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Live mix: EQ Equipment or EQ on computer
Old 11th September 2011
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Live mix: EQ Equipment or EQ on computer

Ok, my first post. I'm not exactly a 'newbe' because I've been playing for many years, but there's some new tech out there and I'm new to that. I haven't seen this question posed yet.

Typically, it's live acoustic music for me. No fancy electronics. If I record, I let a studio do that. Shure betas into a Mackie FX board out to QSC powered speakers.

My dilemma? I'm in the market for a 31 band stereo eq, or maybe a stereo parametric for live gigs. However...

I've seen folks mix live on a laptop, eqs and all the 'works in a box'. Do I enter the 21st Century and make the leap to a computer, or go with the old faithful? I'm a computer tech, so the 'tech' part doesn't scare me.

I need to know what getting a computer setup entails. Obviously, a laptop is needed (pc), but what about software? What kind(s)? How does the sound from the channels get from the board to the computer which has a stereo input?

Please advise...equipment, cost etc. What's the low, mid, high, costs involved? Or is it better to stick to the regular equipment?
Thanks.
Ron
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