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5.1 for a venue, with a twist; recommendations?

jonfabritius, modified 11 Years ago.

5.1 for a venue, with a twist; recommendations?

Youngling Posts: 1 Join Date: 10/17/11 Recent Posts
[Quiet in here, but since this is a fixed installation, let's give it a shot ;) ]

I'm wrestling with a venue setup, where I'd like to start off with 2.1 and retain the flexibility to scale it to 5.1 using a bunch of 8030A (4030A) and a matching sub. The problem stems from mixing digital and analog sources, and there are a couple of approaches I've come up with, but I'm stuck.

The audio sources are:
3 Macs
1 PS3
Wireless Mics
Random analog device

Scenario 1:
I could get the AV system set up using HDMI from the Macs and PS3, through a receiver such as the Onkyo TX-NR809 which would manage both video switching and audio out through its plentiful pre-outs. But since it has no mixer, I can't use it to mix in the analog signal from the mics.

Solution (that may well be ill advised) : Intercept two of the pre-outs from the receiver (front L and front R), pass them to a mixer, mix in analog sources, and pass out to the speakers. The analog, secondary sources would be stereo only in Front L and R, but I can live with that- rack mount mixers with stereo out are plentiful and within my budget. However, latency and signal level issues may ruin it all- is this a bad idea?

Scenario 2:
Pick up surround sound through TOSlink from Macs and PS3, mix together with analog sources, output to speakers as usual.

Solution: no idea. Due to sync issues, mixing several digital sources seems to be an issue, and I haven't run into a mixer solution that would accept these sources AND output something in an active multi-speaker-friendly format.

Any pointers welcome :) I'm fine with doing a software based mixing solution involving a bunch of interfaces connected to a Mac, but would like to keep the boxes external on an iMac, rather than going for a Mac Pro etc.
dupe, modified 11 Years ago.

Re: 5.1 for a venue, with a twist; recommendations?

Youngling Posts: 14 Join Date: 5/8/09 Recent Posts
You need to move into the pro market were strange switching devices exist, should do everything you need, simply feed this into your surround processor. You we also need a control system to make the system usable by everyone.