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  • #99001
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    BWhite
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    New to Allen & Heath, Our church just purchased a SQ6 and DX 168 stage box. Have the stage box but anxiously waiting on the SQ6. We are upgrading from an XR18. Worship team has out grown it and we needed to upgrade, I have been trying to learn from you all via Forum, YouTube and Google.

    I do have a question, Can you send your main audio to FOH speaker via Slink and then use the CH 11/12(main L/R) as regular aux/monitor sends?

    #99002
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    Too bad that your stage box came in first without the mixer!
    Big jump from an XR18 to a SQ6!!

    Yes every output on the SQ and the stage box is fully patchable to any mix output.

    #99004
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    The 1/4″ outputs on back would those be good to run a mix to a FM transmitter. We have some members still come that don’t do Facebook, and listen in the parking lot.

    We are getting in ear monitors, hybrid of wireless and wired. Also have a stream feed that i fed off of the XR with a Dante Avio 2 out adapter, which helped tremendously with the audio of the feed.

    #99006
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    If you haven’t picked out your IEM hardware yet, I would highly recommend the Behringer Powerplay P1 for your wired headphones. They are great cheap little units and have mono or stereo in and out and can run off a 9v battery or a wall adapter. We use the battery option (just to have one less wire per musician on stage) and the units get used about 4 hours each week. I think we have replaced the batteries once in about 8 months. They just seem to last forever on battery power.

    Currently all our backline musicians use these while our 4 singers use wireless units (Sennheiser G3 IEM).

    #99010
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    Don’t have a definite on the in-ear, yet. We had priced to the board the ME system from A&H. Think Worship Minister is leaning to a hybrid mix, some wireless and some wired.

    Question: Can the soft rotaries control a channel volume. EX: First layer taken up with vocals and instruments and such. Second layer would contain Pastor’s mic, another lapel mic, and computer for music. Could the soft rotaries control the volume of those channels on the second layer. Basically worship team is playing and pastor gets up to talk and needs a touch bit more volume, reach up and tweak the rotary knob and done.

    #99012
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    Don’t have a definite on the in-ear, yet. We had priced to the board the ME system from A&H. Think Worship Minister is leaning to a hybrid mix, some wireless and some wired.

    Question: Can the soft rotaries control a channel volume. EX: First layer taken up with vocals and instruments and such. Second layer would contain Pastor’s mic, another lapel mic, and computer for music. Could the soft rotaries control the volume of those channels on the second layer. Basically worship team is playing and pastor gets up to talk and needs a touch bit more volume, reach up and tweak the rotary knob and done.

    Yes you can, for instance assign all of the band inputs instruments and vocals to a DCA group, and then assign that DCA to soft rotary.
    Personally I would just assign that DCA fader to all the needed layers so it is always on the surface.

    I would look at it more like when the pastor gets up to speak over the music to turn the overall music level down.

    For in ear monitors hardwired or wireless look at the SQ You monitor mix APP. With that APP you can set it up so the musician can control only their monitor mix.

    #99013
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    If you have the budget for the ME system, it is definitely better. One major advantage is that it doesn’t use up aux counts on the board. If you need a decent number of independent IEM, this is definitely helpful.

    #99155
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    So we decided to go with PSM300s. We are getting 11 sets, Lead vocal/guitar (sings), bass, drums, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys (sings), rhythm (sings), then Vocals left, left center, right center, right (designated mic to position for ease of sound tech knowing who has which mic. Most likely running mono.

    Right now we are going to pace the transmitters in the rack located in the sound booth approx 70-80′ away.

    I plan on patching Main L/R(Aux 11/12) out to the DX168 Output 1 & 2 for the mains. This will open channel 11 & 12 aux for IEMs, if i’m thinking correctly?

    I guess the easiest thing to do then would just patch each IEM to an aux out 1 thru 11. Plan on using the SQ4You app so each individual can setup their own mix with the help of sound tech if needed.
    Or is there a better way to do this without using all the auxes. We do have a stream mix and a FM transmitter mix also. The stream is a dante AVIO 2out dongle and FM just mono.

