Bruce Weldy wrote:
They have a place, just not in the stuff I do. And you will never cross an individual mic cable on my stage. I use stage snakes and have many different lengths of mic cables to keep from having a mess. I'm a bit anal about doing things right. Not always easy with a ton of acts coming through....thank goodness that I rarely ever do those shows.
It definitley depends on the environment. Dealing with wireless is almost a neccecity in church sound, for instance. I don't know many preachers that will carry around a 58 on a wire. With modern worship styles you often get 8-10 people singing on mic simultaneously... that's a lot of cables... and if they start moving around , things get tangled up quickly. Wireless definently helps there.
And... it comes with its share of headaches and expenses. I own about 20 wireless systems, almost half of which are 600mhz. Fortunately I don't have a lot of money in those, and they have paid for themselves, but it's still going to be financially hard to replace them. I probably won't until I have to, but that time is fast approaching. I already have church clients having problems.
Yeah, I worked in a church for a couple of years.....all the preachers used wireless headsets and there was one handheld. The preacher's mics were attached to 'em, so they kept up with 'em. The handheld ended up in all kinds of places.....it was often used when I wasn't there.
And don't even get me started on wireless guitar systems.....actually, I should say - guitar/bass players
who insist on using wireless guitar systems and don't maintain them or put new batteries in them. Then I'm trying to chase down the problem in the middle of the third song.
Was once mixing in a local club here. During soundcheck, the bass player was getting a really weak, scratchy signal. I started trouble-shooting the cables, direct box, his amp......finally asked him when he last changed the battery in his active bass........he said, "what battery?" Another problem solved....that shouldn't have been a problem in the first place.