-Super Custom IEM Cables and Snakes!
A few weeks ago, we received a call from a customer, Allan Maxwell, asking for more detailed measurements on the Rockon Cable and whether we could create a custom 4-channel snake. Of course, we were happy to provide the standard spec measurements, but we were even more stoked to help create a 4-channel snake that would streamline setup and clean up the stage!
Currently, Allan is using 4 separate XLR cables to get the setup he needs. The signals that would ultimately end up in the snake include:
1. In ear monitor mix left
2. In ear monitor mix right
3. Bass guitar (from DI box)
4. Vocal Mic (boom stand near effects pedal board)
::The In-Ear Monitor Signals
The first two XLR cables carry his in-ear monitor mix (both left and right, each it's own balanced line level signal that requires it's own XLR cable). The signals come from the output of his mixer (in the back of the stage setup), and then runs around the side of the stage and ends at his guitar effect pedal board. On his effects pedal board, Allan has a headphone amp with XLR inputs for left and right.
::The instrument signal (bass guitar)
Allan uses a DI box that lives on his effects pedal board. His signal flow starts at the bass itself, goes through his effect pedals, and then finally hits his DI box. The output of his DI box is mic level XLR. This is where the 3rd XLR cable comes into play. From the output of his DI box, his bass signal goes along the XLR back up to an input on his monitor mixer - which lives in the back of the stage. This third XLR actually runs along the same path on the stage as his IEM mix left and right cables.
::The Vocal mic signal
In addition to playing bass, Allan also sings in the band, and so has a vocal mic setup on a boom-stand just to the side of his effects pedal board. The fourth XLR in his setup is simply used to carry the mic signal from his vocal mic back to the input on his monitor mixer in the back of the stage. Again, this fourth XLR goes along the same path along the stage as the previously mentioned 3 XLRS.
Because all of these 4 signals were running basically from the same area of the stage (Allan's pedal board and vocal mic) to the mixer in the back, it made a ton of sense to think about making a snake.
::Needed to be custom
Sure, why not grab a 4 channel snake and call it done? Well, the problem is, most snakes that are readily available are designed to carry audio in one direction. Or, at least, the gender of the XLRs, is the same for all signals. Once you get into the 6 to 8 channel snakes, sometimes there are a couple channels that "send" audio, while the majority are for returns.
::Taking it one step further
We decided to make this thing super custom for Allan's needs. This is where we got out the measuring tape. Allan new that the snake would always run from one direction on the stage to his pedal board, and so the signal that hits his DI box (for his bass instrument signal) is actually slightly before the end of the snake. We ended up having this channel on the snake split out a bit early from the sleeving. This way, the remaining three cables could stay in the sleeving and make for an even cleaner setup.
Looking forward to seeing how the setup goes. Allan has offered to send in some photos of the final setup, and we will be sure to post them with a follow up blog post soon.
As always, please don't hesitate to hit us up with any questions at our contact page. We would be happy to work with you on your custom IEM setup!
Thanks for reading and rock on,
-The new model of the Tasty Blender is available!
We are very excited to announce that the Tasty Blender V2 is finished! The new model includes many new features. Please check out the product page and user manual to read up about all the new specs, but we will give a quick overview here.
"V2" is very much like the original model, in terms of usability, but the menu options have expanded quite a bit (on a per-channel basis, as well as global parameters). Here are some highlights:
1) The Blender V2 functions more like a true 3 channel digital mixer. Each channel has input trim gain, input 20dB boost, volume (0-99), pan, bass boost eq, limiter threshold.
Check out the following parameter navigation map. It shows all of the available settings for each channel and main output.
2) More control of your limiters. Each channel has a dedicated peak limiter with adjustable threshold. Note, there are still 3 stereo limiters in series on the stereo output with adjustable limiters.
3) Channel 3 is much more versitile. It now has adjustable volume control from 0-99. (The Tasty Blender V1 only had adjustable volume from 0-7). It can also accept a mono (TS) or a stereo signal (TRS). With this new stereo capability, you can plug in a TRS cable that has the left and right signals on the tip and ring of the connector. This is typically what you get from a laptop, cell phone, ipad, guitar amp simulator, metronome, or headphone signal (i.e. the output of another small mixer or Aviom setup).
4) Larger headroom on all inputs. The Blender V2 can now accept professional level full swing line level signals (+4dBu). On the original model, some users had experienced a minimal amount of clipping with larger signals.
5) Protective diode clamping on all inputs. This ensures that any large sound signals, un-intentional spikes, or ESD shocks can no longer damage the inputs.
6) Stereo output boost for use with larger "can" headphones (aka over-the-ear). This ensures that you get plenty of volume when using larger headphones. Note, with most IEMs, it is not necessary to use the output boost.
7) More robust power conditioning to reduce noise floor and overheating. The Blender V2 can only accept 9V power (pin + or pin -). Exceeding this voltage can damage the unit. Note, the Blender V1 was rated to higher input voltages, however it was pushing the limits of some of the components, and this lead to the occasional overheating and failure.
8) The power input jack is now a thru-hole part. The Blender V1 had a surface-mount part, meaning that it was more prone to ripping off the circuit board. Although it was not a common problem for users, we still wanted to improve the part. The new design is much stronger and will withstand much more lateral pressure. It is virtually impossible to rip it off the circuit board.
Thanks again for stopping by and we look forward to helping you with your order!
-Winter NAMM 2015
It's that time of year again. We're heading to the winter NAMM show!
We will be at Booth # 1183 (HALL E). If you're at the show, please come hang out and try out the gear.
This year we are trying something a little different; We have teamed up with Delicious Audio and are going to be providing Tasty Blenders and Rockon Cables for each of their effects pedal demo stations. The plan is to have 8 stations set up with a variety of effects pedals to try out.
Each station will have a variety of guitar effects and amp simulators. These will then be plugged into a Tasty Blender providing headphone or IEM amplification and limiting. If you have a set of IEMs, you are welcome to bring those along and try them out. There will also be a handful of axes ready for riffing.
While we are away at the show, please understand that we will not be able to answer your emails or calls as quickly. We will be at the show from Wednesday (Jan 21st) until the following Monday (Jan 26th). We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience as we catch up from the big NAMM wave.
Also, we are currently out of stock of the Tasty Blender and the Rockbox Limiter. Sorry, but we should have more in the following weeks after NAMM.
Thanks again for stopping by and we look forward to seeing you at the booth this weekend!
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"It works perfect for my in ears in an easy all-in-one package. No more wasting batteries!!"
-Mad Dog Boys, BC Canada
"The ability to take signal from practically anywhere on stage is invaluable!"
-Steve Sperry, guitarist/vocalist, Lubbock TX
"It's totally unobtrusive -no belt pack, which scores big points."
-Peter Healy, guitarist, Leipzig, Germany
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