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 on: Today at 01:44:59 am 
Started by Pete Erskine - Last post by Ryan Trefethen
Ryan and Brian, I agree with your assessments about local sidetone. Another phenomenon that I've observed is that when most users notice the breakup, they say something like, "I think John needs a new battery," or "I think I need a new battery." It's better than "Hey A2, I notice some errors resulting from multipath interference, did you spec the wrong com system for this venue?"

Ha this is very funny. Yes getting a battery replaced is akin to leaning over the monitor desk and "making" the adjustment. 60% of the time it works every time.

I'll add that I purchased the pizza pans recommended by Pete and did a quick A/B test with and without them in the Santa Clara Convention Center exhibit halls. They did not improve the breakup for me in that room, but it was very minimal to begin with.

Yes Ross, I too tried the trays at my event and that did not help my particular problem. I believe my problem was not multipath but just noise floor issues. Which the stage shielding the antennas seemed to help.  Wonder if you tried something silly like putting them in a closed road case on a short stand.  Putting mine under the stage and under tables near the users most likely reduced my range but I was lucky to have 10 antennas in that system and I used them all to account for this.



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 on: Today at 01:08:00 am 
Started by John P. Farrell - Last post by John P. Farrell
After much searching about, i bought this...

https://www.portabrace.com/hard-cases/2550-hard-case-with-divider-kit.html


Thanks for the heads up on this.  I just ordered one for $169 with the divider kit and got free shipping also.  Lighter than the Pelican, too!  I have no doubt this'll work out very well, and it should be easily identifiable in the sea of pelicans I'm constantly surrounded by. 

JF

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 on: Yesterday at 11:58:49 pm 
Started by Nathan Riddle - Last post by Ray Aberle
I feel like, since Nathan posted that (from 2 years ago) I should provide an update. :)

- Our business has increased every year. As in 30-50% increases year over year. Retail (the eBay sales stuff) has certainly helped with that, but the last two years have been about the same retail-wise-- and production continues to grow.

- Last year, we replaced all of the used I-Techs that I had purchased in 2014 for the VerTecs with I-Tech HDs. The conventional I-Techs have been having problems (every year, one or two have to go back for repair) and I need to ensure that we have reliable amps for shows! Last year, we also purchased a small fleet of new road cases, added more VRX boxes and STX812M wedges, doubled our QLX-D wireless inventory, added pipe & drape, and purchased the CL5/Rio, press mults, Worker lifts, and a new Motion Labs distro.  ($130K or more spent in 2016!)  We also lost 5 cable ramps, but let's not remember that...

But more importantly, and to the point of that previous thread ("do you feel that owning a line array is a necessity to do this type of work full time?")--

Would that $130K in new gear in 2016 have been needed if I didn't have our VerTec rig? No.
Would I have purchased any of that if I didn't own the VerTec rig? No.
Did the VerTec rig produce/cause a significant portion of our income in 2016? Absofuckinglutely.

Without that system...
- We wouldn't have made the introduction into political rallies last year, which (between campaign appearances and other shows we performed as a result of the campaign appearances) was a good 20% of our gross billing last year.
- We wouldn't have met the people that are running a major convention in San Jose in January and Reno in June. Those two shows this year represent nearly 15% of our business this year alone.
- We wouldn't have JUST had a nice rental this past week at a local church for a youth conference.
- The show I mentioned in the previous post, where I got it cos I could guarantee them the VerTecs would not have happened. Granted, they stiffed me on 50% of the payment (UGH!) but still.... loolz.
- Touring Yoga show in May that we're doing for the second year... wouldn't have happened.
- Being a part of Microsoft's Windows 10 launch event... wouldn't have happened...

It was worth it. Yeah, I'm oooozing loads of money on a monthly basis (if the VerTecs go out once a month, I'm OK, but if they don't...).

