Hope you can help - I'm a newbie who has inherited responsibility for our live sound: we're a four piece covers band playing clubs and pubs, audiences up to 300. We run three vocals, guitar and the kick through the system, everything else is backline. We don't produce a massive volume.
Just bought a pair of Mackie SRM 450s (V1) and used them for the first time on Saturday with our Peavey pv10 mixer. Asked some of our regular fans for their thoughts on the new gear and their comments were that while the sound was loud and clear the lead vocal sounded lifeless and dull. Previously we were using a pair of Electrovoice Sx500s driven by a Europower 1500. We love the sound from the EVs but they are just too big and having actives for both FOH and on stage makes for less gear to store and carry.
Other bands we know swear by the Mackies so perhaps we're not EQing them correctly: any thoughts on what we can do to make the sound better?
I haven't sold the EVs yet and may well go back to them this Saturday.