Live sound equipment choices tend to center around maximizing the basics. You have to have enough power and plenty of speakers. Your mixer has to have enough channels, decent preamps, and monitor routing. Upgrading to professional level meters often gets pushed to the bottom of the wish list. Upgrading your live sound system's meter bridge is one of the best ways to directly enhance the quality of your sound. Accurate, easy to see meters make your job easier and improve your room balance.
If you’re budget-conscious, we highly recommend starting with a stereo meter bridge on your master channel. The mains are the last stop between your mixer and the room. An accurate gauge of your mains’ balance helps ensure you're keeping things under control as you dial in the room mix. Whether you prefer a big analog needle or an ultra sensitive, long row of LEDs, Sweetwater carries the extremely accurate stereo meter bridges you need!
If you really want to change your life for the better, you need a multi-channel meter bridge solution that puts all of your channel levels front and center. We offer excellent options for adding as many banks of channel metering to your signal chain as you need. We also carry aftermarket meter bridges designed to be compatible with many specific brands and models. These proprietary mixer bridges often add incredibly useful functionality such as switching for pre and post fader and returns — putting full control of your mix right at your fingertips! When your reputation rests on your ability to dial in an incredible sounding live mix, your metering might be your secret sauce.
Another incredibly useful spot for meter bridges is the stage monitor mixer. Stage levels can be more sensitive than out in the room. A small fader adjustment can unleash a wall of uncomfortable feedback on stage. A good set of channel meters is an invaluable tool for keeping things from quickly getting out of control. The band will thank you.
Once you make the jump to good metering, you won't ever go back to relying on your wits and the overload light. Before long, you will become accustomed to how your meter readings correlate to the sound in your room. Visiting engineers and audiences will love your venue's sound.
Selecting the right meter bridge for your live sound mixer can be a bit daunting. If you have questions about which meter bridge options will work with your specific mixer, save yourself a headache and give us a call. Our knowledgeable Sales Engineers will sort it out and ensure you get the correct meter bridge for your system.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.