On most desks, I drop a spare pack over a matrix, dial every IEM 'AUX send' into that matrix and switch sends off. Then if anyone's pack dies/get interference, quick switch of matrix "on" and hey presto, downed mix is now being sent to a new pack on a new frequency.Common practise.Now i'm just setting up an SD8 on the "offline" editor and I was trying to work out a more elegant option.Obviously going to matrix setup and settings inputs to the 'Aux Sends', job done. However this eats up matrix inputs, especially if doing FOH as well. With only 16 mono input options, that's only 8 IEM's.Is there a clever way of doing this? I tried setting up a IEM group, but quickly realised you can't send a Aux to a group.Is the best way simply switching outputs of the aux onto outputs of the spare pack?I guess you could do a snazzy snapshot/scope option, but you'd need to that for each IEM.Advice appreciated..
Put the spare IEM system on a free output en connect it to the rack. If you want to use it for a specific Aux send, just add the output ports to the patch of that Aux send and you're ready to go. More easy than changing things in the matrix mixer I think.
On most desks, I drop a spare pack over a matrix, dial every IEM 'AUX send' into that matrix and switch sends off. Then if anyone's pack dies/get interference, quick switch of matrix "on" and hey presto, downed mix is now being sent to a new pack on a new frequency.Common practise.
Make a macro for each person/send that assigns the spare transmitter to the aux output of that send. You can assign the macro to the "F" keys on the keyboard if you want to keep the real macro butttons for other stuff. Remember to take the aux output out of the recall scope.
im currently touring with an SD10 but i think the 8 has the same feature. create a mix called spare and then tap the top of the output strip and the copy mix from box should pop up. We always copy the artist mic into it after souncheck to keep it current but at any point in the show if you lose an iem just tap the top copy from the mix with the issue and your good to send out the spare beltpack. i use the matrix to route the cue, talkbacks, shout, mixes, comm, to the various tech mixes.
My personal favorite is just to know what socket your spare system is in and patch it as necessary. I find it just as fast as having a "spare mix" you copy to if not just a little faster. I leave it patched with my star mix and can then repatch as necessary. For what it's worth, in two years and change with the same artist in configurations from 6 musicians to 13, I've assigned someone to the spare system once. Still, it's there at every single show to make sure we're always covered.
How many mixes are you doing?
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