Originally Posted by Arlin
Thinking about trying to set-up some sort of distributed music server/player system in our facility. Mostly, between the children's worship area & the sanctuary so we could share music without using a cd or jump drive sneaker net.
Has anyone done anything similar?
The Denon DN-C640
looks interesting, but slightly pricey at ~$800 each (but not outrageous IMO).
We also were kicking around some sort of 'cloud' option like the amazon drive, but that is dependent on the internet & I'm not sure how well the cloud apps would work in this sort of environment.
Any other suggestions?
It all depends on what your trying to do, there are a couple of options:
1) If you want sound in different parts of the building, from what is live in the sanctuary, then you need a board that has two monitors, since monitors can usually be mono, this works fine. One monitor goes to the stage speakers, the second monitor goes to the speakers that are in areas like the Childrens Worship area and the nursery, these should be powered speakers with built in amplifiers, so that they have their own volume control, allowing those areas to turn down the service when it's not appropriate.
2) If you want to play different music in the sanctuary and children's area, what you really want is a file server with the music on it, then recycle a couple of older PC's with speakers, as music players. You can feed sound from a PC into your board, you just need a cable that goes from a stereo mini plug to a pair of 1/4" standard plugs. You may be able to use your main service computer for this, just needs a network connection. Side benefit, if you have internet, that can feed through the same network connection.