Does anyone use POT?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by killr_b, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. killr_b macrumors 6502a

    killr_b

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    Does anyone use POT for potentiometer when they're on set or at work on a mixer?

    I just got into a huge argument with an audio guy about it. He said they are "slots" or "channels" if I like, but he'd never heard of POT?

    I know I'm right, but I want to know if the other pro's here run into these unschooled audio peeps a lot.


    Also, I know there is a thread of "best thread titles" and this is my toss in the hat. :D
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Thinking about it, just in general for electronics stuff, if I bother to identify them at all, I tend to call the twisty kind a pot, but the slidey kind a slider.

    Even more often than that, I tend to call any mechanical or electrical/electronic device or component a "thingy" (with a few descriptive adjectives), just because.
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    My prof in college used pot, so I learned pot, but I think pot might be more of an old school term. It's also short for a technical term so if the audio guy didn't have any formal education I doubt he would have heard of pot/potentiometer. It's kinda like saying "intervolometer" vs "time lapse" one is more technical while the other is more laymen.


    Lethal
     
  4. killr_b thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I can understand the easy to use vs. not so easy.

    This guy was in front of the audio board and I said open pot 1.
    I think he was mostly upset because he probably didn't have a formal education… and I made it obvious. Oops. :p
    Good point. ;)
     
  5. USMaC macrumors member

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    I tried it once, but I didn't inhale.

    (Someone had to post it)
     
  6. kylos macrumors 6502a

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    This reminds me of when my roommate came out of his room and announced dejectedly that he had smoked his pot. It turns out it was just a design fault in his project.
     
  7. ppc_michael Guest

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    Absolutely nothing wrong with what you said. The guy must not know a whole lot. I can't believe he wouldn't have heard that before.

    Everybody I work with knows pot (some actually even called it potentiometer), but they're all smart people.
     

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