Equipment for live sound

They finally let us out of the studio: the Pipeline crew is now doing live sound for all the shows in the WMBR Presents concert series. The first shows we did were Xiu Xiu at the YWCA, and Mt. Eerie at the La Sala de Puerto Rico on MIT’s campus.

All told, verything went quite well. More on the shows themselves later–but technically speaking, we built a system around the Mackie SA1232 mains, and the SWA1801 sub. They’ve proved very effective for the size shows we’re doing, despite initial reluctance on my part. The only downside so far is that the mains are GODDAMN HEAVY, but whaddya want?

Now, however, it’s time to invest in good EQ’s for both the mains and the monitors. A bit of digging and talking to people, and we got a couple options:

Presonus DEQ624 — around $600
dbx 2231 — around $500

Also, here’s an interesting thread I found about this very topic.

I also hear good things about the Sabine FBX1200 Feedback Exterminator.

Thoughts?

3 thoughts on “Equipment for live sound

  1. I am an ex-Sabine employee and have several Sabine products, including a Graphi-Q, RT-7000 rack tuner and a drawer full of Ax tuners. I left Sabine about a year ago, but prior to that, whenever we A-B’d against other feedback controllers, the FBX truly was cleaner and more transparent. The resultant DB gain and clairity was great for job satisfaction. From what I hear, the FBX1200 and 2400 series are probably better than the old Graphi-Q I have in my rack…and at a great price point. My suggestion is to go for it. Of course, for me, I’m saving up for one of their 2.4 GHz dual channel wireless units with the FBX built in…

  2. I have not been very satisfied with the audio quality of Sabine units. I had one of the little 820s and then a 2020 and I just bought a 2400. I tried it with a Sennheiser wireless handheld and lavalier. On both it has a lot of white noise compared to putting it in bypass. I don’t even really get the feedback reduction that one would expect. I called Sabine and it is set up correctly. They are very nice people but I think I’m sticking with a dual 31 band. It’s cleaner and has less audio artifacts and very little difference in feedback reduction.

  3. I am an ex-Sabine employee and have several Sabine products, including a Graphi-Q, RT-7000 rack tuner and a drawer full of Ax tuners. I left Sabine about a year ago, but prior to that, whenever we A-B’d against other feedback controllers, the FBX truly was cleaner and more transparent. The resultant DB gain and clairity was great for job satisfaction. From what I hear, the FBX1200 and 2400 series are probably better than the old Graphi-Q I have in my rack…and at a great price point. My suggestion is to go for it. Of course, for me, I’m saving up for one of their 2.4 GHz dual channel wireless units with the FBX built in…

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