not Cereal Posted February 5, 2001 Share Posted February 5, 2001 OH MAN. last night, sheesh. one of the bands i run sound for had a gig in georgetown MN (population 3). it was a five hour gig (5 45min sets with announcement etc inbetween) well, we got set up, did a line check, i dialed the 31band for the hall, later a sound check and began the show on time (8pm) it took about 3 songs to get a decent sound (even after soundcheck- no one EVER soundchecks like they play) the FOH console was in an odd place as the hall is an odd shape, but i dont mind the "run and change an check and run and change and check" method so much. at about 8:30pm it started to sound pretty dang good i thought, full enough to be loud, but not hurting my ears and you can still talk to people. everything was going great; until...... about 9:15 the whole system went down for a split second. i dont know what happened. the house lites went with it. everything shut down for a split second (not just the band curcuit- the whole building) when it came back up, the guitar players effects were wrong, the keyboard had the wrong patch, all my foh gear was blinking and needed reset. well, we didnt stop, we just re-adjusted while they were playing, being cool and adverse, not missing a beat. the lighting system took about fifteen minutes to re-boot and fire up again, and it did. the foh and band settings took the rest of the song to reset. nothing to serious yet, just annoying. then about 9:45 i heard this POP and then the mix was MUFFLED and DEAD. UH OH. i instantly knew what happened: the high amp went out. we run an old skool 3way crossover (uugg) into 3 amps. not a whole lot of power, only about 2000watts. enough for a club. as i ran up to stage to recommend a break to fix emminent doom (hey, why have we been playing for almost two hours with no break...?) i got up there and the also had no monitors. the monitor amp had gone out too. (i also play monitor man at foh) we took a break, very quickly decided to unbridge the low amp and use half for lows/half for highs as well as unbridge the mid amp and use half for mid/half for monitors. **SIGH*** now i am down to less than half power, running a potentialy dangerous system (impedance? really? oh what could happen...) and all it will do is sound dead and feedback. i ended up dumping bass guitar, upper drum kit, and most everything except kick,snare and vox just so i could run it at all. this is with THREE HOURS left. this was not a fun gig for me, otr the band. the show went on, without a stop, and the audience danced until the end. it didnt sound as good as it has for the last seven months but noone really seemed to notice that much. hell, we can just say 'the hall sounded bad' yeah, thats it. when we packed it up, someone had spilled beer all over the snake (yuck) and we loaded into the MACK in about 50mph blowing snow. did i mention it was a blizzard? yep, i was telling myself it couldnt get much worse. until i noticed flashing red lites in my rear-view. (how much DID i drink?) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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