What a disaster...went to see a friends band play last night...four piece hard rock back, loud drums, bass, and guitar, with one lead singer, and two guys doing backing as well. Nothing out of the ordinary...
Venue is your every day corner bar, but with a raised stage area, and the drums are stuck in the back with a low ceiling, almost like a cave setting for the band.
I walk in and as a musician, say hi to my friends and then start checking out the PA gear they rented from this "sound company" for the gig...speakers are all passive Mackie stuff with badges removed...double 15 inchers over 18 inch sub per side, monitors were active 8 inch JBL Eon's, and the rack had a crown amps, a couple of eq's, etc. all mics were sm 58's....nothing great, but nothing horrible...the mixer was one of these new mackie, tablet based, 16 channel mixers...haven't heard one yet, so I was looking forward to it.
Well, sound wsa to loud all night, muddy as hell, and feedback was a constant with monitors...worst part was that the "sound tech" kept walking around the venue with a tablet, constantly messing with the sound! And I mean constantly!
Picture a dj mixing tracks,this is whatthis guy looked like, and sounded like! Vocals would go up and down, lead guitar would would dissapear and the be brought up so loud that feedback would blow up! The dude with the tablet literally had no feel for the faders on his tablet, so it was all or nothing on this thing!
Worst part were his "creative" use of effects on the vocals! He would add delays, and crazy reverbs on the fly, as he saw fit, I guess in an attempt to be creative? Killed any chnace the seinger had to use mic technique, or the band of working any harmonies, etc...this "sound guy" reminded me of the Makcie comercial with the crazy sound guy tripping with the tablet...running around dancing, etc.
Set ends, band is pissed, and these are not guys you wanna piss off...drummer has a few words with the sound guy, they bring the volumes down, and back to basic, and issues a no-mixing on the fly directive to the sound guy...secondset starts and it's better, not great, but better...a couple of songs in, sound dude starts getting creative again...no bueno...oh well...
All night I wanted to go over, bitch slap the sound dude, and take his tablet away from him but it wasn't my gig, and there were plpenty of people there that are closer to the band that could have done that for them, so I stayed quiet, and tried to enjoyed myself with some friends.
Sad to say that my friends band gives the sound guys they hire, almost 100% of what they make for the gigs, they just want to sound good for their friends, and family, they deserve better than this.