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Keyboard Monitoring

revi, modified 13 Years ago.

Keyboard Monitoring

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 10/11/09 Recent Posts
Hi,

At this moment I am playing music in a band with a piano, keyboard and drums, supporting a church with 150 people singing every sunday. For the keyboard we use a Dynacord Active Monitor on the floor, but we miss the something in the sound, it is not very direct. We tried some small active monitors on ear hight and that was much better. So we are looking for active monitors that can give direct and clear sound. I have seen the 2 way Monitors from Genelec (8020B or 8030A). Are these suitable for the purpose? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Regards,

ReVi
christophe-anet, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Keyboard Monitoring

Jedi Knight Posts: 188 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hello,

Thanks for your post. Our 2-way active monitors are used in many different applications. Many orchestras and musicians use our monitors for personal close proximity listening in theaters, music halls, electronic music performance, etc. In live sound applications, many front of house engineers appreciate to use near-field monitors as well as headphones for their work.

So, the 8020B or 8030A are perfectly suitable for your application if you consider personal monitoring. That is, monitoring your keyboard / piano sound on stage. One of the critical parameter for selecting the model that will suit your particular use is the sound pressure level existing around you during the performance. The higher the level around you, the larger the monitor you will need so that you have adequate SPL in your listening position. Larger models such as the 8040A or 8050A would be perfectly suitable too. They provide higher SPL, but they are physically bigger and more expensive also.

Now, if you had in mind a PA (Public Address) system that will reproduce audio for an audience of around 150 people, our monitors are not adequate for this purpose. Quality PA systems should be considered.

The choice is yours! Thanks for considering our products for your personal monitoring use.

Best regards,
margus, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Keyboard Monitoring

Youngling Posts: 4 Join Date: 9/29/09 Recent Posts
Looking at the church examples from the Genelec gallery there seems to be other thoughts around 8000 series usage:
http://www.genelec.fi/ak/kuvagalleria/
christophe-anet, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Keyboard Monitoring

Jedi Knight Posts: 188 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hello,

Thanks for your reply. You are right, there are many churches which use 8000 Series products. However, there seems to be a few differences in the church application featured in our Finnish Install website and what you shortly describe as your application and use.

These churches use our 8000 Series mainly for voice amplification, no musical instruments or bands. Some light recorded music are replayed sometimes, but the main role of these loudpspeakers is to amplify the voice and some short singing.

Also, there are a number of 8000 Series installed in each church, so that the sound coverage is good for every seat in the audience.

If you could be more specific about your application; stage personal monitoring? distributed light PA for the audience? or something else?... it would be very helpful. Thanks in advance..

Best regards,
revi, modified 13 Years ago.

Re: Keyboard Monitoring

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 10/11/09 Recent Posts
Hello,

Thanks for your reply. I'm looking forward to test the 8020 and 8030 on stage. I will contact one of the nearby retailers. The larger monitors like the 8040 or 8050 will have next to the size and price another disadvantage I think, because the volume is not adjustable from the front. So if you locally want to change the volume without changing the output of the keyboard itself (where the total system including PA will go louder) you have to request it from the audio person behind the mixer, controlling the AUX output. So I hope the 8020 or 8030 will give enough SPL for the near field monitor usage on stage in our church...

Take care,

Reinout