Gig season is almost upon us!

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Post by Dave B »

So ... after everything being cancelled, suddenly a gig popped up and I'll be doing outdoor live sound tonight. Which is nice. One of the regular pubs has changed owners and the new chap is doing gigs in an open marquee with a stage (if it is what it was for the old festivals). I'll know more in a couple of hours when I bowl over there and start rigging.

Now all I have to do is remember what I need to take ... :headbang:

It's going to be a bit of a rush to get there and rig and the pub want everything to stop by 10pm. So I shouldn't be too late.

If you don't hear from me tomorrow morning, just assume I am too tired and sore after my first gig for months and send breakfast - preferably bacon rolls and tea. :D
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Good luck! :thumbup:
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blinddrew wrote:Good luck! :thumbup:

wot 'e sed :)
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Enjoy!

I'm rushed off my ass with gigs now. Well, almost.
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Well, I made it through the gig. I am still alive. Just to be safe, send bacon rolls anyway - better safe than sorry.

My own post match analysis is interesting :

1. Gain structure. OK, I cocked it up. I had lots of headroom still on the PA, but forgot about that and pushed the mixer. I could hear some crackles and distortion and I'm not sure if I was overloading a channel or two, overloading the mix bus or whether the PA was objecting.

2. DCA groups. Usually with this band, I tend to set a rough level then switch to a bank of DCA faders to ride things up and down. The frontman is fairly dynamic, the lead guitarist has madly quiet lead patches and the keyboard player has absurd level changes so I'm kept on my toes. Sadly, I was so caught up in it, I didn't take a second to switch to working via the DCAs which would have put everything I needed onto a single page. Silly boy

3. Outdoor enclosed stages and a hard hitting drummer are struggle. I only had the kick in the PA - bringing up the snare or the o/heads made no difference in sound without going to very high levels. Sounded fine, so I was cool

4. OTOH, we moved people about as we had stage space and so fixed feedback issues with positioning and mic angles. That was nice to do for a change. Band happy with on stage sound. Which was nice

5. Lots of compliments about the sound overall. Which is very nice. A lot from other musicians which is doubly good.

6. It was hard work though! And chilly in the open air - I need to stick a pair of gloves that still work touchscreens into my kit bag. I should have realised that the Met Office wouldn't get it right...

7. Oooooowwwwww!! On top of the physical effort of loading kit, rigging, mixing, de-rigging and loading again, I'm currently nursing an injured knee. By the time I stopped at a ratburger van on the way home, my leg couldn't actually support my weight. A good night's sleep has helped quite a lot, but I'll be taking it easy today.

So all in all good. People happy. Band paid. New owners of venue met and befriended. Punters all merry. (Uber making a small fortune taking people from a country pub back to towns)

I should do this again sometime - oh - I am in a couple of weeks... better get fitter! :D
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Well Done! Makes me tired just reading about it :lol:
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Sorry Dave, I was going to send you these, but then I remembered you said bacon roll, not bacon sandwich...
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No brown sauce dripping out from the edges of the bread.
7/10, must try harder.
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I'm a southerner, I don't really like brown sauce.
It's better than tomato ketchup to be sure, but still...
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blinddrew wrote: I don't really like brown sauce..

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The only sauce for a bacon butty is HP Fruity Sauce :D
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Sam Spoons wrote:The only sauce for a bacon butty is HP Fruity Sauce :D

I much prefer my bacon butty naked - although I'll accept fired onions.
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