Full-time magician shares his portable audio setup.

By Peter Mennie

Take a look at my portable audio setup and if you have any questions or comments let me know in the comments!

A worker’s audio setup.

What did you think?

  • Artemus

    Great exposè Peter, thanks. I have a fondness for Behringer too. I’m going to look into the Shark, thanks.

    • Peter Mennie (author)

      Go easy with it. The only caveat against it is that it doesn’t reset itself so if you use it a lot, your sound quality will suffer a bit. Use it as a failsafe in addition to proper eq.

  • Peter Mennie (author)

    I hope so. There is compression and low filter built into the Mackie mixer. I’m sure it will be the next step.

  • mjlauck

    That is an impressive little rig (and I have seen my share of rigs; I was a technician at Ampeg for a few years dealing with their VIP clients like The Who, The Stones and Metallica). You haven’t had any issues with the Behringer Skark unit? My experience with Behringer is that their quality is questionable at best, but I probably haven’t touched anything with their name on it in a decade!

    • Peter Mennie (author)

      Thank you Michael. Coming from your experience, I consider that a great compliment! I have to run everything myself – including EQ – and as such don’t have the luxury of an onsite technician a lot of the time. The Shark does a fairly decent job of feedback suppression and compression, and that’s all I use it for. Plus it is the only non-rack mount unit that I have found. The only negative I have found is that in some situations, the signal quality gets reduced if the feedback is more prevalent. Once it takes out the particular frequency, it keeps it out and continues to scan. Sometimes the human voice then gets less dynamic. But there is no other alternative – yet.

      • mjlauck

        When there is, it wouldn’t surprise me if the alternative was software based. Motorola, in particular, is doing some amazing noise reduction work in their 2-way public safety radio products… not only for the field user but for the crowded dispatch centers (which work through a computer interface, not a traditional radio).

    • Ryan Joyce

      I’m out of touch now, but I still have all the gear from my touring days. Quality gear (Crown Amps, mixer is Yamaha O1v) and affordable gear. The guy who fixed all our gear cranked open the Behringer amp and Crown amp side-by-side. He was impressed. I changed my mind about Behringer.

      The feedback destroyer is a great idea to avoid those terrible squeels!

  • Peter Mennie (author)

    Thanks Ryan. It has taken me years to get this small.

  • Ryan Joyce

    Impressive Peter! I thought I had my shit together with the audio setup– but there are some tools here that I’ve never even seen before (and I’ll be purchasing– like a feedback destroyer!)

    Great video!

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