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22 October 2004 @ 09:44 am
The Stage Is Set  
It begins Saturday.

I wish it was going to be a day game. I think baseball is really missing a bet by not having the game scheduled where more kids can watch or see it - it isn't like the ratings will be that much less on a Saturday afternoon as opposed to Saturday night.

I now have to leave the path of my dear friend billroper and walk on in solidarity with khaosworks toward what will hopefully be a Red Sox victory in the Series.

All I ask is that there be no Bill Buckner moments.


In other news, we finished up a very successful Three Weird Sisters/YAAD gig at 5 Seasons Brewery last night. Started loading the car at 17.30 and got home at 01.45, so it was a long day. Setting up gear in a new space (particularly an odd one with high loft canvas ceilings and lots of glass walls) is difficult, but I think (with some help from one of the North Georgia floating sound crew members) we finally got it to sound good.

I need a new board - the current 8+ channel Spirit mixer isn't going to cut it, I need to splurge on a 16 channel with at least 4 independent monitor mixes available. Sigh. That's what happens when we expand our instrument count exponentially.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Dervish, "at the end of the day"
Scott Snyderbardiclug on October 22nd, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
I've used the Mackie 1642-vlz Pro LOTS and they are solid and sound good:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/1642vlzPro/ The mic-pre's are especially nice.

The Eurorack UB2442FX-PRO is cheaper, but I don't know how good it sounds (as I've never used it). I tend to have a bias against Behringer, but that's just me. :)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on October 22nd, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Mixers
The hard part about passing up the Behringer is that it is half the cost of an equivalent Mackie or (used) Spirit board. If it is usable at all that's a heck of a savings.

Any particular reason you have a bias against Behringer?
Scott Snyderbardiclug on October 22nd, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Mixers
All my experiences with them have left me feeling they are "junky". I guess I don't always buy that cheaper is better, especially with sound gear.

I do have a Bass V-Amp, and have no complaints - but there is no comparison if you put it beside my Line6 Pod ProXT. The Behringer products cost less for a reason, it's not like you are getting the same product for half the price. The margin on these things is small, which means you are somehow getting half the product for half the price. When it comes to a mix board, that bothers me.

On the other hand - live applications are more forgiving than studio, so it will probably work out for you. And at that price, it's fairly disposable. :)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on October 23rd, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Mixers
I got Dirt Cheap Music (a local bargain basement gear store) down to the Internet price and discounted throwins (bag, cables) on the Behringer, so I went ahead and got it.

Their trade-in offer for the Spirit Folio FX-8 was crap, though, so I'll be taking the plunge into eBay selling and see if I can get a couple hundred for it. It still discount retails for about $500, so I hope I can get half that for a good used one.

We'll see how it goes. Got to pull it from the rack and weigh it for the shipping estimate, then get a picture.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on October 23rd, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Mixers
Oh, I guess I should be specific and say I got the SL2442FX-PRO, which has 16 mono/XLR inputs and 4 stereo inputs, 4 subs plus stereo main plus mono main.

I'm hooking it up for full testing and wiring checkout tonight.
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Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on October 22nd, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
Going to Waffle House is part of the gig :D

At least we didn't have to drive back to Alabama like quadrivium
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