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Postby Peeb » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:10 am

So what's the best piece of kit that you bought recently for live sound use?

I'll start and I can absolutely say that for us it's the DB Technologies SUB 15 (800W active). Played a wedding gig on Monday and the bass from both the band and the DJ set after was superb!

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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TheChorltonWheelie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:33 am

Peeb wrote:So what's the best piece of kit that you bought recently for live sound use?

I'll start and I can absolutely say that for us it's the DB Technologies SUB 15 (800W active). Played a wedding gig on Monday and the bass from both the band and the DJ set after was superb!

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For sheer "I wasn't expecting that", the Fender Mustang II practice amp - loud enough to gig, good enough for rehearsal/recording.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TheChorltonWheelie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:35 am

Oh, and I've just started to use the Zoom R16 for live tracks too, that's a really nice piece of kit and well worth the £250!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby shufflebeat » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:46 am

Finally tidied away the soft furnishings and bought a Reflexion project filter. All my mics sound different and more distinct from each other.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby MarkOne » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:28 am

I'm still rather enamoured of my Boss VE20 vocal effects pedal.

With a little work, really believable vocal harmonies live.

Oh and it turned out to be a loper too - Bargain!

The ElectroVoice D767 I got with it is a great live mic. I prefer it to a 58
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TheChorltonWheelie » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:47 am

MarkOne wrote:The ElectroVoice D767 I got with it is a great live mic. I prefer it to a 58

+1 on that, we've switched over to those (with D5's too).
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby grab » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:28 pm

Lights, starcloth, banner, and various metalwork to hold it all up. Looks good!

Soundwise, I'm still liking my AE3300 and AE5400. Lovely mics for a quieter stage.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Mike Sullivan » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:29 pm

Gear wise, probably the best piece is my Mackie 1604...Not the best, but better than using a cheap Behringer Xenyx mixer...lol

Overall, the >$50 DJ skirt I made myself out of 1/2" PVC, some fittings, cloth, & iron-on velcro.

I added the velcro after this picture, so it doesn't look completely neat, but I'll copy some pictures of it after the velcro was added. Looks alot better.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby DPoll » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:31 pm

Def my fohhn xt3-ND's. They sound so lovely and I very rarely require any significant corrective room eq these days and my feedback destoryer is almost redundant now.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:38 pm

24 channel Presonus StudioLive run from an iPad, Audix OM7 microphones, Sennheiser G3 radio packs........................ Long Black

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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:41 pm

iceman1575 wrote:Overall, the >0 DJ skirt I made myself out of 1/2" PVC, some fittings, cloth, & iron-on velcro.Image

Nice!

I like to use black polar fleece for throws, skirts, just bought a bunch more, cheap, can be cut anyway and doesn't need hemming....................

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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:56 pm

Complete d&b E9 / E15 system with P1200 for under £2000 :)
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:57 pm

Oh and a two d&b MAX12 monitors for £200 each !!!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby dickiefunk » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:18 pm

I recently bought a JBL EON 518S sub and have been really impressed with it so far.
We use it when we mike kick drum and put bass through the PA at larger gigs.
The EON 518S is amazingly light and is lighter than every passive sub I've used so far! I'm able to carry this sub by myself.
Because this sub is SO light I wasn't expecting anything great from it's sound but so far it's sounded superb!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Dave Rowles » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:21 pm

IEM attachement for my ACS ear plugs.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby turbodave » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:59 pm

Completely replugged my power leads with new rubber permaplugs......safe!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Mike Stranks » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:48 pm

... nice little SR Technology sub at a bargain price on EBay...
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby robare99 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:37 pm

Been waiting to upgrade my rig. I've been prepping for it, for the last 7-8 months. Slowly buying all the needed pieces of the puzzle.

I currently run a Yorkville PowerMax16 for my mixer. Powered with 2 - 800W @ 4ohms amps for FOH built in, and a YP800 2 - 400 @ 8ohms channels running monitor duty.

