I regularly run into places using crossover-du-jour to run Vertecs. It always sounds like crap. People always think they can "do better".
Well there's your answer. Soundbridge is crap, and so is Vertec when not used with iTech's.I would imagine that a large part of your problem is the music genre. EDM, Dubstep, Rap, and Hip Hop are the absolute worst offenders when it comes to overdriven DJ's, and mic-cupping MC's. After that, the budget for PA is typically lower for these events compared to more mainstream music. This invites the anklebiters with their half-assed rigs to come out and play.You said your self that Muse and Dave Matthews sounded fine. They had a bigger budget for PA. And they have more give-a-shit than any rap act I've ever worked with too.I would imagine that they used all the low-end that was available to them at the time. They were not willing to compromise sound quality for volume. That's a good thing.
Call me crazy George, but what if that's the rig the sound provider for these shows owned? I don't know about you, but i'm in this business to MAKE MONEY and i'm not going to turn that gig down because all I've got is a line array instead an 850 rig. Go buy a half a million dollars in PA and then turn down a gig because you don't think you've got the "proper" gear for the application.
Every scenerio calls for a seperate solution, either using the gear you own, or the gear you rent. Tim is 100% spot on. The customer may not always be right, but they're never wrong.I would suggest that if the OP is tired of hearing poorly deployed Vertecs in Ohio, that he listen to some in another state. Kansas maight be a good start.
That's the whole deal Tim. Lazy people, or people who don't care, or people who can't be bothered, will take the easy route. That route will be based on a quick visual assesment and a quick sound check. Anyone can make any system sound bad, and it doesn't matter whose array it is either. Owning or installing a rig is only a part of the picture, the canvas for the painting. The challange is always putting on the paint.
I would imagine that a large part of your problem is the music genre. EDM, Dubstep, Rap, and Hip Hop are the absolute worst offenders when it comes to overdriven DJ's, and mic-cupping MC's.
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