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“I came up with the XLR Sniffer idea way back in 1996 when I
was on tour with Rage Against the Machine as the Front of
House Engineer. It was a festival show and we are under a lot
of pressure to move fast, get the line check done and start the
show on time. Everyone is rushing around, time is running out
and when they get to lead vocal, I get nothing.
Uh oh, lead vocal mic is not working, so I shout down talk back
Clearcom lights up and the monitor engineer, Brian informs me
he has the same issue. I then helplessly watch as a stage tech
someone runs to the mic case, searches for another vocal mic,
changes the mic, calls me on the radio, I test it and "nope,
still dead". Then he dashes off again to grab and swap the mic
cable, and calls back again, "nope" then he disappears to start
some trial and error on the sub snake patching calling me again
and on and on.
Meanwhile the stage manager is losing his mind, management is a
sking me what the issue is, everyone wants to know "why are we
late? " and "how long will it be?" And Brian and I are trying
to test and get all the other things done that we need to deal
with before the show starts.
I was thinking, what if there was a simple way to troubleshoot
bad mic lines? What if there was a way that the stage could
solve the bad input without having to call me to answer "does
it work now?"
So after some pondering, a few trips to the electronics store
and a mess of wires and metal filings in my garage, I came up
with some tester units that greatly simplified the process of
troubleshooting bad mic lines.” - Dave Rat