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 11 
 on: Today at 10:22:28 am 
Started by Aaron Maurer - Last post by Scott Helmke
SCTV in the day, brings back memories.  They still are running?  Remember the gag with the engineer that would lift the lid on the switcher (I think it was an Intergroup) and his lunch was inside?  They also did a skit with a Michael McDonald look alike singing background vocals on a dozen songs or some such thing.  Funny shit.

The TV show has been gone for decades, but the Chicago-based comedy empire continues.

 12 
 on: Today at 10:21:54 am 
Started by Fraser Moffatt - Last post by Debbie Dunkley
Hmm - thanks so far, everyone. Much to consider here.

I'm running the AUXes pre-fader.

Most of the time we're running the Behringer XR stage box mixer with an iPad controller. Passing the iPad around for each member to tweak thier own mix sounds like it could be a disaster given that there has been reticence to even TRY the the smart phone personal mix option! Sometimes I run the Presonus 16.4.2 (original version) but is unstable when I invoke wireless control. I suppose I could train each guy to manipulate thier own mix but I bet they'd still lean on me to do it for them. Musicianship issue maybe. Technologically challenged, more likely!

Now, I've got a four channel headphone amp in my studio rack that I rarely use (Samson S-Phone). Could this be an analog alternative to the smartphone app since there's a "more-me" cue mixing capability on this amp that can be run in conjunction with the main mix input into each channel on the amp (main mix for all channel in plus individual AUX in on each channel of the headphone amp, controlled by PAN). Seems like I would need to set up each AUX mix only once on the board and then let each guy tweak the VOL and PAN control on the headphone amp to thier own liking when and if they want.

This solution would seem to keep some semblance of an individual mix for each guy, keeping it simple for the user and way easier to manage for me.

The Samson might work for you. Of course the guys won't have as much control as with their own mix but try it if you already own it  Give it a go and see....

 13 
 on: Today at 10:14:35 am 
Started by Fraser Moffatt - Last post by Fraser Moffatt
Hmm - thanks so far, everyone. Much to consider here.

I'm running the AUXes pre-fader.

Most of the time we're running the Behringer XR stage box mixer with an iPad controller. Passing the iPad around for each member to tweak thier own mix sounds like it could be a disaster given that there has been reticence to even TRY the the smart phone personal mix option! Sometimes I run the Presonus 16.4.2 (original version) but is unstable when I invoke wireless control. I suppose I could train each guy to manipulate thier own mix but I bet they'd still lean on me to do it for them. Musicianship issue maybe. Technologically challenged, more likely!

Now, I've got a four channel headphone amp in my studio rack that I rarely use (Samson S-Phone). Could this be an analog alternative to the smartphone app since there's a "more-me" cue mixing capability on this amp that can be run in conjunction with the main mix input into each channel on the amp (main mix for all channel in plus individual AUX in on each channel of the headphone amp, controlled by PAN). Seems like I would need to set up each AUX mix only once on the board and then let each guy tweak the VOL and PAN control on the headphone amp to thier own liking when and if they want.

This solution would seem to keep some semblance of an individual mix for each guy, keeping it simple for the user and way easier to manage for me.

 14 
 on: Today at 10:12:51 am 
Started by Fraser Moffatt - Last post by Debbie Dunkley
Hey all - I did some searching/googling for this but didn't find a straightforward answer.

Looking to find out how to send a single mix to multiple IEMs.

I've got a digital board with six AUX outs for mixes.  Each of us are using IEMs (a couple wired, a couple wireless - Behringer P1 or Shure PSM300 systems and a Rolls PM50 for the drummer). But as a musician/singer running the PA from stage, I`m getting overwhelmed with managing everyones individual mixes and levels. The "Golidlocks Syndrome" -  multiplied by 5 musicians -  is driving me nuts and affecting my performance and sanity! 8). It also seems too much to expect each of the guys to manage thier own monitor mixes from a smartphone app, which my board is capable of. So, looking for the most dead simple alternative.

Before IEMs, we were OK with using a single mix thru the wedges daisy chained from a single AUX out and I would like to regress a bit back to that but use the IEMs as well - I just don`t see how that works at the moment!

Any suggestions as to how to accomplish this? My initial thought was a single wireless transmitter into multiple wireless IEM receivers. Is this doable? Suggestions on brands/models? Is there a non-wireless method that would accomplish the same?

You say you think it is too much to expect each member to control their own mix yet you have been  expected  to do that for everyone else  - or at least you have been doing so.
When each member has only his own mix to control, things become quite easy actually as each person has only one mix to think about at any time. Most times, once each mix is dialed in, it stays that way because very little adjustment is necessary through the show and often from show to show. This is mostly due to the fact iems are not affected as much as wedges due to room acoustic changes etc (movement of audience members in and out) . Also, if someone turns their iem up, no-one else hears it so the 'more me' wedge monitor battle doesn't happen.
I agree with the others that you shouldn't use one mix for everyone - in iems, this would not work well. If you have the ability to let everyone mix themselves, which is sounds like you do - then I say use it.

 15 
 on: Today at 10:11:55 am 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by Nathan Riddle
Um, the Yellow Pages ;) ?

With all the Hurricane codes, Florida should be crawling with them.

When interviewing firms, ask if they've done any Display/Exhibit type work before.  Back at my former Structural firm, we used to have a running account with a Booth Manufacturer.  Even indoors, they had to be certified for a certain "wind load", as well as the obvious gravity/stability issues.

Dave

Okay thanks, I think that was a small disconnect for me. I was worried about calling up a structural engineer who has zero experience with anything like this. I want people experienced with the craft so that I can learn from them and so that they do things correctly for the type of work.

