Many have wondered how it is that we set up our gear and while words can explain it, a picture is worth a thousand words so here without a thousand words is a simplified picture of how we set up.
While we are tied into the PA system, we are independent of the PA. We draw our mic signals from the stage not the PA gear. Now this simplified picture only shows 4 mics we can record upto 16 at a time. Normally we will try to add overhead mics on the drum kit and also an ambient mic to catch the crowd. Most bands use a 4 or 5 drum kit mic set, 1-2 guitars, a bass, 3-4 vocals, maybe keyboards, which takes up around 13 channels leaving plenty for us to add our extra’s. We can use Phantom power or supply it as well on a channel by channel basis as needed. This also reduces the chance for interference with the PA system.