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The TC is just fine - simple big knob with a nice action and you won’t notice any problems.

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What Bob said. ^^^
It's the ideal tool for the job you want to do.
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Arpangel wrote:After all this talk I’m regretting ordering my TC, sounds like passive is verboten from what you all say! :D

You're really not good with decisions are you? Or technical descriptions, come to that... :lol:

A passive controller is absolutely fine when used appropriately. And inherently compromised when not used appropriately.

Your application is an appropriate use for a passive controller, and hopefully you can be trusted to install it correctly as previously advised. :ugeek:

The alternative is a well-designed active controller and that's going to cost you £200+ as a minimum....
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Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Arpangel wrote:After all this talk I’m regretting ordering my TC, sounds like passive is verboten from what you all say! :D

You're really not good with decisions are you? Or technical descriptions, come to that... :lol:

A passive controller is absolutely fine when used appropriately. And inherently compromised when not used appropriately.

Your application is an appropriate use for a passive controller, and hopefully you can be trusted to install it correctly as previously advised. :ugeek:

The alternative is a well-designed active controller and that's going to cost you £200+ as a minimum....

Thanks, I’m using short leads, as I said, so it should be OK.
I know it’s not a good idea, but there are Youtube reviews that have said it sounds very good, more transparent than the Mackie for instance, but who knows, I’m sure it’ll be fine.
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Arpangel wrote:Thanks, I’m using short leads, as I said, so it should be OK.

Yes, it should.

...there are Youtube reviews that have said it sounds very good, more transparent than the Mackie for instance...

I was very disappointed with the sound quality of the original Big Knob (I haven't listened to the later models). I found it a little noisy and veiled... but PW thought it was fine and used one for years very happily...
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The original Big Knob is active, isn't the one discussed up-thread the BK Passive?
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Sam Spoons wrote:The original Big Knob is active, isn't the one discussed up-thread the BK Passive?

One could say 'floppy'. :D
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It's my age... :blush:
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Sam Spoons wrote:The original Big Knob is active, isn't the one discussed up-thread the BK Passive?

I've lost track... but it's hard to imagine a comparison with a passive BK involving comments about a lack of transparency. But I could see how that comment might be levelled at an active BK, and especially the early ones.
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Both BK's were mentioned early in the thread with the discussion moving towards passive controllers later.

WRT my possible DIY job*, I'm trying to get a schematic drawn out and was wondering what app you used to draw your diagram? All the ones I can find for Mac seem to either be general drawing apps or for PCB design (or hugely expensive and/or complicated).

* Costed out at around £65 but if I can make it work I have some DT4P toggles switches, a large knob and a bucketload of XLR and phono sockets so just need a box, stepped attenuator and a bag of suitable resistors which ebay will provide for the princely sum of £36.56. That said a Big Knob passive would pretty much get the job done for £65 and save me the hassle :blush:
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Sam Spoons wrote:...was wondering what app you used to draw your diagram?

Coreldraw. Straightforward vector drawing program.

That said a Big Knob passive would pretty much get the job done for £65 and save me the hassle :blush:

So often the case! Unless you want something particularly unusual a commercial product will often work out less expensive than a custom DIY job.
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Still pondering, the features on the BKP are almost spot on :-

Stereo balanced input - (X32 control room outputs)
Stereo unbalanced input - (Logitech BT receiver)

Stereo balanced output - (Quad 522/Kef 104bAs)
Mono balanced output - (Avantone Mixcube)

Volume control
Input switching
Output switching
Mute

BKP features not required on custom box :-

Mono (output 2 is mono)
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