Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Big Secret Project: Before

...Photos taken, however, after my department (and others) had done an awful lot of prep work:See that tall object in the corner? It's a "skyscraper" rack, about 15' tall. They don't make that kind. But we do.

Here's a different angle on a (mostly) empty room the size of a small-town High School gymnasium (starships are big!):

Last but so very not least, a close-up of another "skyscraper" rack, a kind of scary jungle-gym for adults. Dont try it at home! (Please note it is bolted to the wall and floor. Here at the Manhattan Engineering District, we're careful. -Ish


Anonymous said...

Good Lord, that's big! And, unless I miss my guess, it's not a standard telecomm rack, either. Can't wait to see what y'all put in it.


Anonymous said...

Pics of a big rack that's not safe for work? Trolling for google hits?

Alan said...

I always thought Roberta had a big rack.

Now we have the pictures to prove it.

Anonymous said...

Unistrut is your friend. Or the toy for those of us who never outgrew the Erector set. (and no, I'm not talking about viagra popping seniors).

Sucks when you have no choice but to run sound and data parallel to power, but sometimes there's no option. Nicely done. Now you need a genie lift to work on it.

Some of that looks vaguely like repeater circuitry- this for wireless over wired mics?

Turk Turon said...

I know! I know!

You're gonna rack-mount a Cray.

Roberta X said...

Mad props to Og for catching the Unistrut that ties the racks to the wall about 2/3 of the way up. Unistrut(etc.) Is Your Friend! Mine, too. It made a huge difference in the stability of the rack.

...Which is a pair of deep, standard cabinet-type racks, stacked, seen from the side. They're about 30" front to back. That's why they don't look standard.

As for what's in the one shown in detail, it's all wireless: wireless mic receiver (seven), wireless intercom for the floor/camera crew, and multiple channels of wireless "IFB" (program audio which the producer interrupts on a per-person basis to give information to the on-air talent). The lower space is reserved for computers doing various cool things. There's a small forest of antennas on top, everything but the wireless mic receivers, which use multiple remote antennas.

Turk Turon said...

OK, I'll say it:

"Why, that's the biggest rack I've ever seen!"