Having to do a 60 yo birthday party tonight in a location with a bar and dance area separated by a relatively thick wall, the request came to bring an extra set of speakers, for the primary use when speeches are made. Outside of the speeches the volume of the extra speakers should be off or low. Typically a “zone” solution would work here, if only so you have level control over the zone speakers. In this case having a separate playlist running is not an issue (it can mirror the master output). What IS, of course, an issue is not being able to get the mic sound to the zone. Not an option currently (come on Denon, us mobile jocks need this one. Even with a separate playlist playing in the zone, you need to have the option to address the guests in the zone through a mic), so I was already thinking of alternative options using a separate mixer and abusing it’s aux outputs etx.
Then something dawned on me, what if I flip booth and zone.
They have the same options:
- master level independent volume control
- 2-way EQ
Only booth has POST option (send mic to booth - which I need) and zone has separate playlist option (but I don’t need that now).
So, I will be setting up with my booth speaker on the zone outs (never use POST on my monitor anyway) and hook up the extra set of speakers to booth. This way I should be able to get a copy of the master output PLUS mic output with it’s own level control and EQ out to the separate room.
If anybody thinks I shouldn’t do this or that this is a bad idea, let him speak up now or hold his tongue forever!
But seriously, I almost overlooked this option of “abusing” the system, just because the labels say booth and zone, where they are - in essence - both just extra outputs, albeit each with it’s own feature set.
My three cents as usual.