Hi everybody, this is not a technical topic.
I have a little 24 input passive splitter, and I would like to upgrade one day to an active one.
I wonder what is the opinion of most FOH engineers toward active splitters, particularly for making gain from the stage.
Your experience would be appreciated.
Transformered splits are by far the "popular" choice, in so much as they provide ground isolation and there is less chance for something to go wrong. Active splits are good, however, they are expensive and like any other electronic device, they provide another potential point of failure.
All the above being said, I see mostly passive splits, cheap, easy to make, and most of the time they work fine, the only drawback from a technical, recording point of view is that they don't offer isolation, mind you, if something is going wrong, isolation or not you probably have a problem anyway.
An active splitter where the house feed is simply passed-through (and the active part "samples" the signal and feeds it to recording) would be far more palatable to your random FOH guy than something that puts active circuitry in the house path.
Even a passive, tranformer-iso splitter (the least "invasive" possible) is not necessarily welcome everywhere. I suppose it depends a lot on where you are using it and your working relationship/reputation with the various FOH people.