Stage Buddy: Personal Monitoring System
A feature rich personal monitoring control that’s easy to use… and above all… affordable.
Whether you are using floor wedges, an in-ear system, or a pair of headphones to monitor your audio, the new STAGE-BUDDY from SM Pro Audio represents the next generation in personal monitoring control. Featuring onboard EQ, signal limiting, and a quality reverb, the STAGE-BUDDY provides a much-needed personal monitoring solution suitable for monitoring voice, guitar, or any line level or microphone signal.
Personal audio monitoring has for the main part been limited in use due to both the prohibitive expense of available systems coupled with their excessively complex operation for untrained users. With the release of STAGE-BUDDY personal monitoring is now accessible to the masses. The STAGE-BUDDY is not only affordable, but provides a much needed solution in a simple to use package. The STAGE-BUDDY heralds a new era in personal monitoring.
The STAGE-BUDDY system is an expandable monitoring solution comprised in its simplest form of one MASTER unit and four (4) REMOTE STAGE-BUDDY units. Remote units can be connected either directly to the Master unit or daisy chained (up to 8 units) to each other in succession using readily available standard CAT5 network cable. Bi-directional audio transmission and power is supplied to each remote unit directly from the MASTER unit making an extremely simple and elegant solution for distributing personal monitoring to end-users.
The MASTER unit is a 1RU 19” rack-mountable hardware chassis that houses both the main audio connections for the system in addition to 4 x CAT5 distribution outlets for connection to the REMOTE units. Power/signal LED’s on the front panel provide display current audio activity whilst a handy split output pair is also provided to allow simple expandability of the system and offer further possibilities to audio engineers.
Each REMOTE unit is a little wonder in itself! With a host of features packed into a compact monitoring unit, the REMOTE offers quality personal microphone pre amplification, EQ, Reverb, limiting, and a powerful pristine headphone amplifier. The special and ingenious “MORE ME” control is a standout. What could be easier than simply turning up the MORE ME knob when wanting to listen to a little more of your own voice or instrument through a pair of headphones or monitoring amplifier?
How about a little reverb on your voice, or would you prefer wind back the top end a little? Simply dial in on the front panel of the STAGE-BUDDY REMOTE. Dial in some reverb, dial in MORE ME, and your done.
With the STAGE-BUDDY there is no longer a need for complex monitor mixing, multi channel inputs, or complex monitoring configurations. Simply sending a stereo master mix feed from the front of house mix to the STAGE-BUDDY MASTER unit allows REMOTE users the ability to dial up their monitoring preferences without fuss.
Monitoring options abound with the STAGE-BUDDY system. Whether you connect headphones, powered stage monitors, or In Ear monitoring systems, the STAGE-BUDDY has all options covered. It is simply perfect for a wide variety of application environments from recording studios, broadcast facilities, live band venues, home studios, through to orchestra pits.
Consider personal monitoring for an entire orchestra. With the STAGE-BUDDY system, up to 16 units can be connected to a single Master unit. Each member of the orchestra could quickly control his or her own desired level and settings. Several Master units could also be cascaded to offer 128, 256, or even more STAGE-BUDDY REMOTE systems all running concurrently. All housed in an external chassis, the STAGE-BUDDY is shielded from any stray electrical interference. Robust connectors are provided for all inputs and outputs.
The solution is now here… personal monitoring – personal control.
- Simple connection and operation
- Audio and power over CAT5
- STAGE BUDDY REMOTE:
- 2 x XLR Combo inputs
- 2 x Mic preamplifiers
- Switchable 48v & PAD per input channel
- Built-in personal monitor reverb
- Tone control
- "More Me" mix balance control
- 2 x XLR FOH/DI outputs with GND lift switch
- 2 x XLR Monitor outputs
- 2 x CAT5 system link connectors
- STAGE BUDDY MASTER:
- 4 x CAT5 system link connectors
- 8 x Audio/Power activity indicators
- 2 x XLR Mic inputs with inserts
- 2 x XLR split outputs
Examples of how to use
In the studio:
Your vocalist creates his own headphone mix with total control over level, tone, mix balance, and reverb. Without any latency!
For solo artists:
Connect your guitar, microphone and playback to the Stage Buddy remote and create mixes with on-board effects for solo performance.
Install in-line monitors or speaker systems. Built in limiting and reverb provides protection of both equipment and of the users precious eardrums whilst delivering a pleasant monitoring experience.
Personal monitoring for a whole orchestra can be configured with ease. Stage-Buddy units can be daisy-chained with Cat 5 cable offering a flexible and affordable solution.