Soundcraft series 1600 studio mixer console

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by N_Cook, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. N_Cook

    N_Cook Guest

    24 channel 8 foot long beast with analogue meters and patchbay. Would this
    sort of kit be made with convenience of repair in mind. ie props and cable
    extenders designed in ? Would it be a 2 man job to get it open and propped
    up, then a partial stripdown just to replace meter bulbs ? Would 2 or 3 of
    the main channel sections be removable and repairable off site and rest of
    the console be useable without bridging cables etc
     
    N_Cook, Jun 17, 2010
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  2. N_Cook

    Sofa Slug Guest

    N_Cook wrote:
    > 24 channel 8 foot long beast with analogue meters and patchbay. Would this
    > sort of kit be made with convenience of repair in mind. ie props and cable
    > extenders designed in ?


    The internal ribbon cables are too short to allow easy service access to
    the modules while they are plugged in. While it's possible to work on
    the modules without removing them from the board, you will want extender
    cables if you're doing any serious work on them. You can make your own
    extenders from ribbon cable & standard (3M) ribbon connectors.

    > Would it be a 2 man job to get it open and propped
    > up, then a partial strip down just to replace meter bulbs ?


    The meter bulbs can be replaced by simply pulling off the meter covers.

    > Would 2 or 3 of
    > the main channel sections be removable and repairable off site and rest of
    > the console be usable without bridging cables etc. ?


    Like most modular mixers, you can remove most of the input and/or group
    out modules, and as long as both the main master and aux master modules
    are left in, the mixer will still work.

    The 1600 modules are bench repairable, but you will need interface
    connectors and proper power supplies & test equipment. It's a lot easier
    to just use extender cables with the console.

    Soundcraft still has the complete manual for the 1600 on their website:
    http://www.soundcraft.com/downloads/user_guides.aspx?pid=65#downloads
     
    Sofa Slug, Jun 17, 2010
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    N_Cook Guest

    Sofa Slug <> wrote in message
    news:hvd8sa$92l$-september.org...
    > N_Cook wrote:
    > > 24 channel 8 foot long beast with analogue meters and patchbay. Would

    this
    > > sort of kit be made with convenience of repair in mind. ie props and

    cable
    > > extenders designed in ?

    >
    > The internal ribbon cables are too short to allow easy service access to
    > the modules while they are plugged in. While it's possible to work on
    > the modules without removing them from the board, you will want extender
    > cables if you're doing any serious work on them. You can make your own
    > extenders from ribbon cable & standard (3M) ribbon connectors.
    >
    > > Would it be a 2 man job to get it open and propped
    > > up, then a partial strip down just to replace meter bulbs ?

    >
    > The meter bulbs can be replaced by simply pulling off the meter covers.
    >
    > > Would 2 or 3 of
    > > the main channel sections be removable and repairable off site and rest

    of
    > > the console be usable without bridging cables etc. ?

    >
    > Like most modular mixers, you can remove most of the input and/or group
    > out modules, and as long as both the main master and aux master modules
    > are left in, the mixer will still work.
    >
    > The 1600 modules are bench repairable, but you will need interface
    > connectors and proper power supplies & test equipment. It's a lot easier
    > to just use extender cables with the console.
    >
    > Soundcraft still has the complete manual for the 1600 on their website:
    > http://www.soundcraft.com/downloads/user_guides.aspx?pid=65#downloads
    >


    Thanks for all that. The desk is in another country at the moment and I
    don't know when it will arrive, new owner buying it with some known
    problems. When it does arrive here I will go fully kitted up with plenty of
    ribbon and connectors.
     
    N_Cook, Jun 17, 2010
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  4. "N_Cook" <> wrote in message
    news:hvci3c$hfh$-september.org...
    > 24 channel 8 foot long beast with analogue meters and patchbay. Would this
    > sort of kit be made with convenience of repair in mind. ie props and cable
    > extenders designed in ? Would it be a 2 man job to get it open and propped
    > up, then a partial stripdown just to replace meter bulbs ? Would 2 or 3
    > of
    > the main channel sections be removable and repairable off site and rest of
    > the console be useable without bridging cables etc
    >
    >



    All you need to do is on this kind of desk is to remove the first four
    channel modules. This will give you enough length of ribbon
    cable/connectors to externally test any channel strip you care to plug into
    it. You do not need any extenders whatsoever. Similarly with the group
    modules.

    You can also remove each channel module and power it on the bench from +/-
    15v and ground via the obvious Fuse Resistors. The only thing missing will
    be Phantom and the Insert loop which you will have to short. Best to work
    with a schematic in this case though - sometimes grounds may come from more
    than one source.



    Gareth.
     
    Gareth Magennis, Jun 17, 2010
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