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My Year With The Dream Stage
karmicfreak posted a topic in StageScape Mixer / StageSource SpeakersIn the fall of 2013, my church purchased a setup including an MD20 mixer, 2xl2t, and 2xl2m speakers. We use it monthly for a worship service that involves "The Band," a group that plays some original music I've written, as well as a variety of jazz, blues, gospel, music theater, and whatever else fits with the liturgy that week. Because our sanctuary is a very traditional and simple one, the setup and teardown is only for the services when the band plays. Just recently, I've trained others to use the system, and it's being used for the youth band and other events where multiple wireless mics are needed. Here's what I've learned: - I can do a physical setup, including the mixer, 2 mains, 2 monitors, 4 wireless vocal mics, 2 piano mics, overhead and bass drum mics, in 45 minutes or less. - Recalling the scene makes setup much faster, so that tweaks I've made in previous months remain. - Using the iPad app to mix a recorded performance between services (to sound better in the second service) is awesome. - I still struggle with getting the perfect trim on my vocal mics, although that may be because of the particular mics I'm using, or because I don't always re-auto-trim them every time I use them, due to time before the 8:15 service. - The vocal trim issues aren't a problem for live performance, but only when I bring recordings into my DAW, where the vocal signal is too hot and clips. - The recording to SD card is awesome. - I've created a workflow that makes taking the discrete channel audio output from the SD card, into my DAW, where I've set up presets for each instrument, and then mixing and mastering, and syncing the final audio with 2 video sources in Final Cut Pro X an easy process. I can usually get a nice-sounding video out with a minimal amount of time and effort. - For my own use outside church, I am looking at alternatives to the MD20, such as the QSC offerings, but my biggest requirement is multichannel recording that gives me the power to mix after the performance. When the time comes to purchase, the price will be a big factor. If the MD20 continues to go down, I am likely to invest in one for myself. For reference, here is a playlist of videos I've made with the MD20 (sitting left of me) in church. The first 6 songs are originals, all recorded with the MD20. Many of the others are also from the board, but you can tell which ones are just recorded with my camera mic by their date and (lack of) sound quality. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlP8Beg-961DnyE5Sz-ocrM8egTskOMCO
HD500 direct into MixerHi, Recently I changed completely my setup. instead of a mic'ed amp and then into the mixer, what I do is HD500 directly in the m20d mixer. The m20d has a specific dsp preset that is optimized for the hd500. That works extremely fine for me. Especially because I can now use stereo effects. That's really cool when you do say "Where the streets have no name" from U2 with plenty of delay. But, now the following question arises. My band has got an invitation to do a gig in a bit bigger venue. They have their own infrastructure (mixer, sound man). So we will not use the m20d. And I am asking myself, what will be the tone? Does anyone has experience. Perhaps I can ask Line6 for the details of the hd500 optimized dsp preset so that I could forward this info to the sound man. Does anyone has experience with the hd500 going into a normal mixer? Thks for the help Markus