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  1. Just wondering how many people actually mic at least their guitars, bass (or direct) and vocals?

    My band has a pretty nice PA and I was considering trying to run guitars and bass through the PA. Just wondering how it would sound having 2 guitars, bass and vocals running at the same time with acoustic drums (not mic'ed).

    This is the PA we are using

    Also we practice in a basement so acoustics are {censored}ty. And btw we play teh crabcore type stuff.


    In general, I would consider this a bad idea.


    1) Adding more links into the signal chain in a room with bad acoustics just makes things worse.

    2) You don't have enough of a PA to be thinking in terms of running much beyond vocals into it.

    3) You won't really save any space, and you'll be more likely to run into volume wars unless you have enough amps and channels to give each person an individual monitor mix (and you don't).

    4) Lots more hassle to get things balanced and adjusted.

    5) Adding more junk to your vocal monitors makes feedback a LOT more likely, and tougher to control.


    Botom line, unless you are on a quest to learn a lot by trying to fix really bad sound problems, I would stay away from this idea.

  2. LED lighting will be a serious high-quality replacement solution, but we're still several years away from LEDs that are commercially viable for the mass residential market.

    I think LED is promising as well. I just haven't liked the quality of the light yet but I haven't been exposed to much in the LED world. The biggest enemy of LEDs is heat.


    The light quality is an issue; since individual LED chips can only emit a single wavelength, you have to have a pretty esoteric mix of carefully balanced chips to get something that even resembles natural light. They're getting a lot better, though, so I suspect that in 3-4 years they will take over. The heat is a relatively minor issue as compared to incandescent; the problem is keeping the chips cool enough to last a long time, not heat-related efficiency.

  3. Also, I can't remember the last time I bought incandescent lite bulb. Those new fancy ones just never go out.


    CFLs are not a great solution in many applications; they are a joke.


    1) They actually use MORE power and put out less light in intermittent usage (like a closet light).

    2) You can't get a CFL to replace a high-wattage bulb like a 150W or 200W - my garage has a 12-foot ceiling, and there is no CFL made that will produce enough light to be of any use.

    3) They may not "go out", but the quality and intensity of the light degrades badly after fewer hours than a standard incandescent.

    4) A CFL ballast has a TERRIBLE power factor. It is so inefficient that it uses the same amount of current as a regular bulb - it just does it out of phase so that it shows up in kVAr instead of kW, and the power company can't bill you for it (but they still have to generate and deliver it).

    5) Mercury.


    LED lighting will be a serious high-quality replacement solution, but we're still several years away from LEDs that are commercially viable for the mass residential market.

  4. If you start to have a lot of 60 Hz hum, you may need to have the electrolytic caps replaced - unlike most passive electronic components, they have a lifespan and will eventually fail.


    Noisy pots can be cleaned - you can do it yourself with a spray can of cleaner.


    Other than that, if it sounds good, don't screw with it.

  5. Whirlwind Leader series.

    Cheap, Reliable, easy to keep from getting tangled and Lifetime warranty.

    When you get your,s pull the sleeve back and have a look at how they did the joints and then enjoy the piece of mind that ensues.



    This. I have several of these that have been going strong for nearly 15 years, and sound great.


    Monster cables are fine for tieing down an amp rack in the trailer. Maybe. Lifetime warranties aren't worth jack when a cable fails in the middle of an important gig or a studio session - I want something that will never REQUIRE a warranty.

  6. NASCAR would be greatly improved by adding lots of road courses to the schedule, and not just FLAT ones either - old school courses with elevation changes - there are plenty of good ones in the US.


    They could start by running the entire track at the road courses they already have on the schedule. At Watkins Glen, for example, they don't run the "boot" - because it would be too hard for them to figure out how to get a 3500-lb car around that hairpin at the "toe".....although the GT-1/TransAm guys don't seem to have a problem with it.


    You are right, though - putting the Cup cars at Road America or Mid-Ohio would separate the men from the boys fairly rapidly.


    You can run the same car as at the speedways, just with different skirting and changing the settings of springs and dampers.


    There's a LOT more to it than that. To do it right, you need a totally different suspension design with different roll centers, different brakes, massive changes to the transmission/clutch/diff, etc.


    Race weekends could feature two or more classes of race in a single day.


    Absolutely. SCCA runs 8 championship races in a single day at the Runoffs (Road America). Three would be no problem, even assuming that the headline event is a longer race than a support race like TransAm or World Challenge.

  7. You can't grind to drum beats at 220bpm :poke: and screaming GWHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    Rap and Hip Style grew because rock moved away from what was considered danceable.



    If you can't see people dancing to it in a dance or strip club - and singing along - it's not going to be mainstream.

  8. Please explain further...


    Your meter measures DC resistance.


    Total impedance is the sum of Resistance, inductive impedance and capacitive impedance. With a steady-state DC signal, there will be no individual "X" terms, but with an AC signal (such as an audio signal), the equation is:


    Z(total) = R + X© + X(L)


    where X© is capacitive impedance and X(L) is inductive impedance. Both will be frequency-dependent functions for anything other than a purely resistive load.


    Since a speaker coil is a wound cylindrical coil, it will have significant X(L), which adds to the DC resistance you are measuring. The nominal impedance of 8 Ohms includes the non-resistive impedance components, so you're probably right about where you should be.

  9. This answers my question.

    So each cab would be getting 50 watts, not 100?

    I would've thought the amp still puts out 100 watts to each cab, no?

    No. It's 100 Watts total. Since each cabinet has the same impedance, each cabinet receives an equal share of the power.

    Look up Kirchoff's law, combine with Ohm's law, and you have the answer.

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