Anything that changes the natural sounds of my instruments I don't use.
To amplify Anarchestra live I use three mixers / amplifiers / pairs of speakers.
All the instruments are routed through Behringer DI800 (8 channel)
direct boxes and patched to the mixers through EMI stage snakes
available from Audiopile (a wonderful source for cables, inexpensive,
good quality, mom & pop biz). I got these because they were
inexpensive and I’m very happy with them. The DI800 has a
virtually silent 20db gain switch on each channel which allows me to
use minimal gain on the mixers. This has been a godsend, as the
preamp hiss from so many instruments used to drive me crazy.
For the basses I use a soundcraft E12 Folio mixer, an old ampeg B4 bass
amp, a david eden 2-10 cabinet and a Madison 15" + horn cabinet.
All these components are remnants from other projects and, if I had the
money, I’d replace them. Still they sound okay. This is a
Basses: (7) Soundcraft E12 / Ampeg / Madison / Eden (A)
For the non-bass strings and I use a Mackie 1604, with a Mackie m800
power amp, and 15" JBL soundfactor cabinets. At one point this
was the entire PA for all the instruments. I’m fairly happy with
this set-up, but the 1604 (ten years old) is starting to get noisy and
doesn’t compare in quality to the MixWizard (brit EQ –I don’t want to
live without it, particularly for the quirky sounds of idiophones and
Strings: (14) 1604 / m800 / JBL (B)
For the idiophones and mic’d instruments I use an Allen & Heath
MixWizard 16:2 board (I love this) with a QSC amp and
vintage Yamaha Cabinets.
Idiophones: (14) MW16:2 / QSC 1450 / Yamaha (C)
Pretty (how) Town
Trinidad & Tobago
If I could afford it, I’d add another system for the microphones.
As it stands all the winds use three, which isn’t nearly enough.
Flutes / Whistles (6)
Ocarina Tree (4)
Panic 1 & 2 (2)
It would be more modern and efficient to run everything through a
single system, but, to my ears, as this tendency has grown with bands
and venues, some of the personalities of individual instruments has
been lost and a slightly oppressive homogeneity of sound has
evolved. With so many instruments competing for space in the
bandwidths even with a magnificent single system some of the autonomy
of individual sounds I value would end up being lost.
Lilly, Snarl, & Dink
Guiroshaklave & BMC