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AMPS Accredited Cable Clinic is back!

Saturday, 27th January 2018 – Saturday, 17th February 2018

 AMPS is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 4th Cable Clinic
                         starting Saturday 27th January 2018.

The Cable Clinic is a 4 day course that will take place every Saturday for 4 weeks at the NFTS in Beaconsfield.  The course will be run by Jim and Mark McBride.  Jim has been involved in the sound industry for many years and was part of the Oscar winning sound team for the film ‘Gravity”.  The clinic is open to anyone involved in the sound industry.
Each participant will receive as part of the course fee the following:
  • A basic tool kit and soldering station for fault finding and cable making
  • A collection of cables that are made during the 4 day clinic
  • An AMPS accreditation that you can put on their CV
  • Printouts for reference of radio mic connector pinouts and other common plug and cable wiring data.

Here is the planned itinerary:
Day 1:  "Because it has the right plugs doesn't mean it's the right cable"

An introduction to how cables may be wired differently for different uses. We will discuss difference between 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm BNC for video and antennae connections.  Explanation of balanced/unbalanced, and how cables are wired differently.  Participants will be asked to start a notebook of their own diagrams to show different wiring conventions.  There will be an introduction to soldering and the basic toolkit required.

Day 2:  "Making Cables"
This will be a practical session where we'll start with the technique of stripping cables in preparation for fitting plugs then preparing the plug to be soldered.  The tutor will demonstrate the basic soldering process and discuss regulations regarding use of lead free solder.  Participants will leave with practical work to be carried out at home.
Day 3:  "Cable Clinic"

After inspection of the cables made by participants at home there will be some discussion and further demonstration of technique. We will be particularly concentrating on more intricate work such as fitting the miniature plugs used on personal mics for use with radio systems. Participants will be given more practical exercise to be completed at home. We will then discuss how to choose which kind of cable to use and why we use screened and quad cables. We'll discuss why choosing the right cable is important for interference rejection on audio feeds.

Day 4:  "End of the line?"
We will discuss how to ground certain cables and why we may sometimes terminate the ground to the plug casing and the different methods used.  We will discuss how phantom powering works and the principles of quad cables and use of twisted pairs for interference rejection. Participants will also be shown basic fault finding procedures and basic electrical safety.  We will particularly look at electrical safety on set and safe working practices.  There will be a final inspection of participants work and those successfully completing the course will receive an AMPS accreditation.

 Each day will start at 9.30 am and finish at 4.30 pm. Lunch will be provided. The course fee is £300 for AMPS members and £400 for non-AMPS members.
You may be eligible for funding from Creative Skillset.  Please go to the link below for information and to apply.

To book your place please email with your name and contact details
Best regards
AMPS Training sub committee


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