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Mackie 802VLZ4

19/11/2017 Leave a comment

I am seriously thinking of getting this mixer to replace my old Yamaha MG82cx. There is nothing wrong with my Yamaha mixer but I feel that this Mackie 802VLZ4 has got more options when it comes to the number of balanced inputs that I require for some shows. I realised that when I did a show fairly recently and I found that the sound was lacking and also the lack of balanced inputs were causing me issues. This Mackie 802VLZ4 has got more options and I think that it will serve me better. I did a post some time back on the previous generation of this mixer and the specs are pretty much the same. This mixer is gonna cost me about $300 but I think it will be worth it

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Behringer EUROPORT EPS500MP3

29/08/2017 Leave a comment

Take a look at this offering from Behringer…the EPS500MP3. Look familiar? It should. I knew that it was only a matter of time before Behringer ripped off the very popular Yamaha Stagepas Series. Then again, isn’t that what Behringer is known for? But no matter. Let us have a look at this offering from Behringer. These are the features:

  • Ultra-compact 8-channel PA system with dual speakers and detachable 500 Watt powered mixer
  • Enormous power, incredible sonic performance, and super-lightweight
  • Mixer can be used either while installed in the speaker or detached for easy positioning and access
  • High-performance MP3 player included to play audio files via USB stick
  • Studio-grade stereo reverb adds finishing touch to your sound
  • “Wireless-ready” for high-quality BEHRINGER digital wireless system (not included)
  • Broadcast-like Voice-Over-Priority Function dims music when microphones are used
  • Extremely powerful 8” woofers and 1” compression transducers for incredible sound reproduction
  • 8-channel mixer section features 4 mic/line and 2 stereo channels
  • 4 high-quality mic preamps with switchable +48 V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Effective and extremely musical 2-band EQ on all channels
  • Music/Speech switch to set overall system equalization
  • Auto limiter prevents overload damage to power amplifier and speakers
  • Storage compartment available for microphone, cables and accessories (2 x 6.1m (20′) speaker cables included)
  • Integrated stand mounting with 35-mm pole socket
  • Switching power supply for maximum flexibility, noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy savings

Therein lies the differences folks. First of all, compared with the 500-watt Yamaha offering with 10″ speakers, these ones come with only 8″ speakers. Also, it comes with a USB in, so it looks like you can play music from an MP3 thumb drive or something like that. But other than that, it has the same protective rails as the Yamaha. It has almost the same mixer layout as the Yamaha. The mixer is detachable, like the Yamaha. One of the speaker cabinets has a compartment in the rear for storing cables, just like the Yamaha. This is the mixer below:

It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words. I will leave it to you all to see if that is true or not.

Price-wise, it will definitely be a lot cheaper than the Stagepas. The Yamaha Stagepas series is not that expensive…but it there is quality in the build. I have not tried out this offering from Behringer so I cannot vouch for its quality. You can read up about this EPS500MP3 here.

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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