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Yamaha MG16XU as house mixer for an event

09/07/2017 Leave a comment

I was doing an event a couple of days back and the lounge that I set up my equipment was using this Yamaha MG16XU as their main house mixer. I am no stranger to the Yamaha MG-series of mixers and this one held the fort very well and I was very pleased with the sound. The lounge has a live band and this mixer is more than sufficient for them to handle the inputs of their equipment as they are an acoustic band. Specifications and features of the mixer are:

  • D-PRE mic preamps deliver clean, transparent, and natural sound
  • 3-band EQ on all mono channels for sound-shaping
  • 1-knob compressors provide straightforward dynamics control
  • Class-compliant USB 2.0 for recording and playback with computers and tablets
  • SPX effect processors provide you with a comprehensive suite of 24 effects
  • Pad switch on mono inputs for managing loud sources
  • Metal chassis for durability

Good , reliable and basic analogue mixer that does the job well. What more can you ask for?

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QSC GX7 power amplifier

17/05/2017 Leave a comment

I was using this for an event some time last year. I remember that the event was a success and the sound was loud and punchy. It was partly credited to this lovely QSC GX7 amplifier that were powering the two main speakers. Now in the past, I have never been an advocate, of sorts, to these QSC GX series amplifiers but I am a convert now. I have installed these amplifiers in a couple of places and I can safely say that these amplifiers can really push their power well and handle their jobs with ease. This GX7 for instance. Both channels driven, it can put out 725 watts of power into 8 ohms. Into 4 ohms, it can put out 1000 watts. Not too bad really. As for connectors, there are XLR, 1/4″ TRS for balanced connections, and phono for unbalanced connections. Features-wise? Here you go:

  • Power levels matched to the most popular speakers used by entertainers
  • Optimized for maximum real-world headroom into 4- and 8-ohm speaker systems
  • Inputs: XLR, 1/4″ TRS and phono input connectors for compatibility with any source
  • Outputs: Speakon® combo accepts 1/4″ (TS) plugs or Speakon 2- and 4-pole plugs (connects 2 poles only). Binding posts support all other speaker wiring systems
  • Minimum depth chassis (10.1″ / 257 mm) fits in compact, inexpensive effects racks
  • Lightweight – GX3 and GX5 less than 26 lb (12.5 kg). GX7 only 15.5 lb (7 kg)*
  • Detented gain controls for precise setting and matching of sensitivity
  • GuardRail™ automatically protects the amplifier and loudspeakers from damage due to temperature rise or overdrive without shutting down the show
  • Front panel LEDs monitor power, signal, and clipping
  • Subwoofer/satellite crossover built-in

I am still used to the Yamaha amplifiers that I have used for many installs and even Yamaha have come out with some good ones recently. But given the fact that these from QSC are really good, it has been making me think twice about which amp I should be getting.

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Mixer and speaker install in a client’s place

21/04/2017 Leave a comment

Just the other day, about two weeks ago, I did an install in a client’s office. They had opened a new office, adjacent to theirs, and thus they needed some speakers installed. The speakers they installed were the 70V line versions so we had to get an amplifier that could handle all those speakers. We settled on this monster QSC amplifier and hooked up all the old speakers as well as the new ones. We also installed a Yamaha MG10XU mixer and a Shure SLX4 microphone. After it all was finished, the client was very happy with the result and I can safely say that this equipment will give the client years of dependable service.

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Yet another Malay wedding with the Yamaha Stagepas 500

23/02/2017 2 comments

This was yet another Malay wedding with my Yamaha Stagepas providing sound reinforcement. This was the setup. They gave me a table, covered with a very thin piece of plastic. It was the same kind of plastic those plastic bags from the grocers are made of. I had to be very careful with it as it was so thin, it tended to tear if anything scratched it. That included the rubberised feet of the Stagepas mixer too! So I hooked it up, together with my Line 6 wireless microphone. You can also see my trusty Nokia 101 phone there too, providing test music while I did basic equalisation of the sound. The speakers had been setup and I had to throw speaker wire over the sewage pipes that are prevalent at the ceiling of most void decks in Singapore. This is so that I would not have to waste my cloth tape taping it to the floor. The only issue I faced was that the power supply was some distance away, near the wedding dias. So I had to use two of my power extension cords to reach it

Was the wedding a success? I will have to say it was. I had great food to eat, nice company to work with and an all in all great experience, as always, with Malay weddings. The bride’s parents were really nice and very accommodating. That is why I love doing Malay weddings. I always have a great time!

