Just thought I would give a little "praise report" on a gig we had on Saturday. I hate to sound like a Bose commercial, but I can't resist!
My daughter and I (flute and keyboard duo) played at an open house party for someone who had bid on our services at a charity auction a while back.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when we got there. I didn't know anything about the size or layout of the place nor the room we would be playing in, so we prepared for a number of different scenarios, including the likelihood that we would not be miking up my daughter's flute. I just assumed that playing inside of a home, she would not need any amplification.
When we pulled into the driveway I was awe...in awe that some people actually live in magnificent structures like this! (I discovered later that the owner had bought the property from former Detroit Tiger and L.A. Dodger Kirk Gibson). The enormous house was cut into a steep hillside overlooking a beautiful, glittering lake. From the front side it only looked like about a one-and-a-half story contemporary home, but from the back it was about four-five stories high, and was like a castle. That's how steep the hill was. We had arrived just as the sun was on its way down on the other side of the lake. It was a fascinating locale on a perfect, Michigan autumn day.
It turned out they wanted us situated in the highest part of the house, in a loft-type area that was open to the main entry floor below. There was no question of using the L1® but I wasn't sure whether to mike up my daughter's flute or not. In the end, logic won out, thank heavens! I decided we should use the microphone because I wanted to make sure the flute's sound got the same "throw" as my keyboard. I wasn't sure how the sound would carry below, but at least it would all be coming through the L1® and the mix would be dispersing equally.
The result was amazing. The acoustics of the house combined with the L1® to create a really magical sound. I went below as we were testing the sound while my daughter played her flute. The music had an ethereal quality, "floating" from no easily identifiable direction and permeating throughout (even though the volume was set at a very modest level).
Soon the guests started to arrive, and the house was filled with the usual ebbs and flows of conversational buzzing punctuated by occasional bursts of raucous laughter: signs that everybody was having a good time.
Being up where we were, we only had sporadic traffic from the guests below and therefore limited response toward our playing. But we were encouraged by a person who came up to visit us and had a look of wonder on her face, as she mentioned she could hear us all the way to the bottom floor. At another point a man came by, and although he said nothing, it was obvious he was fascinated by the L1® tower, as he walked around it trying to make some sense of its mystical powers!
The main bulk of the feedback from the guests came after we had finished while we were packing up and loading the van. We were rather overwhelmed by the compliments, many of which related to how the sound traveled not only throughout the house, including the lowest levels, but also out onto the multi-levels of decking outside on the hillside overlooking the lake. I got a kick out of one guy who, referring to the fullness of the sound, said he thought he was listening to the N.Y. Philharmonic Orchestra!
Another man who was stationed in the front of the house and was providing limo service told us how clearly he could hear us...even though all the windows on that side of the house were closed.
All in all, chalk up another fine, memory-making gig with special thanks again to the L1® system. I've had mine for a couple of years now but continue to be impressed by these kind of responses. Maybe someday I'll start taking it for granted, but I guess I'm not there yet!
-David A, October 14, 2008
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