Originally Posted by stpaulboca
I get these mailings all the time claiming that there is a sound board that mixes sound and stuff automatically and saves from feedback, user error, muting on/off issues.
Is this gear actually worth while?
Just looking for opinions...we are limited on volunteers at the moment.
Just to drag this back on topic, the problem with anything automated, is that generally automation is reactive, where as a human operator is proactive. When the sound operator sees old Miss Travis go up to the microphone, chances are they already know what to set the fader to, so that Miss Travis sounds something akin to normal. They already know that Miss. Travis makes up for the lack of quality in her singing voice with quantity
. A machine doesn't know, what is coming next, it doesn't see someone approaching a microphone, it doesn't know what their voice sounds like, so it reacts to the input.
A good sound system, with a good operator is never heard. If you can tell that the sound is being reinforced, then the system is either not working properly or the operator isn't doing his/her job properly.