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What's in your rack?

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by digitaltec, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. digitaltec

    digitaltec Active Member

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    Just curious what high schools around the county have in their sound racks and consoles. Thanks.
     
  2. cruiser

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    My rack consists of: 1x pioneer cd player, 2x behringer virtualizer pro, 1x doa system analyzer, 2x behringer 32chanx2 eq's, 2x behringer patch bays, 2x shure reciever units, 1x behringer 4channel di and bose power unit. my mic rack has 8x sennheiser 300series units.

    our school has 3x pioneer cd players, 4x sennheiser handheld recievers and 4x bodypacks, foh eq & crossover.

    our school has a crap sound rig... its also very old... needs an update which i believe they are doing next year!
     
  3. soundman

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    3 2 channel DBX 32 octive eqs 2 patchbays 10 shure wireless recivers (2 handhelds or body packs 8 body packs)1 assisted listening transmiter 2 shure power supplies delay (forget name) 3 crown dual channel amps moniter patchbay and pagieng mic system or cd player is a homestereo grade 5 disc cd changer, works great for dance shows but sucks for cuing becasue after being paused for so long it stops spinng so then it has to spin back up which throws off the cue. a Lexion processer that is 3 years old and I still havent gotten a chance to use "maybe this show" the TD says.
     
  4. cruiser

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    i like the dbx eq's... very nice! the only reason i whent with behringer is cuz of them fancy little LED's they have on the faders. Good knowing where they are specially during a real dark show... thats just me though!
     
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    I have alwise heard behringers are just a step up above american djs in qualty, how does it work for you? The eqs are set to the room so its not a problem and the 2 channels for mics will poblem have a little lit knock off on it.
     
  6. ehjay

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    Oh man. Are these setups common amongst the high school level? Because this is my first year running sound at my school and we've got.. next to nothing.
     
  7. cruiser

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    yeah, ive never had a problem with behringers although they do have a slightly different concept to some eq's they do the job very well.

    Our school has a fair amount of gear, we have a music faculity, av faculty and drama department that all have their own lighting rigs and pa systems. but the bulk of equipment is kept for trhe hall and when we do big shows its all moved in there, as well has hire gear.
     
  8. DMXtools

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    If you check my profile, it's been a long time since I've been in school. When we did "Brigadoon" we raped my stereo for sound reinforcement... But I've always been a tech dweeb - in 1966 I had probably the most powerful stereo in town. No wireless - I hid SM57s in the scenery and prayed. So, ehjay, I sympathize.

    Now I do live sound-for-hire for local band shows. My 10-space rack includes a Peavey XG5 5-channel gate (for drums), Behringer 4-channel compressor (one channel for each of the four main vocal mics), Samson 4-channel compressor, one channel for each sub-mix (drums, guitar&bass, vocals, everything else), Peavey Deltafex twin (two FX processors in one rack space) for reverb and delay, DOD dual 31-band EQ for the mains, dBx 1066 compressor for the mains, and both a Behringer feedback destroyer and a DOD dual 15-band EQ for two monitor mixes - I EQ the monitors manually on the DOD, with the feedback destroyer bypassed, before the show, then add in the feedback destroyer "just in case."
     
  9. cruiser

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    Im not a big fan of the feedback destroyers.

    They cause you to loose alot of frequencies out of your mix because the unit this there is the potential for feedback there.

    I have only used a feedback destroyer once and did not like the output i got from them at all. I prefer to just ring out all my mics or, use a system analyzer with a spectrum mic. Get yourband to play and the unit will show you which channels are peaking, so you can then notch them down in your eq thus avoiding feedback.

    Unfortunatly the only company in austrlaia that made these units, recently stopped making them =(
     
  10. DMXtools

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    As I said, the feedback destroyer is on the monitor mixes, not the mains, and is only activated after I ring out the monitor mixes with the regular EQ. Most of my shows feature about an hour and a half to load in and set up before the first of five bands goes on - we barely have time for a quick line check per band - just before each band starts their set. It's a different five bands in a different venue each show.

    Because I do ring things out pretty well manually, the feedback destroyer rarely comes into play, but the few times it has have made it worth the relatively low price.
     
  11. cruiser

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    Yeah true... I normally will run two x 2band eq's one eq for foh and one for monitors. So have never really needed to use one!
     
  12. avkid

    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    peavey xr 680 mixer ,two shure lx wireless systems and 3 disc front load cd player ,front load is much easier to use
     
  13. Mayhem

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    DJ rig - 1x AKG WMS40 Radio Mic System, 1x Australian Monitor PA 1500 Power Amp, 1x Ecler SMAC Pro 40 DJ console, 2x Sony CDP-XE200 single CD players, 1x Perreaux 6000C Power Amp.

