Middle School Mixing

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Don Grossinger, Jan 30, 2003.

  1. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    I have a question:
    I was approached by the band instructor at my son's middle school. At the school they have an auditorium which seats maybe 8oo total with a balcony. Plaster & wood construction. Anyway, the school wants to replace the old sound re-enforcement console with something new. He asked me to look into the particulars.
    They have concerts (small & large ensambles), choir groups, school plays & assemblies. I have no expertise in choosing FOH boards & thought I could get some guidance from our group.
    Are there virtual units available that could be operated from a laptop? Do I need to look at regular boards? Is 16 channels appropriate? I'm starting from scratch & probably they are working on a limited budget. They will keep the current power amps & speakers.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    You should run this by “The Soundman” at the Live Sound Forum. Fats
    Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    soundcraft...dda....yamaha....and even mackie(ugh) make appropriate platforms for this kind of install....the first three are very very good...look up their web sites for frame sizes, and specs
  4. gtrmac

    gtrmac Guest

    You're not gonna want to mix on a laptop. In any case there is the real necesssity for mic preamps and analog output to the power amps. Mackie SR series are pretty good. There is also the digital route. Yamaha O2R and the like will include FX and compression but are more difficult to operate. An analog setup should include some compressors and an FX unit.
  5. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Yeah, no laptop stuff for FOH. Also get as many channels as you can, and go for the simplest possible operation so someone will actually know how to use it.

    I don't prefer small (dense) boards like the Mackies because it is too easy to reach for a knob on the wrong channel. That being said, budget usually rules.

    One thing to consider is to check with the big time sound production company in your area. They have to cycle mixers out just to keep up with the latest and greatest rental demands. Many of these organizations will donate or provide a long term loaner of a larger commercial board.
  6. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    As usual, thanks for the great advice! I will especially look into the donation/ long term loan situation as we are just 20 miles north of NYC.

    I have forwarded the various suggestions to the appropriate parties at school & await their response.

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