File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 124

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Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 17:13:59 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Sound equipement

Hi all.
I've been preparing slowly but surely for my first puppet show. Someday...

My chaotic self cannot wait for when the time comes, to learn the means to 
So here goes my question about sound equipement.

I've been experimenting with my voice for puppet character developpement, 
and I've been using a simple mixer and a mike to make sure I hear  my voice 
like people who are not inside my head. So far so good,  I've gotten rid of 
some flaws I couldn't hear before.
But most voices sure sound flat, as ina  felted room, except for the Warren 
Zevon types. "Wahooo! Werewolves of London!"

How I can make, LIVE,  the classic effects such as reverb, echo, treble, and 
even Pitch while we're at it.
I need the effects to be live, not on a reccorded soundtrack. I'm hoping I 
won't have to use real-time computer software. The stuff has to work on the 
road, with as little equipement as possible, and as inexpensive as possible.
Are there similar equipement as mine with these added features?
Or should I buy a special gizmo to complete my mixer?

Here's my equipement:

-A Behringer UB502 2-BUS mixer.
   It includes many line-ins, tape in and tape out (RCA) and the available 
variables are Gain, EQ, Lo, Pan, and level.

-A Shure PG48 microphone (it's a mike for speeches, not really designed for 
singing, but it's what I could afford at the time)

-I usually use the headphones for when I sing in the mike, to avoid the 
strong feedback effect.
I wish I could sing in front of my sound system, without headphones, without 
causing feedback.
How do these one-piece home karaoke machines work then? Are they impervious 
to feedback?

-If the only way is to do it  live with the computer software, which one 
would you reccomend?
Is there a decent FREEWARE out there that can do the job?
I have a fairly decent computer, running Windows XP. Not an amazingly 
expensive sound card, but it sounds good nonetheless.

Right now, my echo and reverb rehearsals come from when I go sing in a large 
building where I work sometimes. Too bad I can't teleport the building along 
with my whole puppet show gear.


Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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