I've slowly acquired:

QSC RMX 2450 - 650w @ 4ohms x 2 channels for FOH
QSC CX404 - 250w @ 8ohms x 4 channels for monitors
QSC RMX 1450 - 260W @ 8ohms x 2 channels for monitors

EWI 100' 24x8 snake
Mac Mini computer
CP850 AVR LCD UPS

All in preparation for my new mixer, which should arrive within 2 weeks:

A Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2


Instead of getting it all at once $$$$$$ I just slowly bought each piece as I found a good price. Everything is paid for, and the store is taking my board in on trade for the SL, and I'll pay the difference. This will give me more channels, I can sell my outboard gear, have up to 6 independent monitor mixes, the ability to record, etc etc.

So it's an understatement to say I'm pretty excited!!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Paul Soundscape » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:21 pm

iPad2 - remote for M7CL LS9 and iLive!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Mike Sullivan » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:23 pm

Bob Bickerton wrote:
iceman1575 wrote:Overall, the >0 DJ skirt I made myself out of 1/2" PVC, some fittings, cloth, & iron-on velcro.Image

Nice!

I like to use black polar fleece for throws, skirts, just bought a bunch more, cheap, can be cut anyway and doesn't need hemming....................

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For what it was worth, it was worth it. It works for what I need.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:12 pm

Looking good to me :)
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:52 pm

iceman1575 wrote:
Overall, the >0 DJ skirt I made myself out of 1/2" PVC, some fittings, cloth, & iron-on velcro.

I added the velcro after this picture, so it doesn't look completely neat, but I'll copy some pictures of it after the velcro was added. Looks alot better.

I'm *so* glad you included that picture, I wasn't sure what a DJ skirt was but I'd conjured up some options based on your spec.
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:56 am

i take it it all folds down and fits into a small car ?
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby forumuser637535 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:06 am

Peeb wrote:So what's the best piece of kit that you bought recently for live sound use?

I'll start and I can absolutely say that for us it's the DB Technologies SUB 15 (800W active). Played a wedding gig on Monday and the bass from both the band and the DJ set after was superb!

Next!

I also bought this sub, and love it. Used it at a gig in Glasgow's old Fruitmarket the other day, with a couple of Yamaha S115s powered by a dynacord powermate 1000, and it sounded great. Filled the room reasonably well, even for DJ, with the yamahas working full range with the sub in support. The yams have such a strong top end, that it balanced out nicely. People were still able to have a conversation with the bar staff without yelling, but then that's the way I like it!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Maplewood Studio - Stick » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:34 am

My Event Opals were my last major purchase, soooooo nice to work with, everyone that hears them want's a pair! I'll probably be getting the Waves MPX next, tried the demo and it sounds great!

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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:04 am

Its seems we're on a d&b roll at the moment having just picked up two stacks of C7 last night :) Cant wait for the weekend now !! !!
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby Dave K » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:13 pm

A pair of TC Helicon VSM-300's at a very good price
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby forumuser879868 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:16 pm

Tried it at the frankfurter messe, works fantastic.
saving up for one as we speak.

as for my best recent buy?
a pair of Beta57's I guess.
very useful multi-purpose mic, vocals guitar cabs, snare, percussion etc.
and as a bonus, better gain to feedback ratio than sm58 due to hyper-cardioid.
always have a pair with me (I'm a freelance sound technician)
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby robare99 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:29 pm

So the gear is all here, been using it lots and loving it!!!

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Also bought an iPad 1 (64gb 3G) to control the mixer
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And now I'm upgrading my amps from the QSC's
To Peavey IPR's

Before:
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After:

IPR3000 for mains
2 - IPR1600's for monitors
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I still need one more IPR1600 to give me 6 monitor capabilities, and I'll be picking that up on Oct 28. So it's been a busy couple of months. After that, I'm pretty much set, though I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiight consider a couple wireless mics to round things out....
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Re: Best piece of kit you bought recently?

Postby TSH-Tim » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:27 pm

Now this is simple for me :) = d&b C7 PA System

Brought some B2's as well but for the time being they will be run on A1 mainframes due to the cost of D12's :frown:

It sounds like a Opus audio CS system but louder & lighter :) Oh and it was cheap-ish
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