I'm about to spend some money on kit for our band in the next month or two and I'd appreciate your opinion. We want to be able to do pub and party gigs, and small festival stages. I've also got a plan for a 12v solar powered busking/mobile set up in the future.
We want to use wired in-ears.
We also want to do multitrack recordings at rehearsals and gigs.
We need to keep the setup really small and light.
The band plays live dance music, some of our own numbers, some covers of 90's classic house. Most tracks we use an Akai MPC to provide a click track which sends MIDI clock to an analog synth for acid sounds.
5. Vox 1
6. Vox 2
7. Vox 3
8. Vox 4 / Ambient mic
9. Bass guitar DI
10. Lead guitar DI
11. Akai MPC DI
12. Roland SPD-SX DI
13. Roland SPD-SX sub out DI (Kick drum)
14. Future Retro Revolution (TB-303) DI
15. Korg M1 synth DI
16. Korg Microkorg XL DI
The plan is to use a digital mixer on stage with a L-R feed for smaller gigs or a full set of splits to go to FoH for larger gigs.
I'm planning to use a Behringer X-32 compact or producer as the mixer - it seems to have all the features of the X-32 but 16 faders and mic ins instead of 32. Compact has bigger screen and led scribble strips, but producer is rack mountable.
Wired IEMs would be driven from the aux outs to Fischer beltpacks.
Recording is onto a laptop via the firewire/usb out.
For the inputs I'm looking at rack mounted DI's for the bass, guitar, keys, synth, sampler, drum sampler. Conveniently we need exactly 8 channels of DI. Bass and guitar will be DI only, no combos.
The 8 channels of DI would be patched into a rack mounted 8-way split.
The 7 mikes (4 drums, 3 vox) would go into another 8-way split. The last mic channel could be an ambient mic for live recordings.
The 8-way splits would be patched into the X-32 on one set of outputs, the other set would be connected to an 8-way multicore each coiled in the box for dragging out to a stage box if we have FoH.
I think it would be a pretty neat system - rack mixer case with 4u rack underneath which includes space for multicores. Should be easy to drag around and quick setup time. I've got to store the kit at home in our small place in Camden so small size is pretty important.
For a really mobile busking setup we could lose the acoustic drums, add a high-hat pad and a kick-drum pedal to the SPD-SX and use wearable mics. That means no mike stands and just 2-4 mics but still be a fully live band.
Behringer X-32 Compact (http://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_x_32_compact.htm
) - £2000 (Producer is not out yet - might be a little cheaper).
Behringer DI800 (http://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_di800_ultradi_pro.htm
) - £85
2 x 8-way mic splitter (http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tracks_eight.htm
) - £135 each = £270
8 x 0.5m xlr patch (http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_sssnake_sk233-06_xlr_patchkabel.htm
) - £3.5 each = £30
2 x 5m 8-way xlr multicore (http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_sssnake_sk4185_snake.htm
) - £25 each = £50
4 x Shure se-215 (http://www.thomann.de/gb/search_dir.html?sw=shure+se-215&x=-156&y=-92&gk=&bn=
) - £85 each = £340
1 x Fischer amps wired IEM bodypack for drummer (http://www.thomann.de/gb/fischer_amps_inear_monitor_bp.htm
) - £155
3 x Fischer amps mini bodypack (http://www.thomann.de/gb/fischer_amps_mini_bodypack_mit_lsregler.htm
) - £45
The drummer gets a click out from the Akai MPC which doesn't go into the desk which he can blend with the mix from the desk using the bodypack which I think will be really good for him.
Do you think the XLR outs from the desk through the Fischer mini body packs will drive the earphones properly? They are just pots I think, not active, no gain.
Do you think engineers on festival stages would be happy with us providing our own monitor mix? Would they be happy getting mikes on splits and DI'd outputs on two multicores like that? We'd be happy with the FoH mix in side fills to give some atmosphere on stage (or we could provide side fill mix from the X-32).
Is the Behringer DI800 acceptable for reliability and sound? I could get two Palmer PAN 08 (http://www.thomann.de/gb/palmer_pan_08.htm
) instead which would replace the DI800 and one of the 8-way splits for £500 but that is an extra £280 which I'm not sure is worth it. Although given the total spend is looking like £3k maybe it is. Can you think of a better solution for 8 DI's with 2 balanced outs each?
For smaller gigs - pubs, parties, we could run a stereo feed from the X-32 and give an engineer friend an Ipad to mix out front.
All opinions and help gratefully received.