When you receive your WalkaBout Drum, it’s set up from the factory in mono mode. In other words, all of the amplified sound that comes out of the drum comes from a single instrument cable which outputs to your amp, sound system, or recording system. In fact, your WalkaBout ships with an attached Post-It note which shows you the volume and mix dials for mono operation. It’s so simple to get a great sound right out of the box.
But did you know that you can easily switch your WalkaBout Odyssey* to two-channel mode?
Two-channel mode allows your WalkaBout Odyssey to output two separate sources: One from the internal mic (which captures the highs of the Snare or other SounDots) and one from the internal pickup (where all the beefy lows of the “kick” and “toms” exist). This allows you (or your sound tech) to mix the two sound sources independently, as well as add separate equalization, compression, and effects. If done properly, this can really make your highs sizzle, your snare pop, and your lows boom.
Reconfiguring your setup for two-channel output is simple and straightforward:
• On the Dual Source controller (see top photo) located inside your WalkaBout, flip the left top switch from “mono” to “stereo.”
• Instead of a regular instrument cable, use a male 1/4 inch TRS to dual male 1/4 inch cable (see photo below). Plug the TRS cable jack to the WalkaBout and send the “Y” portion of the cable (with the dual male outputs) to your amp or sound system. The two outputs will correspond to the internal mic and pickup.
That’s it! You’ll be sending separate audio signals, and your sound tech will love you for it. Please note that in two-channel mode, your dials are no longer controlling “volume” and “mix” as shown in the Post-It note. Instead, each dial becomes a volume control for either the internal mic or the pickup. This allows you to have control over how much sound is output from both these sources.
Use two-channel mode to literally dial in your sound. It’s a secret weapon that will really make a difference in your mix.