I was thinking about this further today. I think seven drum mics could be used on four channels without too much compromise. Parallel three tom mics as I suggested earlier and also parallel two overheads. With the right resistors in the adaptor and matching mikes, I think even two phantom powered condensers will work in parallel.Steve.
I know that using a y-cord to combine sources is a no-no (y-cords are for sending one source to two places), but that's mostly because it can cause cancellation of low frequencies which isn't an issue with overheads.
I've never paralleled tom mics, but I parallel two condensers for overheads all the time with a simple y-cord and it works just fine. I know that using a y-cord to combine sources is a no-no (y-cords are for sending one source to two places), but that's mostly because it can cause cancellation of low frequencies which isn't an issue with overheads.
I wouldn't use a straight Y adaptor to combine two active outputs (e.g. from a mixer) into one without some resistance included to sum them together.I think I would prefer some resistance too if paralleling two condenser mics to help even out the current share and prevent uneven voltage drop, especially if the two mics were not the same. If one draws more current than the other, the voltage drop at pins 2 and 3 might not be enough for the other mic to work properly. However, in reality it's probably not much of a problem as the majority of condenser mics seem to be rated between 9 and 52 volts and it's normal to use two identical mics for overheads.Steve.
Most of the time, the 10" tom has a very level in the mains. But any toms >12" are, and sound great coming through the mains.
Quite existential thoughts, Colin .
Starting a small business with insufficient capital is the number one reason for failure. Second is a business plan. Using a U-Haul is not a viable plan and doesn't speak of any professionalism to your clients. It's fine if it's a hobby shop but not for a serious business trying to compete.
On the subject of tom mics, I saw a band last week. Outdoors, ~200 people. K10 for mains, a single sub at stage left.The drums had a kick and a single overhead. Sadly, the drum fills were really lost in the mix. BUT, this is a nine piece band, with two funk guitars, four vocals, and three horns. It's easy to lose things in that.Here's the crowd and venue from the show last week:https://www.dropbox.com/s/x28nsocwmv5e1fs/Photo%20Jul%2015%2C%207%2032%2023%20PM.jpg
I think using a U-Haul trailer is perfectly fine for what the OP is doing. It's especially smart not to tie up capital if they aren't sure how the venture is going to work out. And, I think bar owner's care more about the bar receipts than whether or not the band's gear showed up in a U-Haul.
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