I've been expanding my horizons lately. That just means going out more when I'm not gigging.
I've been hanging out a local place that has live music 7 days a week. The food is good and they get a wide variety of music in there. It's been good to broaden my horizons about what is happening live out there. I frequently work on new material at the weekly singer-songwriter open stage event.
The house system is pretty good as far as house systems go. They run things a little loud for my taste, but it sounds fine. Not L1® fine, but fine.
The other day I was in there and it was really crowded because there was a fantastic 3-4 piece world-music band. I couldn't see the stage from where I was sitting. I was blocked by a pillar. So I was sitting there enjoying a nice meal. I felt my phone buzz in my pocket and I headed for the back room. This place actually has two show rooms and the back room is way out back, down a corridor and the entrance is a good 120 feet from the main stage. When I've had to take a call there before, I just had to get to the other end of the corridor to be able to hear.
I was trying to talk on my phone and as I walked back I noticed that I could not escape the (great) sound of the band. Even at the back of the back room, I could hear them really well. I couldn't hear the person on the phone though so I gave up and walked back to my seat.
On the way back I realized what was happening. The band was running through a Model II.
Brings up a memory of mine, playing with a quartet in a smallish coffeehouse. After the first set, the owner came up and said, "I was down the hall in the supply closet past the rest rooms, and I could still hear you great. I don't know how that works!" Just the magic of line arrays, I guess.
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