How much does a Meyer Sound Galileo cost? $10,000. How much does my Poor Man’s Galileo cost? $500 (assuming you already have a computer and audio interface).
This happens to me a lot: I’m called to work on a small event that has just enough equipment to justify using some output processing for the speakers, but it’s not in the budget. That’s when I break out my Poor Man’s Galileo setup.
The Meyer Sound Galileo is a rack-mount loudspeaker management system with EQ, dynamics, delay, matrixing, and level setting. I wish I could have one at every event. Instead, I bring my Mac Book Pro with my RME Fireface 800 to run Software Audio Console with some free VST plugins. I use a ReaXcomp multi-band compressor on the inputs and ReaEQ and Dual Linkwitz-Riley Filters on the outputs.
This is the same setup I’ve been using for the last few years and on tour. If you know any better plugins, let me know in the comments below!
Thanks to Chris Barrineau for the iPhone filming!