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    Well what i am going to ask is all new to me,so i'd like some help,what i am hoping to do is put my Kit into a mixer by the Drum Kit,and then connect to the main Mixer out front.
    Well there is a few things that i need to know,One is that i wonder if i need a mixer with a Pre Amp,or not?,and because i have a couple of Kits and one is a large double kit (Which i might ocasionally use) i need a mixer with about 16 Channels because i intended to Mike,and Trigger,Could anyone give me any advice as for what Make,and Model might be right for me,Thank you.

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    late8 is the person to talk to on this one! lol.

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    Any non-powered mixer will work. You run all your mics into your mixer and then take the two Main Outs or Monitor Outs, depending on your mixer, and just run into 2 channels of the main mixer. This isn't always the best when you play multiple venues due to the time to set up every different venue with a mix. As an example, to set YOUR mixer someone has to be able to control it while you bang away and someone else has to be out front to check the sound. If you have your mixer out front with the main mixer that will reduce that issue but perhaps you want your mixer up on stage with you which will present the biggest challenge during sound checks.

    There are so many options now days it's overwhelming but awesome as far as what you can do with or without a budget.

    Total on but maybe off topic, we went with Behringer X-air series 18 ch mixer. We can run it from an Ipad or our cell phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0127frey View Post
    Well what i am going to ask is all new to me,so i'd like some help,what i am hoping to do is put my Kit into a mixer by the Drum Kit,and then connect to the main Mixer out front.
    Well there is a few things that i need to know,One is that i wonder if i need a mixer with a Pre Amp,or not?,and because i have a couple of Kits and one is a large double kit (Which i might ocasionally use) i need a mixer with about 16 Channels because i intended to Mike,and Trigger,Could anyone give me any advice as for what Make,and Model might be right for me,Thank you.
    Welcome to the forum 0127frey.

    Sub-mixing drums on stage can get tricky. If you're planning on micing every piece on your kit, sound bleeding into the mics that are in close proximity to each other can be a headache not to mention a hassle to set up if you're playing with other bands on the same bill.

    If you were the only drummer performing, your set up will require help from somebody that can give you an idea on how the mix sounds out front since you as the drummer will be too close to your kit to judge.

    Having said that, I would start out with a 14 channel mixer like a Mackie 1402. It has pre-amped channels and EQ bands to help you dial in the mix. The pic below has the submixer on top and two outs to the main PA mixer.

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    I have a Behringer XR18, which my band uses when we play a gig where we have to provide the PA. It has enough channels to mic my drums, the other instruments and 4 vocalists. In my previous band we only had a 12 channel mixer with only 8 mic preamps, so I got my own unpowered mixer (a Yamaha MG16) to use as a sub mixer for the drums. I would run one of the main outs from my mixer to an input channel on the band's mixer, and it worked fine. I kept my mixer by me in case I wanted to make adjustments during the gig, as we never had a sound guy. When I left that band, the MG16 became my new band's main board, and I used a Shure M367 6 channel mic mixer to mic the drums and ran that into the MG16. That served us well until we got the X18.


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    Sorry for the double post but in hindsight, you might want to also invest in a sub-snake to the sub-mixer. I have 8 channels (mics) that run into a sub-snake (circled in yellow) that runs all 8 lines output into the IO interface to the DAW mixer in the control room. This keeps the drum mic cables manageable. You can set up the sub-snake next to your kit and run all of you mic cables to the snake and use the outputs from the stage snake to the FOH.

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    Last edited by late8; 06-11-2019 at 11:56 AM.

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