gsc1ugs wrote:I'm not going down the road of hiring someone in, im on here to get educated i thought that was its purpose...
Yes and no.
Clearly there are very helpful people here who know what they are talking about and are willing to share that knowledge. And that's great. I think all of us here have learned a lot over the years from each other...
But at the same time, there is a great potential for cycles of confusion and frustration resulting from misrepresentation of situations, equipment and underpinning knowledge (accidentally or deliberately), leading to further misunderstandings and confusion....
For example, a questioner may not describe the true situation accurately -- perhaps because they don't appreciate the relevance of certain elements and facts -- or leave out critical details, leading to false assumptions on the part of the respondents and inappropriate advice being given, and thus more confusion and unhappiness.
Or advice given might be misunderstood or applied inexpertly, again leading to disappointment and confusion, and more questions now based on more misunderstandings.
The inevitable result is the spiralling cycle we see in your own posts which cover the same basic ground over and over again, randomly trying new things or exploring new directions without any real understanding and application of the required principles and techniques needed to achieve the desired goals.
I've lost track of the number of mics, mixers and speakers that have been discussed, and apparently bought, tried and discarded... When, in reality, most systems can deliver reasonable results if used appropriately and skilfully. But these things are hard -- if not impossible -- to learn just from remote words on a screen.
In contrast, an hour or two spent in the company of a professional or experienced amateur who could demonstrate the best practices and problem solving techniques, and answer specific practical questions face to face, and find an appropriate solution for your specific situations, requirements and expectations would be far more effective than years fumbling around in any forum debating half-understood concepts while drowning in a sea of frustration.
Don't get me wrong -- I absolutely applaud your desire to learn and master this all yourself. But I can sense the growing frustration and confusion, and so I would urge you to seek out someone who could show you in person exactly what is possible for given budget levels, and what is actually required if it is employed correctly and intelligently in each situation. It would be a very worthwhile investment in my opinion.