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 21 
 on: Yesterday at 09:39:55 pm 
Started by Terry Tarpening - Last post by Terry Tarpening
You want to avoid the 1:10 transformers because thatís going to change your level significantly.  Thatís what was being referred to as the problem with using a DI.  Something like the whirlwind iso 1 would be better because itís intended purpose is isolation and balancing not taking an instrument output to mic level.

Thanks Iíll look into that!

It appears the ISO 2 can do both outputs of the P16-M in one box.

 22 
 on: Yesterday at 09:24:59 pm 
Started by Terry Tarpening - Last post by Erik Jerde
Then itís sounding more and more to forego the P16-M and settle with the app and bass preamp or amp adjustments onlyÖ..can you give examples of ISO transformer? Iíve looked they have input and output ones, Jensen transformers etc. Also there is a 1/4Ē TS male to 1/4Ē TRS female converter with built in 1:10 transformer (canít attach photo apparently) that Sweetwater actually suggests on their website when searching TS vs TRS. Do not know what I should be looking at?

You want to avoid the 1:10 transformers because thatís going to change your level significantly.  Thatís what was being referred to as the problem with using a DI.  Something like the whirlwind iso 1 would be better because itís intended purpose is isolation and balancing not taking an instrument output to mic level.

 23 
 on: Yesterday at 08:56:30 pm 
Started by Justice C. Bigler - Last post by Justice C. Bigler
Just talked to a friend of mine who was out on tour with Lauren Alaina this summer. He and a couple other people have tested positive after being fully vaccinated.

It will be interesting to see if the extreme measures that the Broadway League is taking will have any affect on the virus transmission rates for touring productions.

In the words of one famous philosopher, "I've got a bad feeling about this".

 24 
 on: Yesterday at 08:54:52 pm 
Started by Terry Tarpening - Last post by Terry Tarpening
Well, not quite: the line/aux switch selects been +4 dBu and -10 dBV (i.e. the difference between a pro audio line-level signal and a consumer audio line-level signal), which is just less than 12 dB. Even on the -10 dBV setting a mic-level signal is going to be pretty quiet.

-Russ

Then itís sounding more and more to forego the P16-M and settle with the app and bass preamp or amp adjustments onlyÖ..can you give examples of ISO transformer? Iíve looked they have input and output ones, Jensen transformers etc. Also there is a 1/4Ē TS male to 1/4Ē TRS female converter with built in 1:10 transformer (canít attach photo apparently) that Sweetwater actually suggests on their website when searching TS vs TRS. Do not know what I should be looking at?

 25 
 on: Yesterday at 07:47:40 pm 
Started by Terry Tarpening - Last post by Russell Ault
{...} As far as the line level vs mic thing, the Shure has line or mic adjustments on the back of the unit.

Well, not quite: the line/aux switch selects been +4 dBu and -10 dBV (i.e. the difference between a pro audio line-level signal and a consumer audio line-level signal), which is just less than 12 dB. Even on the -10 dBV setting a mic-level signal is going to be pretty quiet.

-Russ

 26 
 on: Yesterday at 07:41:50 pm 
Started by JohnPinchin - Last post by JohnPinchin
As an update to my original post.    I bought a pair of Sennheiser EW-D systems with 945 capsules.

Part of my decision to get these over the shure is the 945 being my first choice for lead vocals.

So far I've done 6 gigs from pub bands, medium functions around 300 people and a small festival 500+ in the crowd.      The mics have performed flawlessly and sound great.  The setup is quick and easy and using the app to scan for frequencies and sync the mics has so far been great.   

Really happy with my choice and will probably add another couple of systems in the next few months.

 27 
 on: Yesterday at 07:15:58 pm 
Started by Scott Wynne - Last post by Bill Hornibrook
Frequencies don't have to be subsonic to give you that whole body shaking experience. Contemporary music - especially modern hip-hop - often has frequencies in the low to mid 30s, and that will do it if you have the subs to reproduce it.

Several years ago I built 21" subs utilizing B&C 6"vc drivers which have been great for DJing outdoor festivals, but most of my gigs are indoor clubs - where they have caused more problems than not. Glassware vibrating off shelves, pans falling to the floor in kitchens... probably the worst thing that's happened was when a bag of flour fell off an upper shelf and struck a chef working below. I still hear about that one from people who worked in that club.

I'm currently in an outdoor venue on Saturdays. Frequencies that low travel right through walls. There's a Fairfield Marriott a block away, and even though I'm not running that loud they've complained numerous times about low frequencies entering the hotel. After a couple of visits from the local police, I've had to brickwall at 45hz - completely eliminating any advantage of running 21" subs.

