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What are the applications of taking the output of an amp with a microphone?

This is standard procedure for electric guitars. See, a guitar amp is almost rather part of the instrument than just a loudspeaker: it critically shapes the sound. You might say the speaker cabinet is ...
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Why can't a pop singer on stage, wearing earpieces, hear someone right next to her?

They are like earbuds but better. You want your in-ear monitors to block sound, because you might want to hear the drums to keep in time but you need to hear the keys/guitar/harmony instrumental and ...
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What are the applications of taking the output of an amp with a microphone?

There are many electrical advantages to "air-gapping" the PA from the backline. You avoid ground loops and other kinds of issues that arise from connecting equipment directly. Even more important, ...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

I think you'll find that this is not limited to rock bands. Any time there are seated musicians in more than one row, it is quite likely that the rows in the back will be elevated. This certainly ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

You may absolutely use a spare guitar amplifier as your personal vocal monitor. Set the amp up clean (no Gain higher than 2, and the Bass, Middle, and Treble at 12 o'clock at first) and run the mono ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

Yes but... My covers band did exactly this for a year or so, until I could afford a couple of reasonable monitors. It certainly works, but there are issues. The most obvious problem is that a guitar ...
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In-ear monitoring - will adding ambient mic help my monitor sound be less isolated

Yes, if you're using IEMs (particularly if you're using them in BOTH ears) mixing in an audience mic is standard technique. IEMs solve many problems. But they put you even MORE at the mercy of the ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

If at all possible, using in-ear monitoring has many benefits over using a speaker of any kind. (You can hear it better and you avoid feedback.) Custom in-ears can be expensive, but there are very ...
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PA Mixer Setup for band

For a venue and audience that size, the most important thing will be making the vocals audible. You should run mono. If you don’t have even small subs then bass and kick drum might not make sense to ...
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Playing concert barefoot

I have seen musicians play on stage while barefoot. It depends on the venue as to whether that is appropriate or not. If you are in a classy music venue (Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe, Red Clay ...
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Playing concert barefoot

Musicians who play barefoot - Sandie Shaw, in the 1960's in the UK; Todd Agnew (US Christian singer) - and probably more. Our drummer plays barefoot so he can feel the pedals better. If electric ...
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Connecting two mixers

The connection between sub-mixer and main mixer doesn't have to be RCA., it could be jack to jack, or XLR. With 50', you may need balanced leads, so it will depend where physically your snake is, or ...
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Why can't a pop singer on stage, wearing earpieces, hear someone right next to her?

Agreeing with Dave. The main point of iems is to block out as much extraneous sound as possible. Otherwise, they have little purpose. Each performer wearing them will request the mix that is most ...
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Taking my own preset digital mixer to a live act - does it work or not?

It's going to get you close, but will still need tweaking for each gig - it might be better to get it right at some of the regular gigs you do, and save those. The sound guys will be able to give a ...
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Stage monitoring for drums - in ear and speakers combined

It isn't very practical but it is good practice by the sound tech to give the musician whatever monitor mix they feel like they want to hear. But I would suggest you just ask for a limiter (which is ...
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Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)

I play in a 90's band. 4-piece band, 2 guitars, bass and drums. Pros: You can hear yourself and each other's vocals much better so singing is improved and harmony blends are better. Stage monitors ...
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What are the applications of taking the output of an amp with a microphone?

This looks like an guitar amplifier. The amplifier is a key part of the sound of an electric guitar. If you want to capture that sound, you need to mic the amp, rather than using a DI. I believe you ...
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Complete setup for stage performances

I would never endeavor to advertise a particular brand, but many companies offer a complete PA System package (Public Address system, which is your multi-channel amplifier, speakers, speaker cables) ...
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Complete setup for stage performances

The chain will start with a mic. Usually in this situation a dynamic mic, which will withstand being dropped, knocked over - basically abused. To obviate this, a decent mic stand is a must. One that ...
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Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)

Tried them a few years back and I found two issues. 1. When playing saxophone you get an effect like singing with your fingers in your ears. Paid quite a bit more for Sensophonic in ear (molded to my ...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

One scenario where it is also very helpful is during festivals. Setting up a drum kit, such that it feels comfortable for the drummer and just "like at home" can take some time. Often they set up the ...
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How do I curtail the reverberation in my church

You can introduce as many bass traps etc. as possible. Simple wall surface treatment doesn't do much. You probably won't be allowed to do this, as the visual aspect of the room will be considerably ...
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Connect an electronic drum kit to a powered speaker

There is only one channel available on the powered speaker. So doing anything 'stereo' is a waste. You have L/mono out of the drum brain. That sums it all together. Use that, and plug into one channel ...
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PA Mixer Setup for band

The objective of a p.a. is to give the audience a good mix of the music being played. An audience of <200 means a fairly small venue, so even a rock band doesn't have to be deafening - particularly ...
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Connect an electronic drum kit to a powered speaker

Since you have one speaker and the Behringer L output doubles as a mono output (L/mono) use choice “2”. All you need is a single mono 1/4” instrument cable. The drum machine will output a mono signal ...
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Why are drum-kits put on risers on stage?

It's mostly for touring. Those megadeck risers normally tour with the band in the backline truck, they have a carpet (Marley) on-top of the wooden deck, it is marked out with coloured gaff tape where ...
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Connect a balanced mono output - to - an unbalanced stereo input?

A normal balanced TRS output is automatically “degraded” to an unbalanced one simply by connecting a TS jack. The way this works is, it forces the ring to ground level, then the tip voltage is Utip = ...
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Inear wired monitor for drummers

I use IEMs for practicing and ear plugs in almost all other situations. The ones I have are custom molded by Future Sonics. Supposedly their IEMs have a bit more low end for drummers. I have not tried ...
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Why if tons of polyphony are not necessary, many brands claim that to more polyphony better samples (sounds)?

I think you are conflating two different issues - though they may well be related in any given make or model of piano. The greater the polyphony, in effect, the longer you can play with the pedal ...
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How to connect this setup, i don't want to blow up something. (RCA to TS) Please advise

Yes, that will be fine. Generally speaking, the only way to cause damage would be to run a speaker output into a line or mic input. (Or to make the speakers do something impossibly loud - always a ...
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