My PA

 

About the band - NEXT EXIT is a 5 piece cover band playing about 70% private events (weddings, corporate, private parties) and the rest your typical neighborhood bars. We do 50-60 shows per year and have played in 7 states. We'll go where the good gigs are. So with these things in mind, the PA was built to meet the following needs:

 

 

Presonus StudioLive 16:4:2 (16 channel mixer with built in effects)

 

 

I was one of the first folks to land one of these guys and have been using it since the end of January of 2009. In a word.... WOW! It's everything you need in one box. If you are starting from scratch it's worth looking into. In the end you'll end up spending less and getting more than you would have buying individual peices. 

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DBX Driverack PX (Speaker processor)

Quality powered speakers have processing built in already, including limiting, crossover and tailored EQ. This unit takes it further with an auto EQ feature that listens to the speakers, via the included measurement microphone and tailors an EQ based on 4 available curves. It can balance L & R speaker volumes at a venue. Also has feedback elimination function which is not something I'd use normally for the band, but is handy for weddings where a wireless mic is given to the client for toasts, speeches, etc as the processor can kill feedback faster than I can. Other functions include limiter/compressor, which I'll likely not use, and a sub-harmonic synthesizer, which, IMO is pretty useless. UPDATE - I've found this to be more trouble than it's worth and can actually get a better sound more quickly without it. I've stopped using.

 

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MAINS

 

RCF ART 522A (Bi-amped 12" woofer (500w) / 2" exit compression driver (250w))

Discontinued line as of Q4 2010. Replaced by the 722A

Frankly, the best "plastic" speaker I've ever heard. Amazing performance from a box that weighs in at less than 39 lbs. (Purchased new for less than $1,200 per speaker)

 

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SUBS

 

 

PRIMARY SUBS - RCF 705AS (15" woofer in a bandpass box)

 

I bought these to go with the RCF tops. I didn't really need them, but did want capability to double the size of the PA for bigger shows, especially outdoors. They are essentially the same size as the Yorkville's (see below)

 

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Monitors

 

RCF 322A (12" woofer with 2" exit compression driver)

Discontinued line as of Q4 2010. Replaced by the 400 series

Although this model shares the same enclosure as the 522A its about 12 lbs heavier. They are also about $400 less per box and make one heck of a monitor as well as a backup main. They still crossover at 1,200 Hz like the 522A, but are 400 watts total compared to the 750 watts of the 522A.  (Purchased in "like new" condition on EBay for $695 per speaker, including shipping)

 

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Spare Monitor

 

TC-Helicon VSM300XT (6.5" co-axial speaker)

 Discontinued - they say they couldn't hit the needed price point so just stopped making them

I am the lead singer and used this as a monitor for a while. Not as good as a nice wedge but is the top of the line in a stand mount "hot spot" type monitor. Still used as small side fill or as a monitor if the performance area is especially tight or if we're using the monitor speakers as mains. The bass player will often use this as his monitor.

 

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Lead Vocal Monitor

 

Audio-Technica M2 (In ear monitor)

 

Previously a Shure PSM700 was used, but it is in the no illegal 700 Mhz block so a different wireless unit had to be purchased. I often use a floor wedge and IEM's.

 

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Keyboard Player Monitor

 

Shure PSM200 (In ear monitor)

 

Keyboard player has his own little 4 channel submixer. Before sending his vocal, organ/synth and guitar to the board he splits it off for his in ears. The board then feeds "the rest" of the mix to him and he can submix himself.

 

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Power Conditioner

 

Monster Power 2500

You'll read a lot about how power conditioners don't do much, but I like to use one for the convenience as well as basic information about the power itself. 

        

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Trailer

 

Wells Cargo (enclosed 5x8)

 

As big a trailer I could get. I had specific requirements of having to be able to get it in the garage as well as needing to still be able to park 2 cars in my 2 car garage. (Bought used for $1400 - Picture is of similar trailer to mine)

 

        

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Old Stuff

We no longer use things below, but it seemed a shame to waste the descriptions

Allen & Heath Mixwizard  WZ16:2DX (16 channel mixer with built in effects)

 

This is arguably the standard in affordable small format mixers. It sounds great, has a robust feature set, is rack mountable, and has enough inputs for a "common band". This is the second version of the mixer. Version 3 is now out with a few more bells and whistles and slightly better preamps. (purchased used for $625 on eBay)

 

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DBX 1046

 

4 channels of compression. I run 2 of these on our FOH for a total of 8 channels of compression. We run our own sound from stage quite a bit and these can smooth out the mix and protect things. 3 channels are used on vocal mics, 1 on the cymbal output of the e-drums, 1 for break music coming from the laptop, and 2 on keyboard outputs  (purchased used from our engineer for $200 ea)

 

        

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Furman Q-1311

 

 

Single 31 band EQ. This is one of my best finds and I'm glad I bought 2. I wasn't really even looking for EQ's when I came across these being blown out. (Purchased new at Musicians Friend for $59 each)

 

        

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Shure PSM400 (In ear monitor)

 

The drummer uses Roland V-Drums and likes the In ear monitors. I'm the lead singer and sometimes use in ear monitors too them too. Fronting the band though, I find them too isolating, especially in small venues so I've largely moved away from using them. (Purchased for around $650 from an online vendor that drop ships directly from Shure)

 

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Ashly XR1001 

 

Very nice basic crossover from a quality name brand. When I run an "aux fed" sub-woofer setup so I use both sides of the crossover. The left side controls the sub-woofer output and the right side feeds the mains.

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BACKUP SUBS - Yorkville LS700P (dual 10" woofers in a 6th order bandpass box)

 

I love these little guys. For their size and price I don't think there's anything out there that can touch them. They won't fill a 500+ room with gut busting lows, but they'll handle wedding and corporate events of nearly that size. (Purchased used for $1000 for the pair)

 

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