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DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby Evie McCreevie » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:40 pm

Can anyone point me to the above? There must be something online somewhere, but I have searched to no avail. Ta.
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:58 pm

There's a brochure here which probably tells you all you need to know to use it:

D-Series Brochure

DDA's schematics used to all be available online, but I can't see them anywhere at the moment.....

......Ah... Found them on the WayBack Machine! Download them while you can!

https://web.archive.org/web/20130618210439/http://www.ddaconsoles.com/

And here are the specific D-series documents:

D-Series User Manual PDF

D-Series Schematics PDF
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby Evie McCreevie » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:25 pm

Thanks Hugh! You're a star, as ever.
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:44 pm

:thumbup: Nice to know I still have some uses! :lol:
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby forumuser840717 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:49 pm

Sorry for the late addition to the thread. I've not been paying attention recently but if you get stuck with any D Series issues, feel free to PM me as I've owned and used D Series consoles since about 1989, still have a vague idea of what goes on inside them and would be happy to help if I can.

I sold my last big D Series a few years ago - a rather nice custom built 48:8:24:2 with 40 Theatre Inputs and 4 Stereo Line Inputs (all with P+G Faders), RTW 24 channel plasma meter bridge, DK Audio, Sifam Type 74 PPM, Sifam VU and Total Systems Phase meters on the master bus, all the optional output transformers and a bunch of mods to enhance the talkback, cue lights, and monitor section, lower the already good noise floor and crosstalk, and add things like machine control for several machines, dual PSUs via an automatic changeover, an expansion kit to add another 16 input channels in a separate frame, and a flight case. It was a lovely mixer to work with - and to work on - but I couldn't justify the ongoing storage cost for something I hadn't used in years and knew deep down that I wouldn't use again.

Several other largeish analogue consoles (including 48 input Midas H3000 and Studer 963, a 60 input DDA QII, a 56 channel DDA DMR12 and a 40 input Soundcraft B800) followed it but I still have too many bits of my mixer 'collection' hanging around! They look great and I do still like using them, if only for sentimental reasons but I'm older now and the appeal of lugging them around has waned somewhat. Also, next to modern digital consoles they're just dinosaurs that can't cut it in an age where dealing with 120+ inputs is increasingly normal and 200+ inputs isn't out of the question. But what kid (of any age) doesn't love a dinosaur!

When it comes to DDA bits, of the D Series stuff, I still have most (possibly all) of a small (16 module) Mk1 frame and a bunch of spare channels - Theatre, Standard and Stereo input strips, groups, master section strips, (however I'm short of rear-panel modules), ribbon bus cables, looms, PSU cables, blank strips and other mechanical and electronic parts, and some documentation on various non-standard factory mods that aren't in the normal manuals. I've been clearing out my storage and keep finding more bits of D Series hiding in the darker corners.

I also still have some Interface Series consoles, spares and parts - from whole, working mixers in various sizes, to empty frames and spare channels, groups, masters, cables and parts which I should probably go through.

Not forgetting a flightcased FMR, a semi canibalised Forum (parts donor to the FMR but might still be enough bits to make a working part filled frame) which I'd forgotten about but which came home last autumn to take up space in my storage rather than that of another forum member. It was fun to see it back and I'd love to think I might use it again but I haven't used a large analogue mixer for work in well over ten years and, realistically, it's just taking up storage space that costs probably more than it's actually worth these days! :frown:
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby cyrano.mac » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:45 pm

I would be very interested in parts for a DDA Interface.

I'm looking for a stereo channel. And if you would have some of the other, more exotic boards, like the digital input channel, I'm even more interested :thumbup:
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Re: DDA D Series Manual and Schematics

Postby Evie McCreevie » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:40 am

Thanks for your reply. Great to know there's help out there if needed. Cheers.
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