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Can the Furman HDS-16 work with floor monitors?
Old 12th September 2020
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Can the Furman HDS-16 work with floor monitors?

Hi, This is my first post so I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong forum, if the gear questions are too specific, or if this is a dumb/newb question in general. If this should be posted somewhere else please let me know and I'll take this one down. I'm a studio engineer and don't have much experience with live sound, but live sound engineers are usually great with monitoring and signal flow questions.

To get right to it:

I have a band that wants to do a livestream concert at a recoding studio. This is my first time at this particular studio since my regular one is shut down due to Covid. The band would prefer to use floor wedges/monitoring speakers rather than headphones for the stream. The problem is that the studio doesn't have a mixer with enough outputs for individual mixes for each of the 4 members of the band. The mixer is a 16 channel Mackie Onyx 1640 with only one stereo output. would there be any way to use this to send 4 individual mono mixes to 4 different speakers?

The studio does have 2 Furman HDS-16 Headphone Distribution Systems. I was wondering if it would be possible to use the line-out jack of the individual Furman headphone mixers to send audio to passive monitors? To be specific, I'd be using 2 passive Yamaha BR15 P/A Speakers and 2 UBL EON 610 Self-Powered Speakers. If this would work with the active speakers, but not the passive ones, I might be able to find 2 more I could use before the stream date.

The control room also has a Neve Genesys G48 console; I was thinking about using the group and auxiliary buses that the board has to send monitoring mixes out through the mic-ties but to be completely honest it I've never used this board before and I won't have access to it until the day of the livestream. I can do research and read manuals and learn online but it's very intimidating to have to learn how to do this and adjust individual mixes and be confident I'd be able to do it in real time without access to the board. I also don't know whether the signal being sent out through the mic ties would be heard through the passive speakers or not. Which brings me to my next question:

Would I encounter latency problems if I just made the monitoring mixes in Pro Tools and sent them out to the band via the mic tie-ins? I don't plan on using any plugins as there is plenty of outboard gear. Again, would the signal being sent out from pro tools be heard through the passive speakers? Would I be able to route the signal through an outboard mic pre and have that work?

Thank you for any help you can provide!
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