Using Dlive for FOH and SQ5 for Monitors

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    So this is the Set up we have currently

    In Main Auditorium
    S3000 with a GX Card installed for our stage rack (GX4816)
    CDM64 with 128×128 Dante Card Installed
    GX4816 in our Stage Rack

    Studio Theatre
    SQ5 with a DX168
    Dante Card to Be installed Soon

    The Plan is to use the Dlive as a FOH desk and the SQ5 as a Monitors desk side of stage for when we have bands in.

    Whats the best way to split the input signals to go to the FOH desk and Monitors Desk

    Is Tie lines the best Way?

    Any advise would be great

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    I’ll suggest tie lines, so that way they’re getting the pre-amp solid without any additional processing The only issue you’ll have to deal with it when the adjust the gain on the DLive end, as that has the pre-amp control, that would be reflected at monitor.

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    Tie lines are the correct choice here.

    Since you will have Dante cards installed in both consoles, you can easily use the Dante network to connect the two systems together. You use tielines in and out of each consoles Dante I/O card and then you will also have to patch the audio paths in the Dante Controller software as well.

    The only other solution would be to add a second GigaAce card to the Mixrack and connect the SQ console using that connection but since you are already using the built in SLink port for a DX box, it would require an additonal SLink card in the SQ as well so it’s probably not worth the extra expense. Still, compared to using Dante this would be easier to set up, it would be more reliable, and it would have lower latency. You would still use tie lines, but you would patch the tie lines in and out of the Mixrack’s GigaAce I/O card and in and out of the SLink I/O card on the SQ console.

    As noted by bolupona, you’ll want to dial in preamp gain settings very quickly and then not touch them again during a show. Each system will have a “trim” adjustment that they should use to make any “gain” changes to their inputs. Otherwise if someone changes the preamp value on the DLive system, it will also change the overall gain level of that input on the SQ system. The only time there is automatic gain compensation available is when you connect two DLive Mixracks together.

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