Originally Posted by jcritch
Thank you for your input. This is a system I was not aware of. I'll look at it.
Problem 1: No distance limitations, cable limitations were discussed with the product you mentioned. There was no discussion about use of any signal repeaters to increase system distance. That was one of my key areas of concern. I'll need to visit the company web site to determine this.
If your IEM is wireless you don´t have any cables for personal monitoring on the stage.
The Mamba Mix is often used in churches because of its ease of use and fast set up,
Problem 2: You assume everyone has an overly high priced apple device or an equally over-priced android device.
And a church should not be buying small, easily portable devices for musician mixing that can easily be dropped and broken, not returned or stolen. Better to have an inexpensive special purpose unit and remove them from the stage each week to a locker. I'll have to visit the product site to determine if a separate personal monitor mix control is available.
If you want you can control all mix outputs by one device. Although every musican could control his own mix by a seperate device one iPad would be enough. The smallest iPad 2 works fine. I often control it with my 3 years old iPhone 3 which you get for nothing in these days.
Problem 3: Not every church has the space or budget or staff to have a separate mixer at the stage for monitors. Churshes often have one mixer and we are luck if it is on the venue floor. We typically have the one mixer shoved in a corner of the balcony, where we can barely see the stage and the acoustics of the 'mixer perch' mean we have to go down & up the stairs to hear the actual mix on the floor. A church is typically not a rock concert type of venue and not typically configured that way. Would not need personal monitor mixers if it were.
Point taken. The big thing with Mamba Mix is that you can combine it with EVERY existing mixer which is already in use. Just connect the Mix, Group or Direct Outs of the mixer under the balcony with the Mamba Mix (leave that under the balcony as well). Then take the iPhone/iPad and adjust all mixes and levels wireless standing next by the musicans.
All together this could be less expensive and more powerful than getting a complete new system for monitoring and mixing - and long cables.
Problem 4: Most church mixes and monitor systems are mono, not stereo. So you did not describe how the system could be used in a mono environment. I'll look at the company site to determine this.
Every stereo mixer can also be used in mono.
Yet another cable on stage is not a problem. Stages are full of cables.
With either system, one has to take the hands away from the instrument to adjust them. So swiping a tiny touch sensitive screen that does not register well for different sized fingers is not a better alternative than using controls that have a more positive feedback of the control movement.
Try to adjust any input channel on an iPad, say channel 1, 2 and 4. You can do it at once, directly. Easy and fast with one move. Works really great. Try it. With the large faders even tiny moves can be done fast
With controlers like the Aviom or Behringer you first have to select the channel and then you edit the volume. In that time your fingers are already off of the iPad and playing again while you would still busy with selecting channels on the other controls.