While I started in live sound like so many of us, I haven't had a FOH gig in like 12yrs and am way out of the loop. All I'm doing these days is a bit of studio stuff, which is obviously quite different.
Someone that I've worked with quite a bit, is opening up a cafe that is going to specialize in live music and I've been charged with helping him source out a live PA and all the peripherals and hopefully a price for it all, as it needs to be submitted to the investors. While Mackie gets a bad rap at times, I think for what we'd need, something like an Onyx 24-4 would work out great. I personally like the Onyx pre's for eg and have used the 800r in recording apps. The board looks very easy to use and as is, is probably a little overkill, as the cafe is going to mostly host singer songwriters and very small bands, but there will be times that a full rock act will be in there, so I'd rather go high than low. The owner also wants the ability to record right off the stage and I like the D-SUB out option on the Onyx.
So I thought I'd work out from the Onyx 24-4. For eg, I have no idea of what sort of poweramps I should be using. Knowing that clarity and headroom come from lots of horsepower, I'd again rather error on the high side opposed to under powered. The stage will only require 3 or 4 monitors, tops and again, I have no idea what sort of power I'd need (watts) for my monitors and mains.
While on Mackie's site, the "Quad Comp" and Digital EQ kinda caught my eye, too . After that, I'll need mics, (pretty sure I have an idea of the usual suspects here.) Then snake mains and any other periphs.
As for the budget, I'm sure it's going to be decent
, but I don't want - or feel we need - a bunch of Midas and Martinsound etc.
Any ideas or suggestions from people doing this would be appreciated. While I'm a little nervous about tackling FOH again, it's a real opportunity for me to augment my recording gigs, which have been slow lately so this would be a cool, 3 night a week gig for halfway decent cash from what I'm told.
Any ideas, suggestions? thanks!