# Professional Rig, equipment

#### stantonsound

##### Active Member
Since we talked about compression a little bit in another forum and it's importance with the punk/screamer vocals, let's talk about what every professional rig should have, at a minimum. This is mostly for music/bands, but please add in chorus, orchestra, corporate world, and theater.

I'll start. A good eq for FOH and a compressors to handle each vocal channel

EQ must be a 31 band.

#### soundlight

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For setup, a good RTA and test mic. Sure, your ears can go so far, but the RTA really gets the sound down. RTA should be 31 band.

#### audioslavematt

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Enough rig for the gig. Even the fanciest toys you can find are useless if you don't have enough power to get nice, even coverage throughout the venue.

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#### Eboy87

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I'd say some kind of DSP in the drive rack. I'd rather have everything in one box (with a few KT DN360's for those that still like to play with things). A dbx DriveRack or BSS Omnidrive would work wonderfully.

Also, GOOD MICROPHONES! Nady and samsung don't count. If I'm behind the console, and you give me a crap signal to start with, it ain't gonna sound any better even if I had an XL8 at FOH and V-Dosc in the air.

[Edit:] Wow, Andy pretty much said the same thing as me about mic's in the other thread.

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#### soundman1024

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The single most important thing is someone competent actually using the gear. Any rig could sound terrible.

#### audioslavematt

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There is (at least there was) a great program on roadie.net that would present you with a 31band eq and you would hear a feedback frequency. You would pull down the proper frequency and the ringing would stop, and go on to the next.

http://sft.sourceforge.net/ It helps if you have a nice set of computer speakers and a sub. Laptop speaker won't cut it.

#### soundlight

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That's simply amazing. I've been doing that for the past half hour. Luckily I don't have a roomate, or I'd be dead by now. For a while I wasn't hearing the 16k because my speakers don't produce it that well, but then I was able to pick it up after the second or third time that it came up. Sweet!

#### Andy_Leviss

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I'd give it a go on better speakers or headphones that can produce the full range better; otherwise you're learning what 16k sounds like distorted through your speakers that can barely reproduce it instead of what it actually sounds like!

#### soundlight

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It's actually fairly clean. I have a set of very nice altec lansing speakers with two sattelite speakers and a sub. They have a very clean sound and work well for picking out frequencies.

I tried running the software using my earbuds on very low volume today before rehearsal. Sounded like crap. I couldn't pick out anything within seven or so faders of where it was supposed to be because the earbuds sounded so bad (I have \$10 sony earbuds because I tend to lose or break them/step on them accidentally).

#### stantonsound

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With decent speakers, it is a good program.....and you can't beat the price!!! There are other programs out there that are better, but this is a good place to start or to refresh your ear.

I wish I could get it to work on my MacBook.