Just got the system with the bass module and went to work on it today. After reading some of the posts on this forum, it seems to me a good idea to just throw out my issues and get some help before I get all crossways and cranky.
First, it went better than I expected. Second, what was working was really working. Third the vocals were NOT a problem, just the opposite, I loved the way my voice sounded. Of course that is partly due to reading the posts of those who had trouble and trying to follow the advice. So since the advice was so good on one issue I will just lay the rest out.
I play in an acoustic duo format, mostly blues and blues related with a harmonica player/singer who is very well know among the harmonica/singer crowd nationally ( was invited to sit in a full set with Kim Wilson who is . . . well anyway the cat is a great player. Up to know we were using a McKenzie 8 channel amp/mizer and floor monitors, Bag End Mains.
I play a 92 Collings version of a D_28 with a K and K Trinity Western pickup. Its stereo out to a preamp that mixes signals from a small mic in the inturment and a Piezo under the bridge. Its tuned down to "D" but in standard tuning then capo'd up to E or whatever key I need, sometimes playing in D its a good harp key. I play fingerstyle blues, Piedmont stlye, Blind Blake etc and some standards like Key to the Highway etc. Everything on the Collings is fingerstyle.
My other insturment is a 74 Martin D 28 with a Rare Earth single coil and an L R Baggs para acousitc preamp mostly for tunes that have to drive pretty hard, strong bass, use a flatpick etc.
Final in a National Single Cone tuned to open D played through a Shure SM 86 which I also use to supplement the sound of the other two. It is used for Elmore James style rockers played in open D and played loud and hard.
I sing through an EV N/D 767a but I am not yet a very good singer: mostly Blind Blake tunes and some Muddy stuff.
OK that said, whew! Right now I run each through a PA Channel, so I use four in all. My questions are
What suggestions do you all have for me in terms of the set up I describe?
I these problems from my first day on the unit:
The main unit trim control has to be at 10 to get any hint of a red light and mostly not even then. The National mic'd through the Sure does get some red. It does not seem that it should be so hard to get a signal.
My volume is OK and I can get a good sound without feedback BUT not at anything near club volume. Granted, I may not need as much as I used to but still there has to be a lot more volume in this thing than I am getting.
Next is there any easy way or even a not so easy way to set up with the various insturments I am using when I only have what looks like two inputs that can be adjusted with presets. One has to go to the vocal mic.
Feedback: connected to the other issues, when I start to get the unit up in volume, I get some really nasty sounds with the acoustic Collings. I was sitting about 6 -7 feet away from the speakers. Suggestions for a remeedy please. I used the National and could get it pretty loud but not with good tone. A Strat plugged into a preset sounded very good, seriously good. I just can't use it in this venue.
My next post will be how to set up one for my partner but thats for another day.
Again I realize lots of info but if you don't know you can't help. You all seem very helpfull and I am looking forward to getting this thing running right so I can take it out to our Monday gig. Or Monday after next if need be.
Kingbee aka Patrick Nichols
PS should I cross post this to some of the other forums, ie Guitar and/or Vocal?