expand to have a permanent solution. 16 channels will be plenty.
You need to use your real name in your profile, otherwise the thread will be locked.I'm confused, my screen name is my real name? What would I do differently?Which LS9? If you're not using the second layer, consider the MY16-AT card with a decent 8-channel ADAT mic preamp. Add another later if you need 16 channels.
It's the LS9-16, sorry forgot to mention that. So you think it's simplest to just get the card and run the wireless on the 2nd layer? My concern is that if someone who doesn't know how to use the stuff well needs to (I don't have control over the equipment since it's in a school) then they won't be able to figure it out. Whereas if the wireless are on a separate mixer it's a little easier since they can adjust sliders up and down at least.
Maybe put the RF mics through a shure AutoMixer ... in this case (16 Channels) a pair of Shure SCM-810 units would be slightly above your $2k budget. ~$1300/each You could have the two SCM units feeding a pair of channels (or a single channel if you cascade the SCM units) on the top layer of your LS-9. One fader for all of your wireless mics should be simple enough for most operators to get right. If you can purchase used, I've seen the 810 for as low as $350 locally on Craigslist. I've seen used Lectrosonics AM8 fairly cheap too, but those use EuroBlock connectors and you'll have to make a patch panel for it to be easy to patch quickly and often. There is a Peavey AutoMixer on eBay right now for $125, which might work for you too.
There was just an SCM<810 with XLR panel sold on EBay for under $400. I need 410's, so I took a pass, but it was a steal. If you can shop over time, there are definitely things out there for less than half the new price.
If it needs to be "stupid-proof" you need something that doesn't involve an LS/9.
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