An actual budget number would be really useful. And what do they want to do with it? Just the pastor? 5 piece praise band? Full Choir? Orchestra? Theatrical productions? Multitrack recording or 2 track? Input list would be good and where do they want to go with it in the future? Quality gear has never been more affordable, but it still seems so many want the world for 500 bucks…..
Many digital mixers now include a 2 track recorder that records straight to a usb drive. Many also have a built in multitrack USB interface. In fact with a good quality analog mixer starting around 1K I would recommend digital even for smaller setups, won’t cost much more and you will get compressors/gates/eq on every input and output with most. Yamaha, Allen & Heath, and Soundcraft all make affordable small digital mixers. The Behringer X32 is also an affordable option, I know many who love them though I myself am still somewhat hesitant to recommend, probably for no good reason other than having never used one. Wireless Mics I prefer senheiser Evolution or sure ULX, ata about 500 a channel. The cheaper mics of either brand are OK too but I recommend spending about 500 a channel for the better mics. Buy once and feel the pain only once….Buy twice and you know the rest….
From: Roger Moyer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 3:23 PM
To: CRTech <email@example.com>
Subject: [CRTech] RFI
I have been asked to put together some recommendations for a small churches PA system. Particularly I am interested in recommendations for Audio Mixers, Wireless Mics, and Digital Recorder. The budget is on the lower end but they still want quality gear. Any recommendations would be helpful.