially see the point. However it was noted that if a piezo transducer is dropped onto a hard surface, the […]
You may have gathered from my last-but-one post on bit-banging the AD9833 DDS module that I have been playing with audio oscillator designs. As part of this process, I have tried a few Wien bridge oscillator designs that purport to not require a proper non-linear device (such as […]
Since Fairchild finally discontinued the 2N5457 JFET along with a number of other JFETS in the TO92 package, prices have been rising and tales of fakes have been increasing on audio and stomp-box forums. You can still buy the 2N5457 from Central Semiconductor, but they are very expensive – too expensive for Stompville to consider […]
I bought an AD9833 DDS module from China – you know the one:
I wanted to control it from an Atmel ATtiny and my weapon of choice was the ATtiny44. Now I could just have easily used an ATtiny2313 (both devices are 14-pin), but I didn’t – and I went on and built a […]