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Wanlu
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IMHO, no matter how good your materials are or no matter how nice your vent figure is... if you don't invest in a really strong sound system for ALL your gigs, people might not appreciate your act well.

For me, it's not enough that the audience can hear you, an audience will enjoy your act more if the sound they are hearing is pleasant to their ears and not just loud enough to be heard. I test my sound quality before an actual show to make sure the voice is not too treblish or too heavy on the bass.. Every venue is different so settings would also be different for each venue. The volume of people in a particular venue is also an important factor. I also have my own sound technician for my shows, I don't rely on the venue's sound technician because they don't know the settings I use.

I always use my own sound system unless of course if the set up in the venue is stronger and better in sound quality. Smile
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I use Mipro:
http://www.mipro.com.tw/link/2_2_ma101.htm

I think it's an OEM as Fender also have the same "casing".

But this is good as this is meant for tradeshow presentation, which means that it will be loud and clear, even in a crowd environment. I have been using this for the past 10 years and it has worked for up to even 50+ people. Typical side of a birthday party.

I'm saving up for Mipro 202:
http://www.mipro.com.tw/link/2_2_ma202.htm

This is even better than Mipro 101.
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tacrowl
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Nice Ony! Never saw that one.

I've been using an Anchor Extreme system since I started doing Vent. It is made for the speaking voice and provides a crisp clean sound. You can also adjust treble and bass as mentioned by Wanlu. The best thing for me, it has a switch that allows you to "Throw" the sound. In an outdoor setting, that allows me to be heard further without blowing out the audience near the front. I don't know the technical info on how it works, just that it does. Turning that off gives a wider spread and is perfect for banquet or indoor settings.

As I move deeper into the corporate market, I find most events hire a sound company. That saves me the hassle of carrying and setting up a system. There is nothing like walking into a venue and finding everything you need set and ready to go.

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Wanlu
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For big events, a pro sound set up is usually hired by the events organizer. My problem with that is sometimes the crew manning the sound booth think they know the correct sound setting but they don't. At least not for a ventriloquist, these so called sound pros usually work with singers who most of the time like reverb effects. Like what happened to me last Wednesday, I arrived early in the venue and did my usual sound test. We adjusted the settings to my preference with the help of their technician. When the actual show began, the setting has been changed resulting to feedback and distorted sound. Apparently, their 2nd technician changed the settings. The first few minutes of the show were crazy, I actually had to walk off stage and had my personal sound tech re adjust settings again before we continued. Good thing the crowd was a dream crowd for a ventriloquist, if you know what I mean. Smile

In an event that the sound set up is stronger than my Peavey Escort, we use their set up but insist that my own sound man handles the booth during my set. Another concern when we do this is how to ask this arrangement from the event organizer without offending their sound crew but most of time, they do understand why we ask such arrangement and most of the time they welcome such arrangement.
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Thanks, Tom. Another nice thing about my portable system is that it's also designed for the voice, for speaking activities, that's why it really doesn't need bass/treble adjustments--although you can (it has controls). And since I don't use recorded music/songs in my act, and I travel A LOT, this small system is perfect for my own need... And yes for my corporate gigs I, too, doesn't usually have problems in amplification.
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I smiled reading that Wanlu - because I've been there. For some reason, sound techs feel like they HAVE to play with the board or they aren't doing their job. I had that happen at a corporate event where someone accidentally hit the board and changed levels. Rather than tell me, the sound tech decided to guess the settings and adjust on the fly. The first ten minutes of the set, 90% of the audience couldn't hear me - which resulted in a less than perfect show. The client was extremely upset - but not with me. I ended up getting a glowing review.

Can't tell you the number of times I've set a level for music and told them to leave it alone. Because they have to be "pros" they end up muting it and then forgetting to turn it back on. I hit my music and nothing. Happened at VentHaven. I've since learned to carry on rather than say anything. The goal is making sure the audience doesn't know anything is wrong.

There is a lot to be said for carrying your own sound tech. Must be nice to be rich and famous!
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Wanlu
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Exactly Tom! Smile

If an event's own sound crew handle the board, voice settings change several times during my 20 minute act... I don't know why they have to adjust it again and again and again Smile I mean, sure, adjust the volume level if you think the voice or the music is too loud or too soft, but why adjust voice settings again and again and again? Smile

By the way, my own sound tech is my son Kim Smile it's not like I hire a really pro sound tech ( I would if I can afford one) but my son knows exactly how I need to sound during my act. We also managed to make hand signals so I can signal if I want the volume up or down...

... Kim also knows the exact cue for music and sound effects which I rely heavily on in my act. Smile
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I also have in reserve an Anchor Liberty (in the Extreme family) and a Sound Projections system..each having about 200 watts. Great for outdoor shows, but kinda heavy for hauling around in schools or libraries. That's why I switched to the Anchor Explorer Pro..great sound, lightweight, and not a bad price tag. I got my system from my friend Joe Lefler.

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Wanlu
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Last Sunday, I arrived in a party, quite a big venue. The emcee/ magician who happens to be a friend of mine was using a really annoying sound system. The sound was terrible and the speakers were not properly positioned. The people at tha far end of the party had a world of their own because they can hardly hear the emcee. Of course I had to set up my own sound system and trust me, there was a big difference as far as how the audience reacted during his set and mine.


I've checked out both the Anchor and the Amplivox over the internet and both look impressive. I think the fact that both were designed for the voice makes the big difference. 

Aside from my Peavey Escort, I ordered 2 powered speakers named Auro and a mixer. I hope they are as good as what the ads say.
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I have the Tech MP3 player, used with the PA system, I am able to cue, raise or lower the sound when necessary using a wireless fob sitting on the table next to me while I perform;If I am working with Ban and both hands are busy, I have a fob on my ankle to start and stop the music

The problem with the Tech MP3 is it needs power, using an inverter solves the problem if I don’t have 110 volts;

I have been lucky so far that I have been able to use a cart with everything I am using to roll the equipment to where I am performing and set up in minutes.
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