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Title: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: Twenty8 on January 26, 2020, 07:07:07 PM
The time has come for me to take out my UA5s.
I own two Oade mods: one Warm+ and one ACM+

Current/former users of the UA5:
What are a few caveats to their use (besides power polarity)?
What are some things I need to look out for?  The do's and do not's.

I am sure to read up on the quick and dirty on their dedicated threads, but what should I know/what can I learn from your experiences.

They will be run as follows: beyerdynamic mc950 > Oade mod UA5 > Tascam DR680mkii at two TAB shows at The Civic Theatre here in New Orleans next weekend.

Thanks for any info on the sensitivity knobs with hot mic outputs, monitor level info (I don't monitor), and the output knob level in front of the deck.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: anodyne33 on January 27, 2020, 09:16:01 AM
I used one for many years. The only 'getcha' I remember is remembering to hit the phantom button each time you power up, right kids?
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: Twenty8 on January 27, 2020, 08:00:38 PM
The information I am having a hard time finding is on the sensitivity knob settings for each mic and the output knob.
My ASSUMPTION is that I should turn up the sensitivity and drive the mics analog before they make it to my deck.

In combing through old threads, its difficult to find usage recommendations.  In part, yes; in parcel, no.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: yug du nord on January 27, 2020, 08:46:16 PM
If I remember correctly, the output knob only affects the analog output.
It does not affect the digital output.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: kuba e on January 28, 2020, 04:55:11 AM
I think the output knob is only for the headphones.  You can easily try it. I also think the monitor button has no influence. It works only when you are connected to the computer via usb. I remember I switched on the Lo-Z button too. If you are using the digital output there is ADV switch in the rear panel for sample rate 96 kHz. And as Anodyne said don't forget the phantom button.

Have a fun with ua5. I like it. I was using it with microtrack recorder.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: kindms on January 28, 2020, 12:48:15 PM
If you have a tablet or even a smart phone it will ouput to usb if you want to go that route

I used to feed it direct to my laptop.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: kuba e on January 28, 2020, 03:27:52 PM
Great idea Kindms. It's look like UA5 can work with Android system, see here https://www.extreamsd.com/index.php/products/usb-audio-recorder-pro (https://www.extreamsd.com/index.php/products/usb-audio-recorder-pro)
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: Twenty8 on January 31, 2020, 04:44:53 PM
Mission aborted... for now.
While adaptaplug "M" works with the unit, I need an "N" to power it with the 9v dc 5525 of a Talent Cell.
Gee whiz.
Not a big thing, but I was looking forward to running a W+ night one and an ACM+ night two of TAB here in NOLA.
Would have been a good head-to-head with my MC950s.
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: willndmb on February 07, 2020, 09:15:58 PM
The clip light came on “low” which was a good thing imo as it meant you still had about 3db of room
Ended up getting a svu though, still have that as it’s a sweet box for when you need it
Title: Re: Current/former UA5 users
Post by: J.Maye on February 26, 2020, 05:11:08 PM
It's easy to hit the power button by mistake closing a bag or something, so I have a 1/4 plug in the headphone jack so it doesnt get turned off by mistake.