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  • I'll confess to my most recent stupid moment....

    We were booked to play a summer concert series at ISU a couple weeks ago so I contact the University tech guy to advance the show and find out they have an older JBL SR system and an A&H GL2400 at FOH with monitors mixed from there. No problem, I mix their monitors from FOH most the time. He's a nice guy and assures me they will have all cabling and a full Shure mic assortment. Sounds good.

    We arrive at 3:15 to unload for our agreed upon 50 sound check which will leave time for the opener to set up and for us to catch dinner before our 70 showtime.
    The sound crew (of 2) have all the big stuff set out, but nothings hooked up so we go to check into our rooms to stay out of their way while they get ready. An hour later, the opener arrives but nothing much has changed stage wise so we start setting up our gear anyway. Head tech dude disappears and 40 minutes later helper dude is still running speaker cables. I figure somebody better do something or openers are going to be totally hosed. So I start patching in FOH and the band starts running cables to the snake. Kinda funky, but we deal with it. Sound dude returns at this point and the full "Shure assortment" turns out to be our choice of SM58s or SM57s plus a Beta 52. Well, at least I threw in our vocal mics....... Not the end of the world, but it's the last time I'll go without our full mic kit.
    We finally get ready to sound check and helper dude has totally hosed up the drum loom. Time is ticking and I'm trying to get things straightened out via talkback from 100' out. I'm all set except for floor tom but I'm getting flustered and pissed off. My voice is raising in level asking where the hell is the floor tom? Drummer yells back "I DON'T HAVE A FLOOR TOM".
    Huh....... that's weird, she loves her floor tom. Oh well I guess we forgot it or something. Let's get on with it time is ticking. There's more to this story, but to cut to the chase. We do a quick sound check and leave for a very quick dinner and leave the opener to sound dude. Opener plays, we go on and have a great show to a small but appreciative crowd that buys lots of Cds and bathes us all in compliments.
    We go to a local bar that has an open mic night for drinks after the show and I ask the drummer WTF? Where was your floor tom? She replys WTFAYTA, it was right on stage with no damn mic on it all show long.

    What we have here is a failure to communicate! That and a lack of a drum riser for me see anything at the time and a flustered mind. Still, you'd think I'd notice at some point...

    Oh well, nobody got hurt. Winston
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      • Interesting that this thread is in both the archives and in the normal forum.



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        • it deserves no less

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          • Here's one for ya. Just happened the other day. Setting up my gear to the board, I was trying to setup the Aux sends to the EQ. I received a phone call in the middle of the setup, which got me sidetracked. After the call, I went back to what I thought I was doing. I was hooking up the direct out to the EQ and wondered why all the hum and no signal. Stupid

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            • Glad to see this thread is still alive...it's been awesome reading it, but there went about three days of productivity =]
              I've got a few stories to tell, but nothing like MrKnobs =]

              I guess I'll start with a short one--the time where I almost fell asleep at the console =]

              I'd come home from a retreat earlier that day, and I was supposed to run sound for a prayer meeting at my church. Some live music (keys, bass, drums, vox) and a mic for the prayer leader, etc.
              Which was all great, but I was so tired...and I'm sitting buried in warm gear, with the warm console right next to me =]
              I'd doze off listening to the prayers, and just listen for the "amen" part when I actually had to do stuff. Fortunately the system isn't prone to feedback or anything, so it went off without much of a hitch. Then again, I was almost asleep half the time, so what do I know? =]

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              • Many years ago, I did one of the most embarrasing things at a show. I was mixing FOH for a Windham Hill music event (I did all the Windham Hill shows in the area at that time) with 5 acts in a 2500 seat (IA crew) theatre and we were all really tired. Load-in was noon after a 4 hour drive and there were 5 soundchecks. The music is beyond easy listening, really mellow. About 2 hours into the show I doze off and my head hits the console (didn't cause any changes in the show, missed the faders) but scared the hell out of me and a couple of the audience members sitting behind FOH. Had a hell of a bump and almost knocked myself out. After the 3-1/2 hour event, we load out and drive away. I tell my monitor guy what happened and he's laughing so hard there's tears in his eyes... he also fell asleep at monitor world but was undetected. We were so tired that we pulled the rig off the road and slept for a few hours only 10 or so miles away from the venue. No way we could stay awake.

                This is not so funny, I knew a local sound guy who worked for a competitor who was so tired after a gig that he fell asleep at the wheel and went off the road into a canyon. Died at the scene. One of our local IA guys was driving home from a shed gig and didn't see a train coming at a grade crossing and was killed instantly. The moral here is to be aware of fatigue.
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                • I was working at a high school musical tribute gig on saturday and the Lampie plugged into my ring without me knowing.

                  It turns out some of his lights were dodgy, and half way through the show, half his lights and my whole PA shut down with a bang. Leaving 800 10-year old girls singing along to nothing.

                  He got an earful after that gig, I have a string of gigs coming up where I'm working with him.

                  Its taught me to double check everyone's work no matter how good they claim they are. He told me he is a tech in a local A/B-class venue.

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                  • He plugged his lights into your non-dimmed sound power? How did he dim his lights?
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                    • My lead guitarist got clothes-lined by one of his absolutely DRUNK friends, locking him in a makeshift chokehold and falling backwards. The two of them bounced off his guitar rig, and made one of my PA stacks wobble back and forth. Thought my headstock was about to be speared through his chest. I hate people who cannot control their drinking. Get drunk. Don't get stupid drunk.


                      Doing a block party. No stage, just set up on the street. We used caution tape to block off the area around the stage so the ignorant braindamaged children on the block (you will never understand how retarded all these kids are) don't skateboard or bike through our gear and all the cables laying everywhere. Well... I shoulda taped some spinning cop lights as well, cuz apparently bright yellow tape isn't visible to retarded children. Kid bikes right into the tape, and clotheslines himself off his own bike. PWND by wimpy, flexible caution tape.
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                      • He didn't. He forgot his dimmer packs and blinded the front 3 rows.

                        He was also responsible for bringing the PA, (I was just in to work it, I'm freelance and he's employed by the director of the act).
                        He forgot the poles for the speakers and we had to set tables on the subs to put the tops on.

                        I warned him several times about H&S and the possibility of being sued if one of the cast/audience/me goes up in smoke. He told me he didn't care because the director was employing him and had the insurance.

                        It wanted to punch him, because my reputation relies on the gigs going well, and I don't want to see anyone fried because of careless mistakes or blatant negligence.

                        I warned him not to try anything like that in future shows.

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                        • Don't work with him!!! Time to find another partnership elsewhere!
                          "Understanding that sentence meant he wasn't much of a chess player." - Abzurd

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                          • Sleeping while driving isn't cool, take a nap if a rockstar drink won't wake you up...

                            But, I provided sound and lighting for a 5000 person event "international festival" in seattle this summer. The music was... well it was. 7am call for sunday am and I had 9 gigs in the 4 days that weekend INCLUDING 4 weddings; one of which was my brother's.

                            I ran monitor world, I sat on the subs once the church was dialed in...
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                            • Jerry always watches power like a hawk. He always tells me "it's considered bad form to electrocute the talent".
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                              • Sorry about the cut off, I ended up falling asleep for a couple minutes until thru the earpiece I hear,"WAKE UP M****F****r!"
                                that sukked...
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