Suitability of a T1 Tonematch
As you may know, I am a Bose L1mk2 plus 2xB1’s and two T1 Tonematch mixer owner, for the last 9yrs or so.
And happily so !
I have a question related to getting a Tonematch mixer for my local church. I’m the only one they know that knows about musical equipment, hence asking me !
They have a complicated set-up for mics for inside the church - but the mixer section they have, I believe is pretty poor and I know they should be able to do better, with a T1 Tonematch. I’m trying to keep the cost down for them, either giving them my T1 (as I’ve just bought the new T8S 8-channel Tonematch), or getting them a used one (so I can keep mine !!).
I’ll give you some background below, so you have some more detail BUT the question relates to their choice of 4-channel mixer, and should a T1 Tonematch give all the features that they are getting with their current mixer, as I know the Tonematch will give so much more in terms of EQ etc otherwise.
So basically though, my question is this : Can theTonematch T1 do all the absolutely necessary things their “system” needs as a bare minimum ?
Basically, can I swap the T1 WITH the mixer they use (a Shure SCM268) mixer (4 mic channels, with just volume controls, no EQ what so ever !), that currently only outputs the whole audio mix (to the power amps and speakers) via a single XLR Master output socket AND a Aux mono phono output socket (presumably gives the same mix as the Master Output mix) that is used to send audio to the church’s Loop Induction system, for hearing aid wearers ???????
Detail : large traditional stone-built Catholic church, with internal walls, all bare stone.
Altar at front has a set of wall-mounted Bose speakers (not sure what model, but looks old enough- at least 10yrs old, maybe 20) either side of the Altar, another set of (name not known speakers) wall-mounted speakers, a third of the way down the church, and a new set of modern wall-mounted speakers, two-thirds down the church.
I have to say, the Bose speakers by far sound the best amd warmest out of the three pairs of speakers - and are probably the oldest set !!
Inside the Sacristry, there is a rack-mount set of gear :
1. Bose power amp or just pre-amp (not sure which, but I presume came with, and specifically matched to the Bose speakers). The model is “Bose 402C Systems Controller”
2. Two 2-channel power amps - one has both channels connected to speakers (Yamaha P1600 power amp), one I think is just for the newest set of speakers, only using one channel (W-Audio EPX500).
3. Induction Loop system for hearing aid wearings in the church - it just has a single phono socket input
4. Shure 4-channel mic mixer - Shure SCM268
5. Dual-Time corrector - a digital delay device to delay the audio signal to the newest and furthest back speakers, so that audio from those back speakers comes out at about the same time as the audio from the speakers nearer e frot of the chirch, so less muddy sound - this may or may not contribute to potential feedback issues !
6. One Lapel-mic, one Lecturn mic (currently, they are using my AKG 1000 condensor mic), and two Sennheiser hand-held radio-mics
7. Two receiver units that came with the radio-mics. The Priest’s lapel-mic is also a wireless radio-mic and connects to the same Sennheiser receivers, so I assume they were all sold together, and all same brand. The receivers are currently high up on the side wall of the alter, where the signal was found to be best in all locations for the mics. The radio-mic receivers have a single Balanced/Unbalanced output TRS jack socket each BUT are currently wired up with MONO jack leads, with the cables going through a hole drilled in the floor, directly into the Sacristry below, plastered around the cable for no gaps - NOT ideal. I have suggested the hole needs reopened and proper balanced TRS cables used !
So, I wonder WHY the previous sound engineer (probably not actually a real one !) has gone for this fairly expensive Shure mixer, that offers zero flexibility for individual EQ. The Priest’s lapel-mic is very trebly and prone to feedback, especially with sibilants (words with a strong S in it). It is also quite susceptible to noice from the Priest’s vestments/clothing. This mic especially could benefit from advanced EQ capabilities that the T1 Tonematch could offer.
Is there some feature in the Shure SCM268 mic mixer needed eg. for the radio-mics and/or Induction Loop system, that the T1 mixer can not match ???
Can I use the T1’s Aux output to send a full audio mix signal to the Induction Loop system (using a jack-to-phono-plug adapter), perhaps ???
Many thanks for your help. Lots of detail here but the real question is will the T1 mixer do whatever the Shure mixer is doing ? The Shure mixer has an “individual transformer” for each channel - this seems to be it’s main feauture. I’m not sure if this is something special to the average mixer, AND a T1 Tonematch, or if the T1 will cope 100% with the requirements.
Many thanks again !
PS. I have a Feedback-Buster rack mount device that might be useful for when the Priest walks about with his lapel-mic and/or hand-held mics ???