Dropped by your web site and really enjoyed the mp3s. I'll have to figure out how to do that some day.
Well with a little over 72 hours on my PAS and so far, being the only one in my band who has one, I am certainly not qualified to speak to much.
I *would* like four balanced inputs with presets (XLR + 1/4 inch). And it would be nice to have 4 sets of controls on the remote. These two things would make it easier to switch from electric to acoustic guitar, while still having an input for a microphone or two.
*but*I don't think I want them
because it is tough enough to concentrate on your own sound with a couple of sound sources (vocals and instrument). If there were more microphone inputs, then there would probably be more voices (human/instrument) to manage.
I'm just not good enough to multi-task at that level and still have any fun playing.
I used to cringe if I walked in to a new gig and found an "unmanaged" mixer at stage right (where I usually stand). It always meant, that I was going to be taking directions from everyone else: "shelve the mids", "more reverb", "it's too muddy", "trim the low end", "trim the high end", "it's too loud" and the ever popular "I can't hear myself!"
I think I would rather bring along a small mixer (like one of those Mackie 1202s) for those very very rare occasions that I might
feel like accomodating others.
Until we get another PAS or two, I will be running two vocals through mine. It was our first gig with the PAS on the stage (on Saturday night).
I think it was Chris who may have said (at the Vancouver show last Thursday) that the first show was going to be a little chaotic while the band was getting used to the new sound. This was true.
I spent most of the night terrorized by the other vocalist as he moved in and out from the microphone. (leading to feedback). I had the remote velcroed to the mike stand in front of me of course. It *was* the first time, and I'm sure we could have done better with placing the PAS, and we should have been running lower volume, and... and... and...
There has only ever been one input on my guitar rig, and I don't apologize for that.
Originally posted by Lee Flier:
Originally posted by Greg-at-Bose:
More inputs seem to be a common request. The Personalized Amplification System ™ was designed to serve as an extension of the individual musician.
Yes, and I certainly agree that's the optimal use for it. As you know, my band is a 3 piece and we have 3 of them. However we would still like to see 4 full inputs instead of 2. Why? Because sometimes we play on bills with other bands, or have other musicians sit in. I hate having to worry about whether there'll be enough inputs for everybody. Also, there is no reason a 4 or 5 piece band couldn't use 3 PAS's or a 6-7 piece band use 4 - there's no problem with 2 musicians sharing one without overloading the system. But if each of the 2 musicians sings and at least one of them also plays a miked instrument, then you're out of mic inputs. Then there are the times we've done acoustic sets in tiny places like coffeehouses and record stores. In that case we only bring 2 of our 3 PAS's or sometimes even just one.
I think having 4 inputs would cover 95% of situations that most gigging musicians would run into. The fact of the matter is that a lot of even spontaneous situations come up where people have to share their PAS, it comes up with me personally quite often. In case anybody else hasn't noticed this , having PAS's is GOING to mean you're gonna get asked to bring them along to parties, coffee houses, any sort of event where musicians are going to be there (it's kinda like if you own a van or truck and people call you anytime they need something big moved ). So then I have to mentally count inputs, and we always wonder whether we need to bring a mixer to the gig or an extra preamp or two... this was never something we had to think about with a conventional PA/mixer setup and I do have to confess (as much as I love the PAS) that it's been a source of stress and headache on quite a few occasions. I think nearly all of that could be eliminated with just a couple more mic inputs.