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Shane Bonham

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100' four channel snake
« on: October 06, 2009, 12:57:43 pm »

I'm continuing my investigations on how to free up some space on our little (but extremely portable) Mackie CFX-12. My latest big idea is to run our 3 wireless mics (which wouldn't require monitor support) into a cheap little mixer like this:

http://bit.ly/18R92H

and then run that into one of the (seldom used) stereo channels on the Mackie. The problem now is that we only have an 8 channel snake. I'm wondering if there is anything available in the way of a 100' 4 channel snake with no returns. I've searched around a bunch but haven't found anything. Does this sort of thing even exist? My alternative would be to get something like this:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Horizon-Concert-Series-100--16-C hannel-4-Return-Stage-Snake-336680-i1129161.gc

but that will immediately add ~$500 to a project I'm trying to keep rather inexpensive. We would definitely grow into a bigger snake, so it's still an option.

While I'm at it, can I assume that it would be a bad idea to just not use a snake and place the wireless receivers back at the sound booth, which is maybe 50' away from the stage with bodies in between?
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John Fiorello

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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 01:27:29 pm »

What kind of wireless mics are you using?

I don't think it's unreasonable to say "hey mate, that's what they're made for"



There shouldn't be any reason your wireless mics (sans words like nady, behringer, etc printed on them) couldn't transmit 50'.



Have you tried it yet?  That would be the first place to start IMO.



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Shane Bonham

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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 01:44:23 pm »

They're all Shures. I guess I'm just worried that there might be more interference back at the desk, and that having bodies in the line of sight between the receivers and the stage might introduce problems. But you're right, may as well try it and see what happens.
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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009, 02:55:38 pm »

Shane Bonham wrote on Tue, 06 October 2009 13:44

They're all Shures.



Give it a try and see what happens.  Do you know what kind of "shures" they are?  They make a whole bunch of them Smile


Depending on the model, you probably have balanced 1/4" outputs ready to go.




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Shane Bonham

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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2009, 03:25:41 pm »

Two of them use the PGX4 receiver:

http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/WirelessMicrophones/u s_pro_PGX4_content

One uses the UT4A receiver:

http://bit.ly/4dgXsX

I am pretty sure they all have 1/4" outs.
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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2009, 09:22:34 pm »

Shane Bonham wrote on Tue, 06 October 2009 17:57

I'm wondering if there is anything available in the way of a 100' 4 channel snake with no returns. I've searched around a bunch but haven't found anything. Does this sort of thing even exist?


Just pick up 4 100' XLR cables...
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Mike Stahly

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Re: 100' four channel snake
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 04:16:50 pm »

Mike Sessler has a good blog on making your own snakes. A whole lot less than $500. http://www.churchtecharts.org/?p=906 Any length snake you want and good for lots 'o different projects.
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Re: 100' four channel snake
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