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Tim Weaver

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Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:48:52 am »

Think you can do it? This is a thought exercise but I am seriously considering doing just that. I sold my last trailer a couple years ago! Typical mid-sized SUV. Think CRV, Forerunner, Explorer type.

System must include 4 monitor mixes, and be usable for a typical bar band for maybe a couple hundred meat sponges in the audience. Lets say at least 16 channels on the desk, headless is OK since we are all about saving space!

What gear would you use? How would you package it? What tricks to make load in/out easier?

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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 12:05:38 pm »

-Some flavor of rack mountable mixer that meets the channel count (X32 rack, UI24, QU Pac, etc) and suits the user's worklow
-DSR 12/15 for tops
-DSR 8 for monitors
-Danley TH-mini if subs are needed
-6/8U rack to hold the mixer, amp, and any outboard effects and wireless mics
-Handtruck with folding bottom plate

That all should pretty well fit in a modern SUV with the back seats folded, I was able to fit two dual 12" tops and a single 18" sub with stands, amps and mixer in my old Subaru hatchback. Probably could have weaseled a monitor or two as well in the back, and easily fit them in the passenger seat.
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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 12:05:48 pm »

I fit all this into a Honda Pilot for a 5 piece wedding band

2x SRX 718
2x SRX 712
2x Crown Itech 6000
2x Alto smx 112
3x qsc k-10
1x Allen Heath Qu-pac

 4x milk crates mic cables, speaker cables an all other cabling

 2x small brief case with random tools and accessories

Mic stands, speaker and light stands go into a Thule Roof Rack.
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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 12:43:16 pm »

I've had the following in a 2003 VW Polo:

2x 2x10" main speakers
2x 15" subs
4x 8" coaxial stage monitors
4U amp rack
Cables, stands, QSC TM16 desk

It's tetris in 3D, and it all packs quite tightly. The weight is about the same as having a couple of fat guys in the back, so not outside of the limits of the car.

That said, I don't do that any more - if the gig is big enough to need subs, I use a van and charge the extra.

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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 12:51:09 pm »

Honda Fit.
2- DXR12 tops and stands
1-DSR15sub
4-DXR10 monitors
Mics and stands
Cables, snake and cords
16ch analog mixer

No room for passenger.
The band was flabbergasted when I crammed it all in my car afterwards.
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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 01:34:11 pm »

Qsc ks112 subs and k12 tops. 
Behringer b212d monitors (surprisingly amazing)
Whatever rack mixer you like.
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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 02:09:36 pm »

I use DSR112's for mains, PRX815XLFW's for subs, and have a 10U molded rack with the mixer head (UI24R), wireless mic receivers, wireless IEM transmitters, and a guitar modeler (Fractal Axe FX III) all connected and ready to go. Speaker stands, mic stands, mics, cables, and a few small monitors just in case - add a hand truck and it still easily fits in a typical SUV. Tons of other boxes of comparable size that would work just as well.

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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 02:20:27 pm »

I like this discussion. One day I'm going to want to get rid of all the bigger stuff and come up with a compact sound system for old people. Powered speakers for sure, compact mixer, and power distribution, and cables in general, that are no larger than they need to be. (Goodbye 12/3 SOOW, I'm old so f off!) I'd like it to fit comfortably in a mini urban delivery vehicle like the Ford Transit Connect.

When I was a teenager I could carry most of a PA in Volkswagen Beetle with the rear bench and front passenger seat removed. I cut two pieces of plywood that fit in the steel frame for the bench to provide a strong platform and the whole rig was remarkably capacious. Lifting heavy stuff in and out through the passenger door presented less of a problem than it would today. Where's the aching back emoji?

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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2019, 03:30:08 pm »

I fit all this in the cab of an F250 Super Duty.

2-iQ10
2-iQ15b
5-TFX122M-AN monitors
X32 Rack in a 4 space rack
2 speaker stands in a bag
8 boom stands and 4 short stands in 2 bags
Duffel bag full of cords
Utility box with mics, Dis, miscellaneous adapters and router
2 bass guitars
Helix stomp and iX12 for bass rig

I do keep a tough box with extra mic cord and power cords in the bed, but I rarely need to get into it.
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Re: Challenge: Build a full band system that can fit in an SUV.
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 04:22:06 pm »

Think you can do it? This is a thought exercise but I am seriously considering doing just that. I sold my last trailer a couple years ago! Typical mid-sized SUV. Think CRV, Forerunner, Explorer type.

System must include 4 monitor mixes, and be usable for a typical bar band for maybe a couple hundred meat sponges in the audience. Lets say at least 16 channels on the desk, headless is OK since we are all about saving space!

What gear would you use? How would you package it? What tricks to make load in/out easier?

Hit me!
this is what i use: note that all of this fits in a BMW 3 series Wagon/station car

2x 15" subwoofer (1 on each rear seat, see picture)
2x 12" top. (stacked in the middle rear seat)
4x PROEL WD10AV2 active monitor (2 on the front seat, 2 in the back)
1x soundcraft Expression 1 in dedicated flightcase
6HE Amprack (Without wheels offcourse)
1x small flightcase for XLR cables
1x small flightcase for Power/distro
1x Xsmall flightcase for Speaker cable.
1 toolbox for Mics
1 toolbox for Di's & spares
all mic stands in the foot area of the rear seats

see attached pictures
« Last Edit: August 13, 2019, 04:24:49 pm by Joris Jans2 »
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