Tip & How-To about Vortex Optics Vortex Fog Chiller - Fog Duct Attachment for Cold Fusion

Cold fog

Go on line and build your own fob chiller, just load it with ice and it will keep your fog closer to the ground.

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Our Antari Ice low lying fog machine is warming up (light goes green), however when you press the controller to produce the fog, nothing comes out. The fan is working, but no fog coming out. Any urgent assistance would be appreciated. Thanks Gill


check the fluid pump's output. you may have have a clogged or kinked supply hose to the pump or in the copper tubing from the pump to the heater. Also, check the power to the pump. if it's not the pump, then you have to consider a clogged heater block. This is common if the machine is not cleaned before storage. That's about all that can go wrong on a fog machine other than the switches on the controller. Good luck!

Oct 17, 2013 | Antari Ice Low Lying Fog Machine +

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MUFFLED SOUND, STATIC FEEDBACK AT HIGH VOLUMES


Check the sound in the headphones... It may be your power amps are giving out. MAKE SURE the interconnect cables are either XLR or TRS cables (balanced line). Make sure your power amps and the mixer are ALL powered from the same receptacle OR power conditioner module. You cannot power the amps from one end of a building room and the mixer frrom a wall receptacle at the other end. The building ground bounce can not only cause noise, but can destroy sensitive input circuits of the equipment.

Jul 09, 2011 | Mackie 2404-VLZ3 Mixer

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Even with the output turned to maximum the fog is thin and dissipates quickly. I have followed the cleaning instructions within the manual and I am still having this problem. What else could cause this?


A common problem is the use of the WRONG fog juice. Make sure you use the manufacturer's suggested product. Make sure you have the correct voltage. Use of a very long extension or attempting to run on a dimmer box also would cause the problem.

Jun 16, 2011 | Elation New Elation Ice 101 Low Fog...

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HISS from Numark DM1200 mixer. Not present in speakers (self powered) when mixer off. Using XLR cables with telescoping ground lifts on each line. Monster 3500 power filter. Ideas?


All interconnected equipment MUST be powered from the same receptacle or source. The XLR to the speakers should NOT have ground lift. The power for the mixer should come from where the speakers are and be routed alongside the XLR cables. All the other connected items should also be powered by the same source. The ground bounce within a building cannot only cause noise, but can rupture the input circuits of equipment. As an electrical engineer I don't know why manuals supplied with the equipment doesn't go into this more. The professionals at the big venues all know this as they have had to pay to get equipment repaired.

Now to get down to "hiss" once you get the other stuff straightened out, there are two things to know at the start: The first is that due to the statistical nature in electronics "noise and hiss" are among the laws of physics that we can't completely get around. The level of the hiss should NOT be objectionable however. The second thing is that proper level setup is important to minimize the effects of noise and hiss. You should be sending the levels to the powered speakers at near full line level into the line inouts, never mic inputs that some have. Using excess gain at the speakers will amplify any noise pickup on your audio lines. Next, at the mixer, try to keep all the level controls around 10 to 2 0'clock for rotaries and 70% for faders. Excess gain at certain stages will cause hiss to be objectionable.

Mar 19, 2011 | Numark DM1200 DJ Mixer

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