New rack with GCX & GCP...

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goran
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New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by goran » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:07 am

Hi,
just wanted to share some pictures of a new rack I built for Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth.

/ Göran
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Göran Elmquist
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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by ncapeci » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:52 pm

hey dude beautiful rig. few questions...how do you like the g90? how are you using xlr cables as mono guitar cables (like how did you solder them)? where did you guy your snake/if you made that snake, what kid of cables did you use and what did you use for the "tubing"? thanks for any help!

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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by goran » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:23 pm

Thanks!
The G90 is awesome. It's the best consumer wireless I've heard.
I custom made a patch-box for the board. The XLR cables are XLR3 for audio, volume pedal (1=shield, 2=hot, 3=not in use). The other are for MIDI, tap tempo, remote Wah-Wah, 9 VAC etc, they are XLR7. I have my business in Scandinavia so the brands I use are Klotz cables for audio and Ethernet, same quality as Mogami or Belden. Do a search on "Expandable Braided Cable Sleeving" and you will find to buy that in your country.

Good luck,
G
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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by ncapeci » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:51 pm

Thanks for the response! huge help.
so just a little clarification.. you use XLR to for power and MIDI data? is there a different between XLR (like a mic cable) and XLR7?
Sorry if I sound like an idiot. I'm a 17 year old out of the U.S. and this forum is my lifeline to making my rig as nice as these! so thanks for the help

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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by JohnClark » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:41 pm

There are a few different "XLR" type jacks/plugs with each main variation having a different number of pins... for instance the common microphone connector is a three pin XLR. The XLR7 that goran is using is a seven pin XLR. I would guess that the main reason these connectors are being used is that they are locking connectors, which means the plug locks into the jack and the release button has to be pushed to remove the jack.

I hope that helps!

p.s. Opeth rules! Thanks for sharing you handiwork goran!

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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by goran » Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:42 pm

Cool, good question.
Yes, like John points out - the MIDI output connectors today on MIDI boards are 5-pin or 7-pin DIN-connectors (like the GCP have).
The reason we use a patch-box (with XLR) is to make everything sturdier "for the road". This is something you don't need to have to make good music. For a band like Opeth, doing festivals, all cases and all cabling is over-sized.
Other artists I do work for put the GCP in their suitcase, use regular MIDI cables and are happy and successful.
"Travel light" is the reality today so try to not to make your rig too heavy.

/ G

ps. Thanks John.
Göran Elmquist
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Re: New rack with GCX & GCP...

Post by ncapeci » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:14 pm

thanks guys,
I've just never heard a MIDI called XLR7. But yeah i take my rig around the city and i just want two snakes. one running to my amp and one to my board.
Thanks again!

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