Archive for September, 2016

New cables for a temporary replacement mixer

30/09/2016 Leave a comment

Just last night, one of my colleagues told me that the Mackie mixer belonging to a client of mine has issues so it must be sent for repair. Unfortunately, the client needs the mixer for an event today. So we search our store and the only mixer that we have available is a Behringer Xenyx 802. But unfortunately, the Mackie mixer has XLR balanced outputs and the Behringer only has unbalanced 1/4″ outputs. So how do we solve this?

Simple. I asked my colleague if they had any DI boxes in the store. She said that we have a single DI box. So what I do is to make a XLR Y-cable and a couple of 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone jacks. I had some spare plugs and XLRs left over so they would do nicely. The way it is going to be connected is:

  1. 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the unbalanced output of the Behringer mixer
  2. The other end of the 1/4″ to 1/4″ TS phone plug cable will be plugged to the input of the DI box
  3. The output of the DI box will be connected to the XLR Y-cable
  4. The two outputs of the Y-cable will be plugged into the existing XLR cables

This is the only way this is going to work. Meanwhile, I have to make sure we have a proper mixer with a balanced output. Unbalanced outputs like the one that Behringer has is not gonna cut it these days


Indonesian gamelan gongs at Malay Heritage Centre

29/09/2016 Leave a comment

While passing through the Malay Heritage Centre a couple of weeks back, I happened to come across this gamelan orchestra that was playing there. In case you guys do not know, gamelan orchestras hail from Indonesia and the music is pleasant to hear, especially when those gongs are struck. I am just sad because I missed the preformance and I waited a while longer to see if it would begin again. Sad to say, they had finished and their instruments were only for exhibition. No worries…there will be e next time

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A nice, chilled gin and tonic after a hot day

28/09/2016 1 comment

Years ago, I used to remember my dad coming back home after a hard day’s work and always pouring himself a very diluted whiskey in a tall, highball glass. Just the other day I did the same with a gin tonic. I can tell you that it really tasted good after a hot day out in the sun. I am far from being an alcoholic…but sometimes, a pick-me-up like a nice cold gin tonic will work wonders for you…as it did for me.

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Denon DN-MC6000 does not work with Serato DJ

27/09/2016 Leave a comment

I have always liked this Denon DN-MC6000 and at one time I was seriously thinking of buying it. It oozes Denon quality, is made of metal and is just reliable. But here is the shocker…well…not really a shocker as I should have known better.

About three weeks ago I was doing a party. One of my co-DJs had an issue with the Serato SL4 box that he plugged into. So he borrows a controller that one of the other DJs was using. Imagine his horror when he found out that this controller could not be detected by Serato DJ! Apparently, the DN-MC6000 MK-II is compatible with Serato. The other co-DJ was running on VirtualDJ and this controller works just fine with that…not with Serato DJ unfortunately

So there you have it folks. I was also asked this question fairly recently about the younger brother of the DN-MC6000 which is the DN-MC3000. That does not work with Serato DJ either. There are lots of these controllers up for sale online. Just be forewarned that they do not work with Serato DJ.

Lovely night-time shot of The Fullerton Hotel

26/09/2016 Leave a comment

I was waiting for my bus the other night, a bout a week back, and I happened to glance at the adjacent Fullerton Hotel. It looked really good and I thought I would snap a picture of it. Not bad for my crappy phone camera…it caught it in all its glory! This hotel was at one time a post office when it was first built but since then, it has been turned into a hotel…and a grand hotel it is too. I think this shot of mine of the hotel is lovely and I was glad to be able to take it and share it on my blog

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Lynn N Dough otak bun average at best

25/09/2016 Leave a comment

So I bought this supposedly “gourmet” otak (fish paste) bun for breakfast a couple of days ago. Paid above the average price for it I admit. To be honest, it was nothing to praise about. Sure, the bread was softer but in my opinion, too soft. I have tasted better I admit, But after all, it was breakfast time, and I was hungry…so beggars cannot be choosers. Given a choice, I will steer clear of this next time.

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Holes near manhole covers are dangerous

24/09/2016 Leave a comment

That is precisely what I faced a couple of days back. I was crossing the road and I stepped into this manhole cover. As I was wearing slippers, the edge of the hole caused some deep scratches to my ankle. The hole was pretty deep and later, I took a picture of this hole next to the manhole. This is quite dangerous and I sincerely hope that the Public Works Department, or whatever it is called now, will do something about it

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