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Re: OT: Sound reinforcement

As long as I can recall I have been suffering from looking too stupid
in headphones. That's not a good starting point but the shortcoming
has had the good effect of forcing me to work out other solutions.
What I've often been doing now for the last decade is to bring two
Genelec 8030's active small studio monitors. They have a volume knob
on the front place and it is a matter of a few seconds to dial in the
suitable volume to match the location of you on stage, the location of
the Genelecs and the sound you hear acoustically from your fellow
musicians as well as the FOH speakers and other stage monitoring.
Sometimes I put the on the floor in front of me but other times I put
them behind me on chairs, it all depends on the situation and that
also means most performing situation can be handled well.

When using electric instrument like guitars, Stick or EWI it is dirt
simple but when playing acoustic instruments (sax, flute) the
challenge jumps at you rather aggressively. My trick here is to put a
volume pedal right after my acoustic microphone so and I have
practiced to play with that pedal so much that I can close the input
line between even fast notes - in fact I often use the pedal to sculpt
the note attack so in that essence my volume pedal becomes part of the
instrument played.

Well, that's it. No more to say on this. Good luck!

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM, Sylvain Poitras
<sylvain.trombone@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Loopers,
> I need help with something the inordinate number of guitar and keyboard
> players on the list will no doubt find rudimentary.
> For my loopy trombone set, my sound reinforcement setup has been rather
> simple: two wires going from my audio interface straight to the mains 
> (left
> and right) and I monitor on stage with headphones.
> This has worked well for me as a solo loopy artist, but I have the
> opportunity to join some amazing musicians for a group performance and  I
> need to adapt the sound reinforcement, given that the gig is in a small
> venue with no PA and that everyone will either play acoustically
> (saxophones, flutes and drums) or with appropriate amplification (guitars
> and keys).
> So what does this mean?
> - I have to ditch the headphones since I won't be able to get a 
> monitoring
> mix and I need to hear what the other musicians are playing.
> - I'll need an amplifier to both monitor the loops and project the 
> sounds to
> the audience.
> - I'll have to rely only on acoustic sound for the untreated trombone 
> sound
> (just like the good old days).
> Bottom line, I need an amp that can take a (stereo?) line output from my
> audio interface and output at a volume that can match or exceed my 
> acoustic
> playing (max 80 db to 115 db).  I also need to know how to position this
> thing on stage so that both musicians and audience can hear it without
> causing feedback.
> I'm leaning towards a keyboard amp, is that a good idea?  What about 
> stereo
> amps?  Are they worth it?
> Seriously out of my depth here...
> Sylvain