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A couple of additional points about the Behringer 1002b.

I use EBL rechargeable 9V batteries.  I have done 3 hour gigs with this mixer and the batteries still had sufficient charge to go longer.  I carry an extra set of three charged batteries but haven't yet had to use them.

Another interesting feature is that input channels 3, 4 and 5 can accept a microphone (XLR) input AND a 1/4" input as each of those channels has a separate parallel trimmer for each input so as long as the same EQ settings work for both inputs to that channel, you actually have an 8 channel mixer.

If they'd made the same mixer with decent efx (at least a nice reverb) built in I'd call it the perfect battery powered mixer.

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PS: The small Swiss Army Knife that I always carry with me (with screwdriver/nail file) is perfect for removing the battery cover on the Behringer 1002b (along with many other things).

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Hi Dave, Chet.

Thanks for the ideas about a mixer. For this application - I don't want to add a piece of gear that we would have to share. It adds to the choreography of avoidance and distancing. 

I've already got ToneMatch mixers (a T1 would probably do the job), and for about the same money as the Behringer 1002b, I can probably get a unit with a battery with pure sine wave inverter built-in.  Then the creeping incrementalism sets in. If I was going to go that route (ToneMatch mixer), I'd be tempted to take an L1 Compact. And then with AC power available, I'd run a different guitar rig, and it goes on from there.

Nope. Rather than use a mixer, I'd prefer that every performer bring whatever they need with them, take responsibility for their sound and how they sit in the mix. I know musicians can mix themselves especially musicians who are used to playing acoustically in small ensembles.

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On another note, we started off with the intention of playing for the shut-ins under lock-down. People are asking for videos and pictures - offering to come and take care of that.

People are asking about our schedule so they can swing by to watch and listen, other musicians want to join in. 

In normal times, this would all be great, but we can't afford to draw attention to what we're doing, and we certainly can't draw a crowd.  We'd be shut down in a heartbeat.

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The attached photo was from March of 2019. We had to play an engagement party, but were surprised to find the power tap was dead. So...We pulled out the S1s and plugged a vocal/guitar in each. The percussionist played without amplification. He also got out front and helped adjust the levels. We missed a few effect pedals, but no one was the wiser! It worked well, was plenty loud, and we got nothing but good reviews!

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Chet, thanks for the real-world notes on rechargeables. Maybe use a Boss reverb pedal or something?

And folks, if you do use the 1/4" and the XLR, remember to use only 1/4" ins for the same side if you're going in mono. 

-Dave

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Dave O'Heare posted:

Chet, thanks for the real-world notes on rechargeables. Maybe use a Boss reverb pedal or something?

And folks, if you do use the 1/4" and the XLR, remember to use only 1/4" ins for the same side if you're going in mono. 

-Dave

I'm going to be trying the reverb on a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic 2 tomorrow that I bought to help out a pitch challenged vocalist I occasionally work with.

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Chet posted:

If they'd made the same mixer with decent efx (at least a nice reverb) built in I'd call it the perfect battery powered mixer.

I feel the same way about my Peavey RQ200, which Berhinger based the 1002b on.  They do both have FX sends, though, so you could throw a reverb unit with a DC-jack on there or a battery powered vocal stompbox on there.

Jeff

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Check out what CityFolk is doing -> Safely playing outdoors for a large retirement community

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I've been spending more time working on my playing and singing.  I came across this (I needed a) kick in the butt video.