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Using RTA and Smaart outdoors
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Joined: 16/03/2012 18:03:04
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I'm borrowing an RTA mic tomorrow that I'm going to use for a show. Outdoors show, using my 4 KW153's and 4 KW181's. Probably don't necessarily need it but I'm gonna play with the settings a bit, especially for the monitors. Any tips or tricks?

Joined: 18/05/2011 16:55:27
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Not really all that different from using it indoors, except you may need a windscreen for the mic if there's a breeze. In fact, even with a windscreen you will pick up wind noise so make sure you crank up the Smaart signal so it's well over the wind noise.

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I think your assumption that you don't need it outside is flawed. If your EQ is set up from an indoor venue, outside will sound horrible.

Also, if you have a DriveRack in the system, this is the perfect place to set that up.
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Joined: 21/09/2010 03:56:19
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For FOH strait out from the left speaker, 25 feet or so or in about the center plane of the crowd. You also have the option to try multiple locations and average the sound over a greater area (If you have the time and can get away with's annoying)

If it's the 16.4.2 you can change from wide to narrow filter slope and deal with narrower anomalies, with the 24.4.2 you of course get fully parametric Eq's but this can make it a much longer process as you "play" with the "Q" to get it just right...

For the monitors, place the mic about where the head will be. Use the HPF and set it pretty high (I generally set it around 225hz in order to get 3dB down @ 100-120 hz because of the limited 6dB/ octave slope. This will help to limit the stage din, and lower the amount of low end on stage, making for a cleaner mix, and the ability to use less FOH volume to climb over the stage volume.

Be mindful of the monitor position, mic type position (cardioid mics monitor in position there butt end of mic is pointing at the monitor.. at the base end of the mic stand, and Super cardioid and Hypercardioid mics with the monitors in the 10 and/or 2 O-clock position)

Volume doesn't skew the results like it does on RTA based measurement systems (like dbx driverack) but as josjor said you need to get above the DIN to get an accurate read.

It's kind of like a video game, and you'd be surprised at how much the low end can affect the upper trace as you try and get the trace as flat as possible.

Note here that if your having difficulty with a bump in the crossover region and no amount of equalization will help it may be that the driver polarity is reversed on one or the other.

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Joined: 29/07/2010 08:42:15
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EQ outdoors, using your system processor. That is your default EQ.

You then use external (or console output) EQ to make changes that are necessary for each venue.
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