I can't do that much sugar in that kind of heat. I like lemon shake-ups, but we are lucky enough that our promoter is supplying all the drinks. They have huge coolers backstage filled with bottled water and beer for the bands. Water is for the mid-day bands (us) to stay alive, and the evening acts consume the beer because, well... it's FREE!
Good idea! I think next year, we will plan this. Yesterday we used the Bose again. 100 Degrees and 80% humidity, but we have a new approach. We arive early and move at a snails pace. Takes us an hour to setup what normally would take us 20 minutes, but it's much safer and easier on us.
Yes, we think it was a great learning experience. A reminder of what once was. Over 2 years playing exclusively with the Bose and thinking we could do shows without the Bose to save time and avoid heat stroke - lesson learned (more like a disciplinary smack in the face).
As I was saying, it was just as hot yesterday and today is suppose to be the last day of this heat wave.
We arrived early, took our time setting up (stopping to rest now and then), introduced the new soundman to the Bose and showed him where to take his feeds. We did our own sound check on stage, which is just getting a comfortable stage level (3 minutes, maybe), and then let the soundman have a few minutes to mix the mains. Simple!
The new soundman (who is not the same guy we had the first day), is very open to our Bose and he found it to be wonderfully unique... and less work for him.
He uses two 36 channel "Allen/Heath" boards to accomidate all the acts that play this stage. Some of the acts will need several channels, but the soundman found 8 channels at the end of the board that would probably not be used for anything, so he labeled it for us (since we play there everyday, unlike the other acts).
This is great for him and us. The 8 channels set aside for us are labeled, "Do Not Touch" and now we just setup, he plugs us into the pre-defined snake channels, checks to make sure he's getting the 7 signals from the Bose and we are ready to go without a sound check. All he needs to do is set the main volume and he can walk away. I think he likes this setup as much as we do. His joy was expressed with a big smile when, during our system check, I was testing my mic and announced to him, "Kill all stage monitors - none will be needed"
We have a great stage mix that is no different from any other gig we play and once he gets a comfortable volume from the mains, he is done.
My conclusion; there have been many discusions about how the Bose will work in a huge venue. It's simple actually and makes more sense than conventional sound setups.
We spend hours gig'ing and trying to get the sound we want. The Bose, as our main PA, has been shaped by us to become part of our package that we fold ourselves into. Like a package that is delivered and opened. I think of it as "Band in a box", like a module of sorts.
Mr. Soundman - kill all stage monitors, Point us to the inputs of your Monster PA and we will open this package that you hired. All you will need to do is mix the mains and add tone/eq needed for this particular venue.
The band hears exactly what they have always heard and what they have shaped themselves into. For the band, at least us anyway, it's no different than playing in a 1 car garage somewhere. Setup is exactly the same, the sound is exactly the same. Beautiful and simple.
The way I see it, a Bose band such as this, is a plug and play module that would make any soundman happy and I'm happy because I am as familiar here on this stage as I would be in that 1 stall garage back home.
- Dickie Ray, August 15, 2007
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