Over a year ago Art helped me out with port dimensions for B&C 18" subs. I didn't build them because I was unsure if I was even going to do anything after lockdown, but that's changed - big time.
I've just got to get off my butt and build them. They'll serve me a lot better than the 21's on the vast majority of my gigs.

 28 
 on: Yesterday at 06:25:14 pm 
Started by Terry Tarpening - Last post by Terry Tarpening
If that works for you (and you don't mind making adjustments with an app instead of with knobs) then this is almost certainly the easiest option. Unlike some more recent products, the P16 series wasn't really designed with wireless IEMs in mind.

Another would be to keep the PSM300 TX near the P16-M (instead of in a rack), which is probably fine if you're the only person using wireless IEMs (and the P16-M isn't near any wireless instrument RXs) but it's not a solution that scales very well.

As for "how far is too far" for an unbalanced line-level signal, there's really no good answer since it depends a lot on the circuit design of the devices involved (ClearCom, for example, is unbalanced, yet a properly-designed system will happily run over hundreds of feet virtually noise-free). In your case the easiest thing to do would be to get some 30' cables and give it a try in a variety of environments. If you do run into noise problems it's likely that a pair of ISO transformers at the P16-M would solve them, but you might run into problems using DIs instead (which tend to have mic-level outputs).

-Russ

Thanks.
I built us an IEM rig so weíre all on IEMís. Iíd have to keep the P16-M on top of the rack, next to the FOH mixer and go back and make my adjustments. Rack has no room left for extra gear. Only thing I know left to do if I donít prefer using the app etc.
i didnít say before but I have two setups, amp with cab, pedals and DI,  and a pedalboard with bass preamp, other pedals to go ampless on most gigs. Iíd have to have the P16-M back and forth between these setups so the easier thing is to just keep it at the rack. As far as the line level vs mic thing, the Shure has line or mic adjustments on the back of the unit.

 29 
 on: Yesterday at 06:22:05 pm 
Started by Radoslaw Andruszkiewicz - Last post by Luke Geis
I would argue that straining your voice to sing louder is a potential long-term problem, but it does have a solution. MANY so-called singers are perhaps really good but lack any formal training and regular practice to actually be great singers. This lack of training and practice makes them work around their problems. One such horrid " vocal saving " technique is the MJ whisper singing crap that became popular. I know many great singers that would use this trick to save their voice during the crap shows so they could kill it at the big shows. The problem is that you perform as you practice, so when the big shows came they would go flat, get pitchy and still tear their throats up. In the meantime, they are fighting a losing battle in the crap shows with monitoring.

Get some vocal training and you can learn how to sing with power and not tear your throat apart.

The first time I heard a real opera singer I was blown away!!!!! She started warming up and the whole room was moving, I could hear her as if she was in my ear and I was on a balcony 75' away. She filled the room with her voice to the point where the orchestra needed to be amplified to keep up with her... And she didn't complain about a torn-up throat. To say WOW was not even close to enough, it was truly otherworldly. Go see an opera if you want to gain a new respect for the power of the human voice. They don't use microphones, and they don't need them.

So get vocal training, and work within the confines of the environment. If you have crap to work with, it means you have to do more work on your end to make what you have be able to do anything. The big thing I always tell bands that keep snowballing the monitors is that this isn't your show, the monitors are a crutch to suckle your insecurities. Use as little as needed to do what you need to do and give the guy at FOH every chance to sell you to the crowd. When feedback is an issue and you still need more, it is generally because of unreasonable expectations, not operator incompetence. Once the operator is painted into a corner, he is stepping on wet paint and tracking it everywhere to get himself out.



 30 
 on: Yesterday at 06:09:20 pm 
Started by Justice C. Bigler - Last post by Tim McCulloch
"We" have 6 Broadway shows scheduled, plus our summer stock company decided to move to year-round productions.  We still have a symphony orchestra, too.

I had my 2nd Pfizer dose in April.  I've said before I feel vaccinated, not immune.  I've been wearing a mask indoors, unless I've got a lot of distance between myself and others.

The resurgence is why my IA Local has let employers know we expect them to have PPE at hand and have "strongly suggested" they review their Covid-19 procedures and policies.

And that said... I don't care about spraying the door knobs or wiping down the hand rails.  This is gonna be about how trucks are unloaded, how working pods will be done, and zoning of venue areas, etc.  Screening at entry, distanced catering, split breaks and meal times between departments...

Even for the vaccinated, the shot did not mean "return to normal" so long as there are vulnerable hosts to support new infections long enough for additional mutations to emerge.

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