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Tim McCulloch

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Re: Advice sought
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2019, 10:19:22 am »

Many of the places you'll be presenting will have some kind of portable or installed sound system available.  What they will not have is a competent operator or the exact wireless microphones you'll likely need, and possibly lack a mixer or playback device (CD player, etc).

I suggest that you concentrate on 2 things:  first the presentation itself; you need to have your own microphones (I suggest an "ear set" mic for each you, leaving your hands free to things besides holding a mic), a little mixer of some kind, and whatever device you desire to play back the recordings.  The second thing needs to be a compact speaker system that you can physically manage (lots of choices, but better speakers are the key to easier use of wireless mics, trust me).

You'll always need your mics and playback no matter where you go.  You'll need the speaker system for those places that don't have something suitable available.  If you're presenting in spaces that are larger than your system can handle and in which there is no existing system, have your local sponsor hire in what is needed as part of your appearance contract.
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Re: Advice sought
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2019, 07:04:23 pm »

Hire vs own.  Well, if you decide to purchase everything on your own, 100% of the costs of the gear, labor and any maintenance of that gear are on you.  You're now responsible for hiring the staff, ordering replacement parts, etc, etc.  If this is not a full time tour, where you can pay someone a full time wage, hiring reliable staff is going to be a nightmare that you're not going to want to deal with.

If you work with a production company, or multiple production companies, then all you'll need to do is tell them what you want and when and where you want it. Now it's on them to source the gear and staff to make it work.  If a company isn't working out for you, then you find another one.

When you hire a production company that also does other jobs, that means that the expenses of gear and back end work can get spread across multiple clients vs you having to fend for yourself.  When your tour ends, the production company then continues on doing jobs for other customers to recoup the gear costs.  If you buy it on your own and your tour ends early, now you're still on the hook for the gear.  Resale value of used tour gear tends to be very disappointing.

Now, if you're working with multiple production companies, sometimes there are particular pieces of gear that are important to you that can't be rented. ie, if you like a particular type of microphone, maybe buy that so that no matter the production company, your mic is always the same.  If you can keep the amount of stuff that you bring along in the size of carry-on luggage, you can more easily travel across the country vs if you've got to get a truckload of stuff a 30 hour drive away in 12 hours.
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Re: Advice sought
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2019, 05:01:09 am »

As everybody has said above. Buy a small system for when you only need to cover a small space. There are plenty of solutions out there are many price points, find one that fits what you need.

A note on presentation. Paragraphs make it much easier to read what you are trying to say and you can split up different ideas.
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