Recent content by jeffsw6

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    Follow up to my PA Mains thread

    Don't forget that you can rent more/bigger speakers if you have not-small wedding gigs come your way. If your pricing is in line with typical DJ or sound reinforcement rates for weddings, which are way inflated (for good reason) compared to many other kinds of events, renting speakers for these...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    You could prefer other brands and slightly different feature-sets than the Soundcraft, and spend a little more or a little less. As I mentioned, once you know which of these five consoles is best for your application, you have basically defined your feature requirements, and are free to branch...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    I have no clue what the old way was in the lighting world, being pretty much a newbie. I have learned some clever-sounding old school techniques on this web site. I am very much used to my almost-any-color LEDs and I don't even know how many PAR cans or gel colors I would want if I had to give...
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    Follow up to my PA Mains thread

    That's why I qualified my remark by also saying ... "most" program material has a large enough crest factor that, unless you were using a compressor/limiter on the mix with misguided settings... I don't know how to explain that to someone with only entry-level knowledge, and if the OP already...
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    Follow up to my PA Mains thread

    Those things are terrible, I am glad you decided not to invest money in them! You certainly could do better, these are entry-level speakers. Since that is what you want and are limited to by your budget, honestly, I think these are okay speakers for the price. I would not suggest using them...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    Keep in mind that we're talking about entry-level work. If you have a big gig and a big crew, the labor isn't an issue because you have a budget for it and you need extra labor for all the "just in case" stuff. Also, the monitor engineer typically has more work to do recalling mixes from crib...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    If you are doing entry-level work with stage change-overs, you really need a stagehand to mic instruments and singers, and possibly re-patch the stage, move the wedges around to match up to the oncoming band's needs, etc. One stagehand has to keep moving to do this in the time it takes a small...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    For one act shows, you can certainly be in the same ballpark; but if you have multiple acts to sound check, it takes more crew, more time, more channels, or substantially worse recall accuracy to change the stage over from one band to the next. I can do that quickly with an 01V and a crib sheet...
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    So... Analog or Digital

    I suggest you buy it from a dealer with a good return policy, "just in case." I have read postings by dozens of StudioLive 16 and 24 owners on PSW, and there are a fair number of users who hate it / have returned it. This is not a good ratio given that they already decided it should suit their...
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    Control/Dimming Please help my band select a DMX controller

    I suggest you send your click track to a DMX controller (or PC) with an audio input for chase/sequence advance and set your lighting based on the click track. You could use a 2-track system with lighting cues on one track and IEM cues on the other if you wanted; or you can setup the DMX system...
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    Speaker Vs Instrument (Guitar) cables

    It depends on what type of insulation is on the cable. That is why I say TPE will burn and MHSA-approved cables won't. Copper is copper, but there are many different kinds of insulation. This really isn't a cut-and-dry yes/no. It is a case of, anyone using a 22AWG instrument cable as a...
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    Speaker Vs Instrument (Guitar) cables

    Well, if you are making that as a blanket statement about all electrical cable insulation, you are wrong. TPE will burn readily. Most cables with an MHSA approval for use in mines will not. Consider also that the cable may be in contact with other materials that could ignite. Since you are...
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    Speaker Vs Instrument (Guitar) cables

    Most things will ignite if you get them hot enough, including electrical cable insulation. This is why cable insulation has a design temperature rating that should not be exceeded, and why you must de-rate conductors in high ambient temperature environments, depending on insulation temperature...
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    Speaker Vs Instrument (Guitar) cables

    For the same reason that a 1000w PAR can won't melt a 16awg extension cord -- the RMS draw through the cable is insufficient to actually damage it or cause a fire. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. Of course, a typical 22AWG instrument cable is intended for 1 amp or less, and will melt...
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    Speaker Vs Instrument (Guitar) cables

    Do musicians ever unplug their guitars before the channel/rig is muted, and produce a popping sound through the PA? If you think that could be a way to get your bosses to approve funds for guitar cords, I suggest these handy cables with special Neutrik connectors: GBNC-SILENT also available in...