    It would be great to have the DX012 expander but that will be a future purchase.

    I seen the loop out on the PSM300, and thought that all the vocals could be connected together from one mix, but then they could not adjust their in ear mix cause it coming from one source, Right?

    Thank you all for your help.

    #99156
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    A few things here…..

    Your drummer could use a hardwired IEM, a battery powered headphone amp, a Behringer P1 is $60 and works well.
    Actually anyone who is already tied to an instrument with a cable and does not move much could go hardwired.

    Think about the number of mixes you really need, could anyone share the same mix, like maybe the back up vocals, maybe keys and rhythm.

    Keep in mind one transmitter can send to any number of receiver packs.

    To save your board mixes you could use some of the Allen Heath ME series monitor mix pod stations.

    #99159
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    So we decided to go with PSM300s. We are getting 11 sets, Lead vocal/guitar (sings), bass, drums, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keys (sings), rhythm (sings), then Vocals left, left center, right center, right (designated mic to position for ease of sound tech knowing who has which mic. Most likely running mono.

    Right now we are going to pace the transmitters in the rack located in the sound booth approx 70-80′ away.

    I plan on patching Main L/R(Aux 11/12) out to the DX168 Output 1 & 2 for the mains. This will open channel 11 & 12 aux for IEMs, if i’m thinking correctly?

    I guess the easiest thing to do then would just patch each IEM to an aux out 1 thru 11. Plan on using the SQ4You app so each individual can setup their own mix with the help of sound tech if needed.
    Or is there a better way to do this without using all the auxes. We do have a stream mix and a FM transmitter mix also. The stream is a dante AVIO 2out dongle and FM just mono.

    It would be great to have the DX012 expander but that will be a future purchase.

    I seen the loop out on the PSM300, and thought that all the vocals could be connected together from one mix, but then they could not adjust their in ear mix cause it coming from one source, Right?

    Thank you all for your help.

    I think you should reconsider using PSM300 for everyone, especially if it forces you to use mono outputs. Any musician that is tied to an instrument (keys, drums, guitar, etc) can easily use hardwired EIM. Given everything you have said so far, I think using the Allen and Heath ME system for those musicians will be better because it allows you to send stereo feeds without using up any groups/aux mixes on the board. This should free up those busses and allow you to send a stereo mix to the musicians that really need wireless IEM. The total cost will be about the same, but the fact that you can have everyone on stereo IEM is huge.

    Mono IEM work, but the system is much less desirable than running stereo. Giving musicians the ability to pan channels allows them to separate the sounds and makes for a much cleaner IEM mix. Our church use to have to run mono IEM when we used an X32 (do to the limited number of busses and outputs), but we have since changed our setup and now run a mix of wired and wireless IEM, but all stereo. The end result is much better.

    Long story short, musicians will much rather have a stereo IEM (even if it means they are wired when appropriate) than a wireless mono IEM.

    #99281
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    Can the add on SLink card connect to a third party audio snake ike the lyxpro 4 channel audio snake. I figure it has to be A&H brand, but thought i would ask.

    #99282
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    Can the add on SLink card connect to a third party audio snake ike the lyxpro 4 channel audio snake. I figure it has to be A&H brand, but thought i would ask.

    No that would not work.
    I just looked up that Lynxpro snake and it is not a digital snake, it just uses the conductors of a cat cable to pass analog audio.

    Personally if I needed just a four channel audio snake I would use standard audio multi pair cable.

    #99288
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    The network cable works better than you expect…;-)

    #99290
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    Mike C
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    The network cable works better than you expect…;-)

    I know they work fine and technically at least by cable spec would be better due to
    the lower capacitance of cat network cable.

    I was thinking more about the robustness of the cable to just lay out on a stage
    as the durability of cat cable can go from one extreme to the other.
    I would not use ant cat cable with them without an Ethercon connector.

    @Bwhite if you do use a cat snake you need shield cat cable, at the very least
    for phantom power.

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