I am working for an independent theater/performance group and we are looking for solutions for our audio. I built a live looping machine in Max and now we need the correct hardware to make everything happen.
Things we want to do:
3 or more microphones are positioned throughout the room. (In later pieces we want to use headmics instead, so it should work for both.)
Each microphone should have a dedicated channel, so I can route it in Max accordingly.
After processing in Max, we want to distribute the signals to four speakers that can be adressed individually.
For now I am using my Mbox 2 Mini with its 2 Ins and 2 Outs to route 1 Mic to the left channel of the out and 1 Mic to the right.
1.) Would you suggest a bigger USB interface? Or mixers? I checked and most do not seem to support multiple channel routing but just one stereo image for all the channels together.
2.) The next thing would be a good way to trigger the looping. In my current solution I am using either a Wiimote or a Infrared Apple Remote. But we'd like the performers to be able to do it by foot as well. Which would mean buying something like this:
3.) Would it be enough to have active speakers connected right to the Outs of the interface? Or could a better sound be achieved with less money if we bought one 4-ch amplifier and 4 passive speakers?
I suppose one or two of you are doing similar stuff so any help and/or experience shared would be very much appreciated.
Thanks a lot and have a nice day,