So what's in store for you next? Staying in the business or doing something totally different?
Well, after 30 years in live audio I am leaving the biz! I don't even know where to start? I've lurked here for many, many years and posted on occasion. First and foremost I'd like to thank all of the very talented folks that frequent this forum and contribute so much knowledge! Tom, Bennett, Pete, Art, Ivan, Mac, Tim, Doug, Bob, Evan, Kristian, Geri, Nick, Paul, and...Dave...of course! The list goes on and on!With my business partner I met in 1991, we built a small regional provider from just a tiny PA in 1985 to a good sized all digital lake driven vertec rig. We've been doing mostly smaller and B nationals these days. But, we've done FL/GA Line, Vince Neil, Luke Bryant, Billy Currington and many other "bands you've heard of" over the last several years. We've done some shows for 50 and some stadium shows for 20,000, which isn't huge...but we've been around the block a time or two! I've met some pretty amazing folks over these years and I thank you guys who still enjoy doing the show! I thank you guys who still have fun and like to share your knowledge and a few good stories!I'd like to think I had gotten pretty good at tekking and mixing, as I've had many compliments from nationals over the years. I'm normally not one to brag at all, but given the constraints I've had to work with I think I've done a good job. It really kills me to quit now, as I've hit my stride the last few years...having some really good sounding shows...but my business partner is selling out and I've no love for going out on the road again. I'd gotten quite good with Smaart and Lake processing and FIR filters. Did some neat sub array deployments that actually worked well! Even wrote some software to do sub arrays. Heck, I even tried to apply for a job with Doug doing system tunings....but I never heard back. Probably thought I was crazy! I've taught console classes for Digi/Yamaha/A&H, and I think my console workflows were pretty bangin! My gain structure was always good. I tried hard to do this "the right way", and I hope I did. Out of the thousands of shows, I don't think we ever had a complaint other than monitor mixes or not enough rig for the gig. Over the last 5 years or so, we seemed to always please the nationals...or at least we were "just another stop" with no major failures! You have no idea how hard we worked just to hear the national say "hey...everything was good...this was just another stop...no problems at all!" Most of you will know what this means!I tried to enjoy my last show Sunday night, but it was very hard. I did get to mix a most excellent Led Zep cover band, followed by a Journey cover band...that was fun! I won't miss humping cases, but for the bigger shows I always got an adrenaline rush when raising the big red knob for the first time! I'll miss the relief after the national BE turns around after bumping a few 31 bands and says "hey...sounds pretty good!". I'll miss the big crowds of people enjoying their favorite band....using my gear with my tunings! There's a great deal of satisfaction...even now with all the toys...when you hook all that crap up and it works, and works well. I won't miss the tornados, the storms, the fires, the fights....too many stories to share after 30 years! Guys, stay safe! Please...ENJOY what you do! Thanks to you all for your hard work and dedication to your craft! Thank you to IATSE and all the roadies....man you have NO idea how much we appreciate you!! Thanks all and maybe we'll see you down the road......goodbye....
You can just stop?JR
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