Hello Gang!I have a question and I'm hoping you guys can help me. I'm a 40-something drummer, and I've just moved back to town and am re-vamping our practice space. I built a bunch of bass traps and on Craigslist hunted down all the gear we need. New (to us) mics, power amps, monitors and mixer. The Mixer, an Allen and Heath GL2200 is amazing. We're using the inserts to send pre-fade signals to two daisy-chained firepods so we can record the whole band live, make demos, listen, repeat. We play all-original material and we don't practice often, so a good demo of last weeks run-through of the new songs are good to listen during the week so we're prepared for the following week. Too much info, I know, but that was our goal, and as of last night, everything worked!Except for one thing I don't know how to do. I can't seem to find and easy answer online so I've come to you guys.I want to use a Lexicon MX200 to add reverb to the live sound in the room. Currently we have the GL2200 set up to Monitor mode, but correct me if I'm wrong.1. If I want to make reverb from one channel the MX200 available across all 16 channels of my Mixer, what mode should I use? Gathering what I can from the manual, I believe I CANNOT insert the Lexicon to use on more than one channel of the Mixer while in Monitor Mode. Is that the case?2. If not Monitor Mode, what mode should I use? Dual (FOH and monitor) or Front-of-House? 3. How, on the GL2200 do I connect the Reverb unit?Sorry for the newbiness. Help me Obiwans, you're my only hope.If there's a good source with a step-by-step, please share.Thanks a ton,Chris
Hello Gang!I have a question and I'm hoping you guys can help me.
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a 15 or 20 year old analog board as amazing. Did you look at any of the digital kit when making this decision?
Are you using the Firepod 8's ? That would make me thing you only need 16 channels so with the cost of the Firepod's you are more than halfway to a number of rack mount digital mixers that would give you multi-track recording. Dynamics and parametric EQ on every channel plus effects.
Are you just splitting the channels to the recording interfaces?
What are you trying to accomplish with the reverb? When you say "monitor mode" on the 2200 are you talking about the mod that makes all of the aux buses pre-fader?
If you want to get the wet mix back into the recording then you need to explain your recording setup better but I would think you would be far better off adding the verb in during the mastering process as the amount of verb you want in the practice space would not correspond to what you need on the recorded product. Plus during mastering you will have access to far more types of reverb and compression.
Speaking of compression I can't imaging getting along without at least a couple of compressors for the groups and some additional compressors for channel inserts.
My opinion is you should sell the board, and the interfaces, take the $500 or so bucks from the sale and pick up a digital mixer. In a practice room using a tablet as a mixing surface is not as burdensome as live.
Yes, Amazing! Well, I love it, but I know nothing so grain of salt. From my view the GL220 is a rock solid performer in perfect condition (seller had it overhauled). As far as the space and our decision to go analog, we took the fork in the road early to augment what we had (in hindsight, most has been replaced). From there, it kind of grew like a bush taking over the yard. More or less in this order: Problem: Singers can't hear themselves. Answer (probably incorrect): $60 for 4 near-field monitors (Galaxy Hotspots)Prob: Feedback sucks, room doesn't stop ringing. A: Bass traps, DIY, $260 (Seven 27x30x6" panels, twelve 19" x 36" corner triangles).Prob: mixer we're using doesn't play nice with the firepod we have.A: GL2200Prob: PowerA: 2 Crown MacroTechsMics: Behringer SM58 knockoffs and some decent Shure drum mics, and a pretty good condensor mics. A: Beta 58s, E906 Prob: new daisy-chained Firepod won't play nice with GarageBandA: Logic…and so on… Now it’s a tree wanting to bud. I should have reached out to you guys sooner. As it stands we're an analog kinda band. All we want to do is have rock-solid amplification of what we amplify through the P.A. now. Vox, accoustic guitar, etc. Then, these and all the other mics/instruments (electric guitar, bass d.i., drum mics) run through the board and out to the Firepods. Works great by what I can ascertain at this point. Yes. With the GL2200 you should be able to do an internal adjustment to send the 'direct send' on the back of the channel out pre-fade (factory settings are post fade). I have a guy to do this for $75 (yes, he knows what he’s getting into, fixed my Crowns), but as we played with the mixer, we discovered that our TSR snake would send each channel to the firepod pre-fade/post gain adjustment. So that's how it worked Saturday night. So we're holding off on the modification. Here’s a question, because it’s post-gain, will this clash or overlap the gain adjustments on the FP? The 2200 has three modes, Monitor/FOH/Dual. Monitor mode switches the group faders to Aux faders and vice versa. If you want to send signal from multiple channels to the reverb unit you need to connect it to an aux send then return the output of the effects box to an input on the board. With my limited time on the GL2200, I gather I can’t do this in ‘Monitor Mode’. Is that true? If possible, I’d like to stay in Monitor Mode but I’m not sure how. Yes. Thanks. I think I get how to route the Verb through the mixer. Steve’s answer is so simple, I feel foolish for asking in the first place. The Rack Reverb I want to route through the mixer is exclusively for the room. Our singers are used to a little sweetening from our previous on-board reverb of previous/lesser mixers.Nice! This is the stuff I need to hear. Again, I wish I’d come here sooner. Kudos. So you’d use compression outside of Logic? I do like the idea of some good EQs in a digital mixer…Okay, is there a mixer out there that’ll be on par with the Allen and Heath? Am I an idiot for not embracing the new technology? If you were me (want nice demos), what units/makers would you look at.Thanks for dissecting my quandary Scott.Thanks for the concise answer Steve.I look forward to any more guidance you can share.Cheers!Chris
I have to admit I still am clueless. Are you using the 2200 only in the practice space? If you have the 16 channels of digital input are you just using the A&H to mix down for the practice PA? You didn't answer any of my questions about those topics.
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