Help me improve my live sound quality!
Years and years ago, my church built this sound system. We do a few musical performances every now and again, but our hall is quite small and isn’t very nice acoustically, nor is it designed for performance (as far as staging/seating). But we’re experiencing that FOR those performances, the quality of the audio is EXTREMELY subpar, especially when it comes to backing tracks and recorded audio. A LOT of hiss, and we can’t get the volume loud enough without distorting, and that’s a risk not worth taking. In a way, when you want to make things a bit special with some nice, rehearsed music, it's a real let-down when thesound quality is just too bad to listeners to enjoy what they're hearing.
Here are our components. I haven’t had a chance to tinker with any settings at all, but I’m thinking just from looking at these nice components that a lot can be done just with what we have to make big improvements before spending a dime.
2x Shure PGX2 wireless mics + recievers —>
Mackie 1202-VLZ mixer (Analog) —>
dbx ZonePRO 640 DSP —>
Two large signal amps - not sure what brand/model —>
Several (3 or 5 pairs) Atlas SM52T’s (5.25")
I reckon it’s the end of the chain - the Altas speakers - that’s translating all of the sound produced by these pretty reasonably high quality components from reputable brands into horrible, quickly distorted, non-dynamic, non-detailed and very shallow sound at the point where things need to sound their BEST. I mean, the stuff I own in my home studio costs a fraction of this and I get FAR better sound!
From my understanding, these speakers are of good quality but are designed for outdoors use where there’s no need for necessarily HIGH quality audio (I'm thinking a good balance of trebles/mids/lows, low noise, how high dB it can take before distorting), NOT for indoors or outdoors PERFORMANCE where sound quality IS the priority.
I want to get the best sound possible BEFORE I pitch any ideas of spending money, and I feel like I could come pretty far but it seems like the speakers will be a hurdle. We have around $720 tucked away for that purchase, and if we sell off the speakers we have, we may be able to get another $300 or $400 on top of that. Our main "media guy" wants to go to a full-wireless setup - which mostly only applies to the mixer, for which I'm recommending we buy an Audiobox VSL system, but we're also open to other options there as well for some years down the road.
If anyone has any recommendations on how I should get started setting things up/tearing things down, I’m open to trying things. :)
MXL 990, MXL R80, 2 x MXL Tempo XLRs, Cobalt Co9, SM48, iSK StarlightCans:
Hifiman HE4XX, AKG M220Gear:
Cakewalk BBL - PreSonus Firepod - Alesis Elevate 3 - Axiom 49DAW:
Win10, AMD FX-8300, 16GB DDR3