Unit For Ceremony

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I want to invest in a small more mobile unit (passport, etc) for weddings and small events. Being in rural, rural Virginia, I find myself in the middle of fields, national parks for ceremonies. I thought about a passport but wanted to hear opinions. My budget is no more than $1000.
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hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
nothing wrong with the passport systems.. dont own one myself (I use multiple QSC speakers powered speakers which makes me modular), but know a few people who do and they all love em.
 

adjtogo

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The newer passports do not have the rechargeable battery option, if you're looking for something to play in remote areas without electricity.

I personally just purchased a Honda EU1000i inverter generator. I do not need that much generated power, but you may consider the EU2000i if you use your current sound system that might draw more power than mine. The EU1000i was $799 and the EU2000i was $999. I do beach ceremonies and was using a pair of Samson Expedition speakers with an internal rechargeable battery and internal mic receiver. While the speakers weren't all that bad, the mics sucked, both the handheld and lapel. I decided to just buy a generator and use a Bose L1 Compact, my deck, which consists of two Shure SLX wireless microphones, laptop computer, and a T1 Tonematch. That's all I need for a remote event.
 

Mark Evans

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I hear you Kenny. I bought the Stagepas 400i and love it. Now if you want to go without power I don't know if a battery backup would work. Ceremonies are usually under a half hour plus about 15 minutes worth of filler so perhaps a rechargeable battery instead of a generator would be a better and quieter idea. What to love about this is the size and power, 8 inputs, 4 mic/line xlr, mini 8, 1/4 inch and iPad/ipod dedicated, sub out if you want to add on. The mixer attaches to the back of one speaker and all the cables store in the back of the other. You can also detach the mixer as I have it shown in the photos. Along with the 2 I posted in the other thread (a newer much cleaner look) Here is the system in actual use. I only got it 2 days before the wedding and why the table looked like crap and I got the new one.

Ceremony Setup1.jpgCeremony-Setup2.jpg
Yamaha system in bag.jpgYamaha system.jpg
 

adjtogo

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Just a little word about the battery inverters. I had a Black and Decker Powermate. It has an internal rechargeable battery. At home, I tried running a Bose L1 compact, T1 Tonematch, Shure ULX wireless microphone, and a laptop. I made sure it was fully charged before using it. The battery powered the unit for 15 whole minutes, then quit. I called B &D after trying to get it to work after recharging it. B &D is telling me these units are discontinued and they won't warranty the item. I tried to locate a battery for the unit, which costs nearly $80, almost as much as I paid for it. There's a Duracell unit similar to the B & D that I haven't tried. I looked in Home Depot and Lowe's and they have units available that use an 18v battery that goes to a power tool. That battery alone is $90, plus the cost of the unit. I'd think you'd need two batteries just in case one goes out.

I decided on the Honda EU1000i generator instead. At $799, it was my best option. It is lightweight, and extremely quiet. I did a beach ceremony and reception last week with it. I placed the generator approximately 45' from my table and ran it for 3 1/2 hours without any problems. I could barely hear the generator before I played music. I couldn't hear it at all when I was playing music.

If you're interested, I'd entertain the idea of selling the battery powered speakers I have and the mics that go with it.
 

oldschooldj

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I can't say anything against a Honda EU generator, I have used them for almost 15 years in my drag racing outfit. I will say, I have had great luck with the Duracell Powercell 600. I ran a single Yamaha DXR15 at pretty loud volumes for over 4 hours a few weeks ago, I also ran a pair of them at very loud volume for two hours back on 4 July weekend.

The great thing about the Powercell is you can get a good optima deep cycle battery and hook to the Powercell and run it for a very long time, with the jumper cables that come with the Powercell.
 

robertbenda

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My ceremony system is:
EV ELX112P, which has two separate inputs with their own gain knobs. Both are XLR, the the 2nd one can do microphone OR RCA input.
I use the Duracell portable power battery setup. I have two of them, so one for each speaker, just to be safe, if its a big setup. Single speaker will last over an hour, for sure. Hum-X does great getting rid of the hum.
Then my mixer allows for 3 microphone inputs, which is the biggest thing for ceremonies. I can put a wireless lav on the pastor, one on the groom (to turn on for vows), and then a handheld on a stand for readers or singers.
 

NickyB

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I've used the Yamaha 300 and 500 systems but then I went even smaller. I opted for a single EV ZXA-1 powered speaker (but could use a pair) atop a single Ultimate tripod. I then built a small plywood shelf that is O-clamped to the speaker stand which holds a Mackie 402VLZ4 mixer, a 30Gb iPod and 2 wireless AT mic receivers. My main mic is a Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic plugged into an AT belt pack. If needed, a second handheld AT mic can be placed on a boom mic stand for readers. I keep arrival music on the iPod and add any custom ceremony music as required.
 
Mark, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you!! I bought the Stagepas 400i and used it for a ceremony this past Saturday and it was awesome.
The size was perfect. The amount of room it takes makes it so easy. Thank you so much for your advice and a big thanks to Ken for getting your
valuable input. The photos you attached to your post also made me feel confident about my purchase. The unit is so lightweight and easy to use.
Thanks again!


I hear you Kenny. I bought the Stagepas 400i and love it. Now if you want to go without power I don't know if a battery backup would work. Ceremonies are usually under a half hour plus about 15 minutes worth of filler so perhaps a rechargeable battery instead of a generator would be a better and quieter idea. What to love about this is the size and power, 8 inputs, 4 mic/line xlr, mini 8, 1/4 inch and iPad/ipod dedicated, sub out if you want to add on. The mixer attaches to the back of one speaker and all the cables store in the back of the other. You can also detach the mixer as I have it shown in the photos. Along with the 2 I posted in the other thread (a newer much cleaner look) Here is the system in actual use. I only got it 2 days before the wedding and why the table looked like crap and I got the new one.
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
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You are very welcome. Glad I can help I love my system I use it in the basement all the time, when I'm at using it to DJ of course.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Mark -
One quick question ..... do you ever have problems reading your tablet screen in bright sunlight?
 

Mark Evans

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Yes I do Nicky. You can use cardboard or a sheet of paper to hold over it to block the sun.
 

Bill_Goode

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Here is what Cap Capello uses:


We saw this done trial by fire at ARMDJS a few years back when the hotel suddenly lost power.

Cap had the setup ready to go in a few moments with the Duracell pack featured in the video and his Bose setup.

I will let him speak for himself, but was super-impressed at how this worked out.
 
@NickyB You said you plug in a shotgun mic into an Audio Technica belt pack? I'm intrigued!! What AT product are you using to make that happen? I'm interested in learning more!
 

NickyB

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It's an older UHF AT-600 Freeway belt pack in the 570 Mhz band. I had Ben Stowe from NLFXPro build an XLR to T4M cable for the connection to the belt pack. I've since upgraded that one to a Line 6 XD-V70 digital in the 2.4 Ghz band and ordered another cable wired for the Line 6. . Both are still working great.
 
I wonder if I can get a cable made for my wireless transmitter. I use the Audio-Technica ATW-1101. It's digital as well and it works great. For me, I tend to get a lot of feedback when using the lapel mic in certain venues . In one place in particular, the room echoed and I couldn't get a lot out of the system before feedback. Hoping the shotgun mic will help to alleviate that some!
 

Ken Heath

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Bill at ESC or Ben at NLFX can make any cable for any application, Bill is all around the boards helping people all the time, they guarantee them for life too!
 
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