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What person built preamps into the snake.

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Riley Casey:
All kinds of things 'seemed like a good idea at the time' in the early - mid 70s. Coming from the days of say doing sound for the early folk music groups, think Peter, Paul and Mary it's easy to imagine why someone would think that preamps on stage where a good idea. They would have been pretty shocked to discover that dynamc mics on screaming rock n roll vocalists could put out half a volt. Clearly that kind of thing didn't come back around til active mic splits appeared but hell I used to think that carrying JBL 4560s and 2350 radial horns into small bars for bands and getting a cut of the door seemed like a good idea. Thankfully that business model didn't last long.

--- Quote from: Brian Jojade on May 01, 2024, 05:40:11 PM ---Preamps built INTO the snake just seems like a nighmare of potential problems.

I can see why having the preamps on stage to have a higher signal level traveling down the snake, but if that were the case, a rack of external pre-amps would seem like a much better solution.

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John Roberts {JR}:
There are a small handful of major sound companies that might have experimented with a primitive stage box. There is a benefit to putting the mic preamp closer to the mics, but the huge downside is difficulty varying the gain from FOH. One solution was to use only modest fixed gain in the front end, slightly worse for S/N but better for preventing overload in the middle of the show.

Nobody made  one that got traction and persisted. Today with digital consoles and digital gain control it would be relatively easy to make one that overcomes the technology limitations of several decades ago.



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