    For live gigs, add a Ross RX-31M 31 band EQ, Phonic PDD 3000 digital delay, DOD 886 Series II Stereo Gated Compressor/Limiter
     
  14. the_marching_penguin

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    At my school we have pretty nice equipment, however whoever was hired to put it in, or a techie who thought they knew what they were doing really screwed up our wiring. We have an assistive listening device, 10 or so Shure SM83 wireless recievers, 2 CD/Tape decks, I just fixed one tape deck so we can actual listen to tapes without going through the tape return on our board which makes it so nothing else works. Then we have a Peavey Digital Interface along with our oldschool PC that sucks with Peavey Media Matrix on it. Then we have 5 Crown amps, 1 100watt 2 200 watt and 2 400 watt. We have a pretty nice Mackie 24-4 board which I have quite enjoyed working with. It isn't the nicest board, but it does more than what we need it to do. For being a ghetto school with no funds we do quite well. We always have succesful productions, and thanks to our Director we always stay out of the whole with our funds. He always keeps some extra $$ somewhere. With how well we have done in the past two years we have been able to get a projector for his classroom, tons of new lamps for our fixtures, and he is loooking at a new followspot for this coming year! Any Suggestions on one? It would need a good 125-150 foot throw.
     
  15. bdesmond

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    Doing this off the top of my head:

    8 Telex Receivers
    2 Telex Antenna Extenders (Antennas are poking out of the ceiling)
    1 8 channel Rane Mixer for the stage mics
    1 8 channel Rane Mixer for various stage inputs (non mic)
    1 Digital EQ (forget the brand)
    2 Crown Amps (I believe the speakers are 1200 watts each, 3 of them)
    Other stuff- can't remember what

    The playback rack has
    1 tape playback/record (two decks)
    2 Sony MiniDisc
    2 Sony CD Players

    Console is Mackie 24 channel - VLZ series I think - no idea offhand
     
  16. Radman

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    Mixer - Allen & Heath GL4000-32

    Rack: 1 DBX 166XL Comp/Limiter/Gate
    1 Klark-Teknik DN360 EQ
    1 Lexicon MPX100 Effects processor
    1 Alesis HD24 Hard Disk Recorder
    1 Denon DN600F CD player
    1 Denon DN720R Cassette resorder/player
    1 HHB CDR830 Burn-It Plus CD recorder
    7 Shure UT series wireless receivers

    Amp rack: 1 Equi=Tech ET7.5R balanced power system
    3 Crown K1 amplifiers
    1 Crown K2 amplifier
    1 DBX Drive Rack 260

    FOH speakers: 9 EAW JF-60 mid/hi
    2 EAW SB150 subs

    Stage monitors: 4 JBL 10" hanging above stage
     
  18. mbenonis

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    OK, you know you're a sound geek when you can do this off the top of your head:

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    |             Blank             |
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    |         Power Distro          |
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    |       More Power Distro       |
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    |    Telex Antenna Splitter     |
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    | Telex FRM-150 | Telex FRM-150 |
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    | Rear Powerstrip + Front Light |
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    |             Snake             |
    |                               |
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    |        Rane RPE228d EQ        |
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    |        Rane RPE228d EQ        |
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    |          Rane DC-24           |
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    |          Rane DC-24           |
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    |         JBL DSC-260           |
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    |      Denon A/B Tape Deck      |
    |                               |
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    |        Denon CD Player        |
    |                               |
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    |           PI Intercom         |
    |                               |
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    |   Shure LX4   |   Shure LX4   |
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    |        <blank and open>       |
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    |   Shure LX4   |   Shure LX4   |
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    |           Crown D75A          |
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    |       Crown Com-Tech 410      |
    |          (House Highs)        |
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    |       Crown Com-Tech 810      |
    |          (House Lows)         |
    |                               |
    |                               |
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    |       Crown Com-Tech 410      |
    |             (Auxes)           |
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    |       Crown Com-Tech 410      |
    |             (Auxes)           |
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    |       Crown Com-Tech 410      |
    |             (Auxes)           |
    ---------------------------------
    
    I think I got everything. Dave, does this look right?
    Oh, and the sound board is a Spirit Live 24, w/ 24 channels.

    [EDIT: Fixed an error - we have a DSC-260, not a 280. And we took out the top two Shure LX4's.]
     
  19. Radman

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    Strange configuration...
     
  20. mbenonis

    mbenonis Wireless Guy Administrator Premium Member

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    Are you referring to the way the Shure LX4's are located in odd places? The reason for this is that when the rack was installed with the school, they didn't give us much room to install anything new - so we had to make due with the few extra slots that were there (including a nameplate one, heh).

    Or do you say this for a completely different reason?
     

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