Category Archives: Custom Creations

Custom Creations of Tour Supply’s Techs

Check out a sample of Playback Control by Tour Supply

Tour Supply has teamed up with Programmer/mad scientist “Viggy” Vignola to bring you Playback Control! We’ve created playback systems for dozens of artists including Aerosmith, Imagine Dragons, Chicago, Rob Zombie and many more! Our systems feature Digital Performer software and are rock solid – in regards to hardware, construction, and programming. We strive to make our systems extremely user friendly and very easy to operate. A footswitch starts each song for you, while you can view and cue up new songs on your integrated iPad. Set list changes on the fly? No problem…with our system you can easily adjust your set list at a moment’s notice. See http://www.playbackcontrol.com for more info or give us a call at Tour Supply – 1-800-933-TOUR(8687).

Playback Control – Fly rig & Touring rig

We recently completed this playback control fly system for one of our clients. They’ve had their touring rig out for quite some time but needed to get a fly system for one offs and such. We have the fly rig loaded into (2) 5 space racks inside Pelican 1620 cases. There is a 3rd rack for the drum trigger/sample system which is also in a 1620. Each case is less than 70 lbs and can easily be checked as luggage and secured with Pelican TSA locks.

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(2) 5 space racks incorporating Playback Control fly rig

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Playback Control Fly System (on the right), Drum trigger/sample rig (top left), Playback Control Tour System (lower left)

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Fly Rig, top of racks are carpeted which helps to level and stabilize the laptops

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Back of Fly Rig, rack A

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Back of Fly Rig, Rack B

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Back of Drum Rack – the drumkat incorporated into this system

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Viggy putting on the finishing touches – look at the focus!

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Chris buttoning things up.

Custom In-ear fly rig by Tour Supply

 

Skillet Playback – flyrig

 

 

 

Ok, not the best pic but you get the idea. It’s a playback system built into 2 pelican flyracks. These racks are 63 and 66 pounds. It’s a fully redundant system and has 2 Macbook pros + an iPad. See http://www.playbackcontrol.com for more info on playback built by Viggy & Tour Supply!skilletfly

How about a Pelican Pedalboard today?

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Wireless Fly-rig from Tour Supply

Here’s a wireless rig we put together recently for a client. This system contains Shure Axient for vocals along with the AXT600 Spectrum manager. There are 16 channels of PSM1000 and 16 channels of ULXD as well. Everything is networked together via Wireless Workbench 6 and able to be flown in our Pelican Flyracks.

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Networking your Shure Wireless Devices….wirelessly.

Today I had the pleasure of creating a wireless network for some Shure wireless devices. As confusing as this sounds, it can be even more confusing in reality. However, there are some simple steps that we went through that made it much easier.

First, what is this all about anyway? I was down at a rehearsal space with some clients today who are using Shure UHF-R and ULX-D systems. They wanted to network these systems together through Wireless Workbench 6 but did not want to run Cat5 cable to each rack. They preferred to set up this network wirelessly using Apple AirPort products. These are the steps I took to set up this network wirelessly.

First, we had an airport extreme at monitor world. We created a network ID for this called “Shure Wifi”. We could then plug the UR4D receivers (for vocals) directly into the ports on the back of the extreme. Next, we fired up one of the airport expresses and connected to it with a laptop. When it came on line, we chose to “Connect to my existing network wirelessly” and simply set up the express to extend the “Shure Wifi” wireless network. Incidentally, I gave the express the name “Shure remote1” and the same password as the extreme.

Once the express rebooted and had a green light, we plugged it into the rack – way stage right and went from the ULXD receiver in the rack into the ethernet input of the express. It instantly was recognized by WWB6 and everything seemed perfect.

Then, we’re going through the settings in workbench and the ULXD goes offline! Why? Nobody touched the rack, everything should be fine… Couldn’t figure it out. So we set up the next express (same as Shure remote1) but named this one “Shure Remote2”. We kept this one at monitor world and plugged a UR4D directly into it. Everything worked great and it was recognized by workbench immediately. In the meantime, our ULXD at stage right came back online then offline again a few times.

By this point, I was pretty convinced it was simply a range issue with the extreme. This base unit was hidden inside of a rack and, with no external antennae, just had an inconsistent connection with the express at stage right. This was further confirmed by the fact that the express at mon land never lost signal and the UR4D connected to in remained visible in workbench at all times.

There were a few more extremes to set up to reach each rack on stage. We moved the express from monitors to the closest rack at stage left. Then we set up 2 additional extremes between it and the one at stage right. Everything was very stable at that point and we never lost signal with any of the networked devices.

Setting a string of AirPort Express units across the back of the stage worked really well and I would generally feel comfortable going with this set up for this application. However, I can’t say that I would trust it 100%. There are better and way more expensive options for creating a wireless, wireless network. But the only way to be sure is to wire cat5 directly to each receiver.

It’s still good to know that this option is available. I’m sure many people will prefer this option to Cat5, especially if your ears and vocals are all hardwired and you only use the airports for instrument systems.

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