ICT point source driver with indestructible tweeter, cast aluminum enclosure, and 150W BASH amplifier with limiter. Integrates with your mic stand and rocks back to 3 different angles. Front-panel mic... Read More
ICT point source driver with indestructible tweeter, cast aluminum enclosure, and 150W BASH amplifier with limiter. Integrates with your mic stand and rocks back to 3 different angles. Front-panel mic input level, VoiceShape filter, line level, 2-band EQ, and master volume. Floor-based I/O box includes a mic input, stereo instrument, and aux in, plus pass-thrus and subwoofer and stereo link outputs. Mic (with pad and phantom power) and line inputs on the back panel.
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If you're using this for an acoustic type thing, it'll probably work, but if you're in a rock band, forget it. I got it to supplement my main monitor and help me with my vocals when we don't run a separate monitor mix. Even sitting about a foot from my head, it gets covered up when playing loud rock music. All I've got going through it is my vocals, and a line-out to the board. The quality of construction is excellent, and it's got some great features, but it simply doesn't have enough power to use in a rock band.
I've been using the VSM 300 for several months now, but indoors, gearing up for our first gig. Even indoors, I could hear myself just fine. Yup, it does take a bit of tweakin' to avoid feedback problems, but after switching mics around, I found one I like with it (EV 767) and it sounds great. I'm a little hard of hearing, so the thought of putting a floor monitor over 5 feet away in a practice room just didn't seem like it would work out too well. It's great to be able to run just raw vocals through it, to properly monitor just how off key I sing!! LOL! Seriously, just for that reason, I have improved leaps and bounds because I get the raw vocals smacked right back in my face. I have to be honest, it might not work for all types of music, and the quieter your bandmates are, the better, but DUH! We play classic rock, and modern stuff, most of it quite noisy, and I'm able to hear myself. Just play around with the mic placement a bit, extend the boom on your stand to get it away from the monitor, and crank it up. We just played an outdoor gig, and wanted to wait till we played it before writing this review. It did much better outdoors, no feedback issues. Just go for a hypercartiod pattern mic to direct the signal away from the monitor. It's easy to carry, very sturdy, and has a few more bells and whistles on it than I use at the moment. It's nice to know I can do more with it.
This unit will probably last a long time because it is constructed very well. The problem is that I will certainly not be using it again. The clarity that comes out of this thing is nothing better, actually worse, than a conventional floor monitor. It is simply not crisp enough to distinguish vocals from ambient noise and guitar. The main reason I bought it was to be able to hear myself more clearly when playing in the usual environment of a nightclub. In my opinion, it just not effective.