Strange audio setup at a roadshow

10/02/2017 Leave a comment

I was at a rather popular shopping centre and I happened t notice the setup of the sound system for a roadshow below me. I found this pretty strange. For one, the speakers were jacked up pretty high. Secondly, look at the sound console. The mixer has a wireless mic receiver plonked right on it. I thought most of these things were racked but I think I know why they did that. First of all, the roadshow presenter needs to roam around but if that receiver was in the rack, along with its tiny antennas, the signal would drop out. Scenario number two could be that the original wireless mics were probably out of order and so they used an emergency one and seeing that the rack was covered up, they just plugged it on top. In any case for most roadshows, all you need is an output for the mic and a sound source like a plugged-in iPad for music. So it looks like having a receiver on top of this 16-channel Yamaha mixer should not be a problem

Gemini ES-210MXBLU portable PA system

09/02/2017 Leave a comment

I can safely say that nowadays, portable PA systems designs copy mostly the Yamaha Stagepas or the JBL one (the name escapes me). But even the JBL one is based on the Stagepas so I can safely say that the design began with Yamaha. This Gemini ES-210MXBLU portable PA system goes one additional step further by not just copying the JBL 210p (finally got the name) portable PA system but takes part of the JBL’s model number as well! In any case, this is what this offering from Gemini is able to, uh, offer:

  • Ultra lightweight and extremely compact
  • Integrated MP3 player with connections for USB, SD, and Bluetooth
  • 2-way high power passive PA speaker
  • 600W peak, 150W RMS Class D built-in amplifier
  • 10” LF woofer with 2” voice coil
  • Pure Titanium 1” HF compression driver
  • Wide dispersion horn with forward firing bass reflex ports
  • ABS impact resistant nylon fiber cabinet
  • 8 channel powered mixer with on board digital echo effect
  • Individual bass, treble, effects and volume controls for 4 line/mic inputs
  • 1 microphone included
  • 15V phantom power for capacitance microphones
  • All needed cables included
  • Top and side handles for easy carrying
  • Flyable & Stand mountable

This is what the mixer looks like, at a glance. It does not have the simple layout of the Yamaha Stagepas but I suppose it will work ok. I like the fact that they actually “admitted” that the phantom power is only 15V. Yamaha does not admit that. I found out by myself. I do not really in specs because companies have the tendency to exaggerate performance and Gemini is no stranger to that.

I have read a couple of bad reviews online about this product. Anything from being extremely low-powered and bad quality control. One person said that the catch mechanism for the mixer to snap to the back of the mixer broke off pretty easily. So as one can see, you do get what you pay for. It costs about SGD$500 thereabouts, half the price of a brand new Stagepas. As usual, you get what you pay for.

Alto Mixpack 10 portable PA system

26/01/2017 Leave a comment

Yamaha started a revolution of sorts with the Stagepas system. Many, many others have tried to copy its design since then. I can say the same about the Alto Mixpack 10 above. It looks the same as the Stagepas series with one speaker to store the mixer and the other for cables. In any case, with this Alto Mixpack 10, this is what you get:

  • High performance all-in-one portable sound system for any event
  • 400-watt peak power output
  • Removable 8-channel powered mixer conveniently stows for transport
  • (2) Alto Professional loudspeakers with 10-inch woofers and
  • 1-inch HF compression drivers
  • Integrated storage compartment for cables and other accessories
  • 4 XLR + ¼-inch mic/line inputs
  • 2 stereo line input channels (1/4-inch and RCA)
  • 2-band EQ per channel
  • Switchable digital reverb and phantom power on channels 1-4
  • Separate EQ contour modes for speech and music playback applications
  • 1/4-inch speaker outputs (cables included)
  • 1/4-inch line level monitor outputs for adding additional powered speakers

Now when they sat 400 watts peak output, I suppose that they are referring to the whole system, not per channel. From what I can see, these are like an almost perfect replica of the Stagepas series but I am sure that they do not have the audio clarity of the Yamaha. In any case, I do not think Alto products are that popular in Singapore anyways so the chances of getting one here is pretty remote