Professional Sound - June 2017 - Page 32

32 • PROFESSIONAL SOUND something fresh and new.” While they had detailed documents for the console, given the number of modifications made to it over time, in some cases, they were useless. “I’d say we spent almost 90 per cent of our time doing signal flow, which is humorous because nobody likes to do that, but it’s all you can do when you’re facing a very elaborate, very detailed console and simply don’t know where all the wires are running to,” Young says. He adds that one particular issue took two weeks to diagnose and turned out to be a problem with one wire. “It was driving us insane. You could hit the console as hard as you want, nothing would happen, but if you tapped it with the softest touch of your finger, it would cause the speaker to cut out.” The intention was never to restore the board to its original state when it shipped from the factory, but rather to work with what they had, mods and all, and ensure it worked for Lake and the studio owner’s needs and workflow. After getting a handle on the overall state of console, they began repairs. First came ensuring everything was balanced and that all the outputs for the speakers were working. “And actually,” Young says, “one would cut out and the other had distortion. We had a lot of problems in the centre section of the console, which, thankfully, we got around.” Finding replacement parts was also challenging, particularly when trying to track down a number of switches that were manufactured 40 years earlier. Finding those switches new was virtually impossible, but Lake had a contact that was able to provide them with the parts and has been a source of valuable infor- mation throughout the process. In the end, they found just enough switches to make the fix. Unsurprisingly, once they dug in, they found more surprises. “We discov- ered, by accident, that there are four 31106 modules in the console that were made by Focusrite, not Neve. They actu- ally have the mic pres inside of the mod- ules, which none of the other modules do because the mic pres are remote,” Lake says. Rupert Neve of course found- ed Focusrite after departing the compa- ny bearing his name. “Once we figured out everything was working and got around the mods and the switches, we CONTROL ROOM determined that you’d flip a switch and nothing would happen. We took the switch apart, put it back together, but realized that, while the switch was fine, the relays were no good. And which re- lay is no good? Well, there’s a giant ѡ)9ٕȁѡ՝Ё׊eٔѼɕѡ͔)ɕͽ̸%Ё݅́ͥՍ݅ѡ)ݡٕȁЁЁѽѡȁ݅́Ѽ)ݥѠаЁ)ͽɕٕɕͽЁ)ѡЁ͕ѥt)%她ѼɔЁ܁Ѽɽѡ)ɽ̰eչ́ͅЁձչȴ)ѠѡͽЁхɥЁиq$݅́她)ѼɅ䁡ɽչ܁$ձЁɕ)Սٕ䁍ѡɔаѡЁ)ѽѡȁݥѡЁͥݥɔtͼ)ѽٕȁݕq$eЁɕȁЁа)Յ䰁Ёݡ$ѽѡݥɕ́Ё$չ)͕ٕɅѡЁݕɕeЁٕѕݕɔ)ȁݡЁѡݕɔ͕Ѽt)ѕ݅ɑ̰ѡɔ͕ѥ݅ͻeЁɔ)ɽɱ七qMɔ՝Ё݅́ɔ)ѡ͔啅ȵݥэ̸=)ɅЁѡݥɕ́ݕɔͼ͕)ѡݕɔͥ䁡Ё%)׊eѡݥэЁЁ)ݽɭЁЁeлt)QЁ她Քѕɵ́ѥ)݅́ѥѡхչѥݽɭq])Յ䁡ѼٔЁȁЁѼ)Ё͔ݔɕЁݡɔ͕)ѡյ́܁ѡͽ݅́ɥ)ݥɕЁɕѼչѡ݅䁥)͡ձtUѥѕѡ䁕她ѡ)ͽɕєхLqݡ)Ց܁ɕ䰁Ёѡӊéٕ)䁙ȁ́Ёͼ́ѕѡ)ѡ͔ݥэ̳teչ̸ͅ)=ٕɅMɅ́ͅɕѽɥѡɐ݅)ѥѼѡIЁ9ٔqI)݅́ͭѼեͽѡѡЁፕѡ)ͽչՅ䁽ѡ͔ѡɭЁ)ѡѥ́ɕ͔݅́ѡ́ͽQ+qQ5͕Ʌ)9ٔͽ)ѡͽѡ)ѡ́ɔ)ɕ)Ё)ȁ́ͽ)t)ɕՕɅѡ)ݥѠѡͽ͕)ɔѡݥѡЁ)Mɥ̸%́ɕՕɕ͕)ٔ́ЁЀ!谁ݡɕ)ѡɱȁ9ٔϊdɔ)͔݅́Ѽ!踁]ѡ)ȁЁݗeɔٕ)ɥѡȁݥѠ)ɕمݡЁ͍ٕ݅́ɕ)݅́ѡЁѡɔ́卡)ѥɕѥѼɥ)ɥѡЁ́ѡЁݥ)ݥѠɥ)յѕ́ͅ她)ѡЁɕɕɅ)9ٔͽЁ)MM1́ѡյȁ)ѡЁͭIЁѼͥ)ͽѡѡЁݽձ)՝ѼЁݽձ)ͼٔѡɕɑɅ)ѕɥѥ́ݡЁɅѥ)ɽՍt)=ѡѡ́ѡЁ͕)ѡͽ́9ٔݽɭ)Ё́ѡЁٕȁ)ѡ͔Ʌ͙ɵ)ݡMM0ɼͽ)ٕͥѽ݅ɑ́ݕ)́ѡɕɔ