I'm a very new KJ and I haven't had a chance to build up my equipment yet as some other KJ's have. I have some very loud singers who think that the mic should be glued to their mouths when they hit a powerful note. Turning down the mic volumes don't help and I know this is very rough on my speakers. Is there any type of equipment that I should purchase to take care of this problem? Also, I was wondering if someone could recommend a floor type speaker, preferably with individual volume controls so the singer(s) can hear what they sound like. Thanks!!!
You didn't mention what other equipment you have as far as mixer (and everything else for that matter). Definately would use a compressor/limiter. dbx 266XL, only a 2 channel model, but a very nice unit for the price. Again, with a monitor, would need to know the rest of your equipment for recommendations.
would add to also talk to the singers to get them to possibly back off a bit - i've been able to get some of them to think about it and change their habits; really helps.
i think a monitor comes in handy not only for "normal" singers and mixing, but for those that may have had a few too many, so to speak, and want to "crank it up" - bring up the monitor and satisfy them without blowing everyone else in the bar away. could not get by without one.
i have come across a few singers though, that seem to not even need a mic in the smaller bars; very loud, and disturbing at times.
Use of a compressor/limiter will protect your equipment, protect your audience and your own sanity. Lowering the volume stifles the softer voices, so you have to constantly ride the knob. With a compressor those voices will be heard but the loud voices will be held to the limit you set. By catching the offending signal before it enters your system you prevent the amp from clipping and sending distortion to your speakers. I use the dbx myself. Works fine.
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