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Bryce Bloom

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Re: Best way to mix band in-ear and house system
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2018, 11:40:24 am »

Bottom line:  The rest of my band is ready to switch to in-ears to gain control of monitors after multiple venues with dead drivers, lack of monitors, etc etc.

We play a lot of shows with 2 or 3 bands on the bill.  A decent amount of the time we are the "headliner" and the stages are small so its full gear swaps (I use that term loosely but for local shows it is what it is). 

I am trying to run through my head if I could use my X32 rack and a splitter snake or something to easily tie into a house system.  I imagine for this to work well and ensure the same mix we would need to always bring our own mics etc?  I can see how we would tie our rig into the house existing snake.  My question is when it comes to multi band gigs though, I guess if they fit within our footprint it would be fine, but one band last night had 8 members and definitely would not fit in our footprint.

Curious thoughts on how or if I can make this work with minimal extra set up on our band (usually we are last on for the night so stage swaps have to be fast), but I also dont want a crazy headache for the FOH guy.  I run FOH probably 40ish times a year, but the only bands that have fed me a split have been the only band playing that night.

Wanted to get thoughts on this.  Venue gear ranges dramatically from analog with tons or outboard, to some digital guys etc etc.  Some are also running the x32 as well, I could let them mix on the IPAD but not everyone is comfortable with that and for a walk in band, I would rather be on the faders and knobs to grab and go faster, just my opinion.

Looking for thoughts from both sides of the fence here, bands doing it, FOH guys that have walk in ear rigs showing up frequently etc.

Thanks and sorry for the long read.

Just joined this forum.   We've got the setup you describe.  We just put it together, and while we have some bugs to work out (I will be posting on that separately) I've done a ton of research and this is definitely the way to go.  We have an X32 rack, S16, 4 ART s8 splitters, and 3 12 channel analog snakes.  The snakes are in the rack pre-connected so we can just plop them down on stage and plug in.  That takes care of the inputs without a lot of cables.   Then there are two 16 channel fantails labeled up that we can hand off to the FOH.   

We first had a system like this a few months ago with an XR18 and we used it at a gig which worked flawlessly.  But we needed more channels so we upgraded.  At the time we were using P16's personal mixers, but as you can only mix 16 channels we are ditching those and going with ipads to control our personal mixes.   

To keep things a little lighter in the main rack we have a separate rack to hold our wireless IEM transmitters.  So at the gig we just need to connect up a couple of 4 channel patch cables between the main rack (X32 and S16 outs) to the rack that holds the wireless transmitters. 

I went back and forth a number of times trying to decide if analog splitters or trying to stay all digital (with SD8 or SD16 stage boxes) was the way to go.  But at the end of the day it comes down to how many outputs you have back at the rack - and while it's attractive to go with all digital input boxes around the stage because you just have to connect them with lightweight Cat5 cables, the issue we ran into is you have to have enough physical outputs to send 1:1 to the FOH.   That requires a significant investment i.e. 2 S32s to give you 32 outs from the rack (or you could run snakes from each of your SD8 stage boxes) - but that's messy and requires reconnecting every time.   Defeats the purpose.  Plus if you go with the digital route, the FOH loses control of your Pre's and then if you make changes on your system to gains it affects the FOH.  Finally, you may have to deal with routing issues between your IEM setup and the FOH's behringer board (AES50 assignments). 

So that's a very long winded explanation of why it is just far simpler to go analog with your splits.  No matter where you play, it's going to work and the FOH guy will understand it.   Oh and I wouldn't use a splitter snake.   You want isolated transformer splits - so go with the ART s8 units or something similar. 
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