My band had a friendly gig with the Avett Brothers in Atlanta. Our bass player is from their home town so we were going to show up and play a couple of songs before them to highlight the atlanta/concord NC connection.
When we arrived the sound man was very distraught, they were trying to record the show as well and the setup was not working well. He spent 45 minutes chasing cords and decided that he didn't want to mess with the setup after it was fixed , and that we couldn't play.
There really was no problem, it seemed like someone was trying to muscle us off the gig.
I told him I actually didn't need to use the house system at all, that we we can set up and be ready in 10 minutes, I even have my own mics! He couldn't really argue with that and said okay, as long as I don't have to touch any of the house equipment.
The drummer played at acoustic drum volume, the bass player set his amp to match. We ran two acoustic guitars and my vocals through the bose and played to a sold-out crowd (around 300 people)!
The crowds general sentiment was that our sound was the clearest and best of the night. The transition from our sound to the band after was not pretty. It sounded like total mud, took the soundman 4 songs to get the sound almost bearable.
This one ability, to stand alone without depending on the house system (and soundman!) makes the bose PAS an awesome value to own.
I cannot wait to buy another! (I feel i was pushing it a little with both guitars and vocals running through it) I think 2 would be apt for my band.
Total mud, thats one feat that would be hard to duplicate with the pas system,thankfully.
Great post Rob and glad to hear another sucess story from a 10 minute setup.
Let me jump in here with a big AMEN!! I just got back from the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. The PAS was a hit. At the first of 2 showcases I sang in, I set up for just a single number because people ask to hear it. They wanted to use the PAS for stage monitor, but the guy setting up couldn't quite accept something so radicule. Anyway, it was so cool to have the systems setting side by side and to hear the dif. Everybody paying attention could tell the dif. PAS won hands down. Those wanting to hear the Bose, very impressed.
In the second showcase I did a 25 min set, so set up for that one as well. To begin, I started setting up about 20 min. after the other fellow (8:00 A.M.). I was singing and warming up by 8:45 and he was still trying to iron out the bugs at showtime, 10:00. What is so impressive is that I filled the same room using a single system with single sub, and did it without any hot spots, cleaner sound, and nothing loud. The other system was set way to loud with blaring sound from the speakers. again, response from those listening was PAS won again. There are several groups waiting for the opportunity to move into Bose.
From a personal note, I have reached a point that I struggle with a 3 way system, so I plan on always setting up my system for a "monitor" and I'll feed the house if I have too. Yeh Bose.
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The National Quartet Convention is kind of the mecca for Southern Gospel Music. Once a year thousands of people desend on Louisville for a week of music. All day long there are showcases happening, either at the Expo center or across the street at the Executive Inn East and West. Most of us who are not "big time" or as in my case a solo, notice the name National Quartet Convention, get relegated off site. Honestly, there is probably more good talent at showcases than on the main stage at night. Every evening in Freedom Hall starting at 6:00 P.M. the singing begins with a change every twenty minutes of groups. This goes on till usually after midnight starting on Mon. and ending on Sat. night. By the end of the week you're in overload mode.
We all have a booth in the Expo center, well over 1000 spaces with hundreds of artists like myself, Kinda like a giant trade show. Now, just FYI, I set up and used one of my PAS in my booth and used it for my nightly auction. CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, you name it was donated by the artists and groups and I held 4 auctions selling the donated product with the proceeds going to Feed The Children who was funneling down for Katrina relief. This is the second year I've done something like this and demo'd the PAS. It has brought a lot of interest and more groups are looking and I found more users this year. Honestly, as I travel the country singing, every concert in a demo.
Let me also say that there are equipment companies set up there selling a lot of different equipment, but I had the only PAS people could look at, which brings up a question. Does Bose not have any hand out literature on the PAS? I would love to have some if it's available. I would love to talk to someone privately about this. Thanks.
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