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Is there such a thing as "recalibrating the board"?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by zachoff, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Dude that was supposed to record us yesterday said he had to cancel because he had to "re-calibrate the board"... Is this real or were we pretty much tossed aside? I betting on the latter. I've recorded a few times and haven't ever heard of such a thing. It's cool though... Got in a sick day snowboarding at Vail instead. :D
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What kind of board? Seems like a crock to me.
  3. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Even if it was a real thing, which I don't believe, why wouldn't he have scheduled it when he was already planning on your session.
  4. dave_p


    Dec 20, 2005
    Back in the day we would 'zero out the board' which means you would make sure 0db on the board matched 0db on the tape machine and so on and so forth. We would do it every session. So yes that's a lame excuse. It's pre requisite to a session you have all your gain stages set and everything matched as far as level metering goes.
  5. LiamCohl


    Jan 29, 2005
    Toronto, ON
    I've definitely had to deal with more than just zeroing out the board from time to time, going through the internals with an oscilloscope to get everything working properly is just part of whats required to keep things working well. No large piece of electronic equipment, analog or digital is going to go through its whole working lifespan without the need for servicing. At least couple times every few days on the Neve 80 series I used to work with a pre/EQ needed replacing, and thats only accounting for the easily swappable modules on the surface, theres a whole lot more going inside there than is visible, hundreds of 1272's inside those things that cant be adjusted by any easy to reach external pot. Having recorded a few times is far from being a studio tech who actually maintains that kind of gear.
  6. Nagrom


    Mar 21, 2004
    Western Canada
    So there you have it... your dude either had to suddenly do deep internal gear maintenance, or he blew you off. Look into your heart-of-hearts and you shall see the true answer.
  7. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    He probably spent the time getting his wristwatch cleaned and calibrated. Maybe a new watch spring put in. :bag:
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    What...is he still running tape? I know the old tape recording heads and rollers had to be cleaned and calibrated from time to time.
  9. Certainly lots of maintenance that needs to be done on certain equipment. You'd think, though, that it would be scheduled for a different time than set recording, unless he had a sudden issue with it.

    Could be legit, or an excuse. How do you really feel about it?