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SCANDAL; “TV” blogpost by RINA☆

“TV recordings from this morning onwards. There are all sorts of things each and every day. I’m spending such varied days. Since they aren’t perfect, I aim to perfect them. I’m glad to have been able to end it with a smile!”

“▼Reading fan letters. A way that words seep into the mind and body. I’ll live tomorrow with all my heart as well, freely! I shall do the things I like. Thank you, for the one, long day.”

SCANDAL; “Movie” blogpost by RINA☆

“To the movies after work has ended. 4 people talking about the lives of 4 sisters. “Umi Machi Diary” had been wonderful. Family is really great, isn’t it? No matter what sort it is. It is an irreplaceable location after all.”

“For myself, I’m the oldest amongst 5 siblings. I’ve got younger sisters and brothers, but since the other members only have elder or younger brothers, there are times I feel envious. That’s when I think again, ‘Yes, I’m all good~’”

“And then, on these beautiful streets, I feel I’ve come to realise the reasons behind marrying, having a family and building a single home at Kamakura (a city in Kanagawa)! Laughs.”

Bruno will soon have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2016 also includes Steve Carell and Kurt Russell in the motion pictures category, while Kathy Bates, Tracy Morgan and Rob Lowe will be honored for their accomplishments in TV.

Although mostly seen on TV these days, LL Cool J and Adam Levine will be feted in the recording category along with fellow musicians Cyndi Lauper and Bruno Mars. Comic-turned-movie star Hart will also be lauded in the live performance group.

Musician and Walk of Famer Dave Koz announced the new honorees alongside Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and Maureen Schultz, chair of the Walk of Fame selection committee for 2014-2015, at a press conference on Monday.

TechBlr Tip: How to test cable WITHOUT a cable tester, but with a Multimeter

OK! So you are on a gig or in rehearsal, and the typical happens: You got a bad cable somewhere.  Be it an instrument cable or an XLR, there just isn’t anything doing with it.

But, you look in the mic cabinet and all around the booth, but you can’t find the fucking cable tester!!!!!!

Don’t worry, because you don’t NEED it! All you need is a garden variety multimeter!

Ok, so you are probably asking “How do I use this alien technology?!?!”.  Probably because you have seen them around the venue, but some of you may never of actually *used* one. With it’s cryptic symbols and strange numbers and threats of requiring some level of math, it was probably something you strove to avoid.  But, don’t worry! These meters are actually quite easy to use once you get your head around how to use it (just like any other part of show equipment).  And, once you figure it out, you will seem like some technological wizard by knowing WHY something is broken and knowing just what is needed to fix things.

Today, we’re going to be using it for a pretty simple task: Checking to see if an XLR cable is bad.  Now this can work with ANY cable, be it a ¼" TRS, XLR or RCA cable.  And, in order to do this, we will be checking the resistance of the cable.

To do this, you will need to take your meter and turn the large knob to the resistance setting (With the “Omega” symbol, otherwise known as Ω).  Select the 200 Ohms rating and then turn your meter on.  If your meter is what is called “Auto Ranging”, that means that it should be calibrated automatically and ready to go. If it is manual ranging, bust out the instruction manual for your meter and find out how to calibrate it before testing anything.

Then, you will hook up the two probes that come with the meter (if they aren’t already attached).  One will be a negative lead (usually black) and the other will be a positive lead (usually red).  In order to see if a cable is actually working, take one lead and touch it to a pin on the XLR (or a ring on a TRS), and take the other lead and touch it to the other end’s corresponding pin.  On a XLR balanced cable, the positive and negative connections are pins two and three, respectively. Pin three is the middle pin. On a TRS balance cable, the tip is positive and the ring is negative. Connect the probes to both positive contacts and check the resistance reading. Then connect the probes to the negative contacts and check again for a zero reading. If all goes well, the meter will range out to zero or near-zero ( 0 ). 

If you don’t get any reading, that means somewhere along the line, you got a busted wire.  Make sure to test ALL pins (or rings) on the cable to ensure that it works, or that you know which part is the problem.

While a cable tester may be “faster”, a multimeter can do HUNDREDS of things that a cable tester cannot, and can be even cheaper than a cable tester depending on what model you get.  And, you can use it to test for everything from bad capacitors to seeing which wall outlets are good to even testing any kind of battery out there! All with the same device.

Multimeters are the live sound technician’s multitool… almost more important than any Gerber or Leatherman.  And, even if it is a cheap Chinese Ebay meter, it will serve you well and should always be the FIRST thing you grab before going to a show!

A guide to help you memorise…


Mnemonics

Mnemonics are an easy method of remembering a sequence of words.
For example, if you want to remember the planets in order you can use this mnemonic:

                   My                  Mercury

                   Very                Venus        

                   Easy               Earth

                   Methods        Mars

                   Just                Jupiter                                    

                   Speeds          Saturn

                   Up                   Uranus                          

                   Naming          Neptune

                   (Planets)        (Pluto)



Acronyms

Acronyms are another easy method of remembering a sequence of words. For example, if you want to know the seven characteristics of life you can use ‘Mrs Gren’ which stands for: Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion & Nutrition.


Flashcards

If you want to remember vocabulary words, dates or anything of that sort you can write the word/date on one side and the definition on the other. You can use actually flashcards or online flashcards.
If you’re using normal flashcard, I recommend putting a ring at the top so that they all stay together in one place.
If you want to use online flashcards I recommend:
Quizlet (computer) (app store) (play store)


Voice Recording

You can record your own voice and listen to it while you’re doing anything. The more you listen to it the more it will help it stick in your head.


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