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Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:11 pm
by FabN
Hello,
Had the same kind of issue with mine. It was one of the two symetrical voltage that failed.
Fixed by changing the voltage transformer.
My desk is 20 years old, appart from changing the input voltage transformer and potentiometers, is working like a charm, so far!

-FabN- from France

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:49 am
by swrbassamp
Hi! I have the same mixer. I wanted to connect it to the computer via interface, to use it for some home recordings. When I connected it I couldn't see if there's any signal sent. I am not currently using any monitoring, so I cannot hear if there is anything sent, but when I turn the mic channel on I can see no lights showing signal flow, except when I press the pfl button, then it seems to get the signal and shows dynamic range and reacts to Gain. The Phantom power is on, all the connections seem to be right, cables as well, so I have no idea why there's no signal going through, unless the pfl button is pressed...

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:39 am
by ef37a
swrbassamp wrote:Hi! I have the same mixer. I wanted to connect it to the computer via interface, to use it for some home recordings. When I connected it I couldn't see if there's any signal sent. I am not currently using any monitoring, so I cannot hear if there is anything sent, but when I turn the mic channel on I can see no lights showing signal flow, except when I press the pfl button, then it seems to get the signal and shows dynamic range and reacts to Gain. The Phantom power is on, all the connections seem to be right, cables as well, so I have no idea why there's no signal going through, unless the pfl button is pressed...

What is the make and model of the interface?
Which DAW are you using?
How exactly is the mixer connected to the interface?
Surely you at least have headphones?

Dave.

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:38 pm
by shufflebeat
As Dave says, a few more questions before answers but also, there's (sometimes, depending on model) a little purple "channel on" button at the top of the fader which is often the cause of such issues.

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:59 pm
by Sam Spoons
I've had a couple of Soundcraft desks over the years and, as Mr Beat says, they both had an 'on' button instead of a 'mute' button. I found this pretty confusing at times. It would have been much easier if they had stuck with convention and had 'mute' buttons :headbang:

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:03 pm
by OTE2020
''The desk is old, bought brand new in 1993 so it has long outlived it's expected lifespan, and so I expect that the problem is that it has just hit the end of it's life, but I just wanted to check first as money is very tight for me at the moment, (typical musician :P ) and it would be great to not spend money on repairs that don't work, or on a new desk that I don't need.''

Lets be honest that bloody amazing ! There is a company called top hat electronics that have fixed some old kit of mine before at a very fair price & turned around without a couple of weeks, might help :) ( https://www.facebook.com/tophatelectronics if allowed to post - i have NO connection to this company for the record, just used them & had a super service from them)

Keep it alive ;)

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:17 am
by shufflebeat
That post was from the original (pre-resurrected) part of the thread but, to be fair, it was pretty amazing then.

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:41 am
by James Perrett
Well I'm still using a 1981 vintage MM mixing desk for the occasional gig and the main studio desk was made in 1991 (as well has having a couple of others from the late 80's) so many mixing desks have a habit of lasting quite a while.

Re: Fault on a Soundcraft Spirit Folio Mixing Desk

PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:22 pm
by shufflebeat
James Perrett wrote:Well I'm still using a 1981 vintage MM mixing desk for the occasional gig...

I have a vague memory of something Seck-like with MM on it, is that the one you mean or am I over-remembering?

I actually have one of the the Spirit SX desks stashed away in a hermetically sealed SKB case waiting for the time when it becomes vintage.