Impromptu neighborhood Friday evening front porch concert
We just acquired a second S1 and have been anxious to test it out with our acoustic folk duo with our other S1, but like everybody, all of our near term concerts have been cancelled. So we decided to hold a Friday evening front porch concert at our house for our neighborhood and use the new setup.
Wow it was amazing. Not only to play for neighbors passing by (we kept everyone at a safe distance outside) who’ve been cooped up all week, but the setup and sound were so nice. We used Xvive U3s on the two Sm 58 Beta mics, a Xvive U2 on one guitar and a Getaria 2.4GHZ wireless system (which I found on Amazon US for $40!) on the other guitar. Both S1s on battery. Nothing else.
With this setup, we can now setup anywhere! Not sure how robust the Getaria will be, but it sounded just as good as the Xvive U2. It didn’t have an elegant channel selection feature like the U2 and we weren’t in a challenging wireless environment, so I’d prefer the U2 in general. But for $40 and casual use, hmmm.
A side note on both the wireless guitar systems, they both produced a slight hum on the one guitar that has a built in preamp. My guitar with a passive K&K had no issues. You could position the transmitter away from the guitar body to minimize the hum to the point you wouldn’t hear it while playing. You could probably cable to a stomp box tuner and put the transmitter on the tuner out to get it away from the preamp in the guitar and I bet that would eliminate the slight hum completely, but I didn’t actually try that.
So we had a great evening playing music for folks and helped them out of their shelter in place doldrums. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.