There are plenty of resources for the use of wire rope and its accessories (hint).  JBL has (or had) a good resource paper on suspending loudspeaker systems.

The "book" on rigging is "Entertainment Rigging" by Harry Donovan.  It covers a lot more territory (primarily arena rigging) but is strong on the fundamentals that are shared by all load-suspending & lifting tasks.

I'm pretty sure I've read the JBL one, I've read some material, I know a decent amount. I took statics in college and did well, fairly easy calculations really. So I can visualize loads and calculate them as necessary. I think I was looking for a bit more, and I think I might have found it :)

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Using wall plates is what I meant by "Many tasks are so straight forward you don't need an engineer because you can use suitable products right out of the box".  If you know enough to not anchor the plate into wall board you're probably up to the task.  ;)

I've hung my fair share of pictures for my wife, that counts right  ;) :P

Makes sense, unless I'm attaching I-beam clamps and flying line-arrays in the 250+lbs I'm probably okay. Or attaching hundreds of pounds of weight to wooden trusses I'm also okay.

 16 
 on: Today at 09:45:07 am 
Started by Mike Sokol - Last post by frank kayser
Sure UPS will ship it, you just won't want to pay the dimensional weight surcharge.
Dimensional rates will kill you.  To fit my broken M/C fairing, I put two bicycle boxes together. 20 lbs total.  Shipping from Md to Cali was $250 each way, regardless of the amount of insurance - for a $450 repair.

 17 
 on: Today at 09:40:58 am 
Started by Fraser Moffatt - Last post by TJ (Tom) Cornish
Hey all - I did some searching/googling for this but didn't find a straightforward answer.

Looking to find out how to send a single mix to multiple IEMs.

I've got a digital board with six AUX outs for mixes.  Each of us are using IEMs (a couple wired, a couple wireless - Behringer P1 or Shure PSM300 systems and a Rolls PM50 for the drummer). But as a musician/singer running the PA from stage, I`m getting overwhelmed with managing everyones individual mixes and levels. The "Golidlocks Syndrome" -  multiplied by 5 musicians -  is driving me nuts and affecting my performance and sanity! 8). It also seems too much to expect each of the guys to manage thier own monitor mixes from a smartphone app, which my board is capable of. So, looking for the most dead simple alternative.

Before IEMs, we were OK with using a single mix thru the wedges daisy chained from a single AUX out and I would like to regress a bit back to that but use the IEMs as well - I just don`t see how that works at the moment!

Any suggestions as to how to accomplish this? My initial thought was a single wireless transmitter into multiple wireless IEM receivers. Is this doable? Suggestions on brands/models? Is there a non-wireless method that would accomplish the same?
I don't think downgrading to one mix will solve your problem, and it will probably make it worse, as now everybody has to agree with each other.  Also, sharing a mix is much harder to do with IEMs than with stage wedges, as you won't hear the stage wash which tends to already have a little "more me" based on the person being physically close to their own instrument.

This sounds like a musicianship issue to discuss with your band.

How do you have the auxes setup?  Are they pre-fader?  They should be.  Can you put your mixer in the middle of the stage and have each person adjust their own mix on the board?

 18 
 on: Today at 09:35:08 am 
Started by Fraser Moffatt - Last post by David Simpson
This can technically be done with a single transmitter and multiple receivers, as you describe. Also, there are many hardwired headphone amps that have multiple channels, if movement is not too much of a concern in your particular situation.

That being said, I really think you are setting yourself up for failure. IEM's are great for getting a more percise mix for each band member. The second you try to make one mix fit all, I think you fail before you begin. I just do not think that is a practical set up. One mix per musician is the standard for a reason. People have different needs sonically depending on their hearing, where they are at on stage, and what they need to hear in their mix in order to play their best. To do this all while playing yourself, I think just makes it all the more impractical. 

~Dave

 19 
 on: Today at 09:31:01 am 
Started by Tamar Ghobria - Last post by Tamar Ghobria
My rig consists of:

(4) Danley TH-118s
(4) Danley SM-80s (4 ohm)
(2) Powersoft K20s non dsp
(1) Allen and Heath Qu 16
(1) Ashly Protea 3.6

Application is mostly Dance Music, EDM, Hip Hop Etc....I would be setting the current draw on the amp to not pull more than 20amps from the wall, Most venues we work at do have standard outlets....looking at the specs the amps are pushing more than the speakers are rated for....So the question is what is the best way to set my gains? Turn the amps down? Set the limiters on the Allen and Heath? Set the gains on the Ashly where I have sep control of the master gain in addition to the highs and lows? Setting the current draw will limit the amps somewhat but I want to be able to make sure I don't damage the speakers...Thanks in advance

 20 
 on: Today at 09:13:19 am 
Started by jesseweiss - Last post by jesseweiss
I don't see the logic here.  The Alto is the lightest, smallest and at 299.00 the most affordable.  What financial issues require you to buy something larger, heavier and not a good sounding?

I get no interest for 2 year credit card offers in the mail every week...
The Alto's are actually slightly heavier than the DBR10 and I'm not sure there is much size difference, the DBR's are also rated at higher SPL. Yes they cost more but Yamaha has a 7 year warranty and I have had reliability issues with the 2 TS112's I have and they have a much shorter warranty.

The other issue is I don't get zero percent interest offers every week and this is for my band, not for a Pro Sound company, so it's literally out of pocket rather than a business expense. As such, having 4 years to pay off the cost difference, rather than paying interest or paying out of pocket, is relevant in my particular life situation. I'm glad it's not in yours, but we all have different lives.

I can wait until the money is there and just get the Alto's from Mike, my tax refund comes soon, but I was hoping to have them to use soon as well.

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