I am planning on getting the L1 compact to rent out for use at hotel ballrooms (average 100 person capacity). I would like to be able to connect up to 4 wireless/wired microphones to it. What would be the most simple and cost effective way of doing so? Can I use something like a Behringer MX400 and xlr to 1/4 cables? or do I have to use something like a Shure SCM-268? It has to be a KISS set up (keep it simple stupid) as multiple employees must be able to easily set it up. I got a quote for some Sound Barrier wireless mics, are these any good? Do you recommend lapel mics to use with the L1 compact? Please remember, cost effectiveness and simple set up! THANKS!
I've tried searching the forums but have not found what I'm looking for. Can someone point me in the right direction?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Can you give us a bit more info about your intended usage?
I am not familiar with Sound Barrier Wireless mics.
One lapel mic might work if the Compact is set up in front of the person wearing the mic.
Please give us a rundown of the possible applications of the Compact. Room size. Audience size.
The Compact is a very versatile piece of equipment, but it won't do everything for everybody.
Thank you for responding.
The compact is to be used at three small to medium size meeting rooms, max occupancy 200 depending on room configuration. I don't have the dimensions right know but I'll post them tomorrow. They are mostly used for conferences, training seminars, award ceremonies,dinners, etc. Here is the website of the hotel with some pictures of the rooms.
We are planning on buying 2 L1 compacts. hotel meeting space
Hi hotel 1,
It would appear your primary use would be for spoken word. I think the Compact(s) will work very well for you.
Placement of the Compacts with regard to the mic(s) can be critical and inexperienced users might need some schooling in the beginning, but there is nothing your setup staff cannot learn with just a little bit of instruction.
I would suggest that a couple of employees (good candidates for technical applications) be chosen when you receive the Compacts, to come and visit here with any questions.
A small compact mixer can be used to feed multiple mics. You will probably have less issues with good quality wired mics than you will with inexpensive wireless setups.
Good quality handheld mics are available starting at $100.
Good, dependable, wireless sets start around the $300 mark.
You might need a 20 to 25 ft cable with TRS ends to daisy chain the two Compacts together or they can be setup in dual mono/stereo from the mixer, again with proper cables.
Will you be making your purchase local? Through Bose? or an internet store? It would be nice if you had one trusted confidant to help in your selection of mics and accessories.
Hope this helps a little.
Thanks for the feedback.
I'll be purchasing the Bose at my local Bose store. The sound barrier mics will be purchased from a local audio visual company, hopefully they'll be ok. Really wish someone had experience with them before purchasing, but at least the store offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
As far as the mixer goes, I would much prefer to use something like the behringer mx400 hooked up to the mic tonematch input on the compact than having to deal with a mixer and its different controls. I know its not complicated but the simpler set up the better. Does anybody has experience connecting multiple vocal mics using the mx400 or something like it (not a mixer) to the vocal mic tonematch port(xlr) on the compact?.
Thank you so much for the help Oldghm, really appreciate it!
Hi hotel 1,
Do you have a model # for the sound barrier mics you intend to purchase.
If the wireless mic receivers have a line level output, then you could use the Behringer mx 400. You will not have any eq control and that could become an issue with intelligibility and perhaps feedback.
Perhaps your local provider can send someone in to setup your systems. Make sure everything is connected. Possibly use some color coding tape to make it easier for the staff to utilize later. Mics and inputs can be numbered or color coded and tape with marks can represent initial settings for trim, volume, and tone.
My experience with wireless mics is that they can be more difficult for the uninitiated. There are more components to keep up with. Batteries. Often hidden and overlooked gain controls. At least with a wired, mic / mixer setup connections are straight forward and in view, even if a bit more messy.
What I'm trying to say is wireless does not necessarily mean KISS.
If I may step in here, but you might clarify with the return policy. Once a microphone is used, you may not be able to return it for health reasons.
One Compact will have a hard time convering 200 people. 2 Compacts will do wonderfully. However, you are now in te range of a L1 Model 1 price range. And for spoken word will out perform two compacts hands down. There is also a built in mixer n 2 channels of the L1 Model 1. It doesn't get any KISSier than that. If weight is an issue, then the Compacts are the answer. Or a L1 Model 2 may be better. There is a female artist in my area with a L1 Model 2 and the T1 mixer. She is doing great with here shows. The system I have used and love is 2 Compacts and a T1 Mixer. I have used it at awards banquents, political rallies, and weddings. For spoken word, it is wonderful.
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