You know what's even more important? Through people I have met ONLY BECAUSE I have the VerTec rig, I have met some great new guys that are now on OUR rolodex. It's a LOT easier for me to staff shows these days-- one call, or two, and it's handled. My guys like that I pay them onsite, BAM. Literally, Sunday evening, one of my techs said that's why he (and his wife) LOVE me- that none of the other companies he works for pays that damn fast. I am finally getting to the point where I don't have to work EVERY SHOW-- my team is good, and they make me look good every day. I like being able to send a team out to a show and know that everything is going to run as smooth as possible.

Here's a keeper from this: Gear doesn't mean shit most of the time. It's the people. And it's not just the ability to run a show- it's how they interact with the client, the talent and the guests. You can be the best mixperson in the world, but if everyone hates you, then you're not going to go far. We wouldn't be growing at this rate, with JUST the VerTec rig, if I didn't have top-notch people to send out with it.

Oh, and my parents still live with me, but my sister and her daughters moved out. =-\

Ray

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 on: Yesterday at 11:06:16 pm 
Started by phillip.burdick - Last post by phillip.burdick
Scratch that.... goggle does wonders.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:05:51 pm 
Started by Chris Edwards - Last post by Stephen Kirby
FWIW the Sensaphonics I had done this year at NAMM were done with an audiologist in their booth and foam impressions. They fit great right out of the box. Perhaps a lesson to be learned there regarding getting impressions done correctly.
Lisa T. did the impressions for my ER15s and Shure sleeves for IEMs.  She flies between SF and LA for Sensaphonics doing their impressions.  She really knows what she's doing and how the plugs will be used.  Earlier plugs I had made by my health plan's audiologist were painful after about an hour.  I had less of an issue with crowd sound than I had with hearing the other instruments on stage.  A touring pro on The Gear Page suggested stereo and that really helped.  We did ambient mics as well.  I still disagree with the use of IEMs for small time acts where you don't have a dedicated monitor engineer.  But I'm a musician first and sound operator second.  I'll work with acts that have excessive stage volume the best I can with the wedges I've got.  But I won't tell them how to position their amps or that they need to use IEMs.  That's up to them.  I'm there to get what they do across the best I can.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:02:22 pm 
Started by phillip.burdick - Last post by phillip.burdick
Oh and what do you mean by align? As in physically align the speakers or ??

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 on: Yesterday at 10:45:32 pm 
Started by Richard Penrose - Last post by Stephen Kirby
I have a dolly where two DSRs sit angled face to face with the backs in opposite corners.  Fairly compact.  But there are times when I'm using them in a bar gig, throwing them in the back of my Mazda 3 or just moving them around.  It seems like more handles would be nice, but it's never been a problem for me.

Agreed about the load in logistics.  Grassy fields, stairs, dumbwaiters, narrow hallways.  All add to the pain of a gig.  At least out here we rarely have to deal with snow and icy parking lots.  A couple times in the mountains was enough for me.  Pile the gear onto a snowcat?  Okay, but I won't be back next year.  ;)

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 on: Yesterday at 10:16:04 pm 
Started by Travis_Valois - Last post by Travis_Valois
Hello fellow Labsters!

I'm  looking for some  recommendations for recone facilities in Canada, preferably Ontario.

Help?


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 on: Yesterday at 10:08:26 pm 
Started by Chris Edwards - Last post by Ned Ward
Word to the wise - I had ear molds made for my Shure E2c (consumer grade, but more for listening on the plane than IEM). The audiologist warned that if you lose a lot of weight, they won't fit.

For the past 15 years that hasn't been a problem, but now that I'm getting back under my weight when I had them made I am noticing they're a bit looser. Then again so are my pants.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:59:57 pm 
Started by Mike Diack - Last post by Stephen Kirby
Wow!  I feel old.  It's so obvious that this is a passive speaker daisy chained with at least one other box than I didn't notice the cables until 10 people got wrapped around the axle.

The joke is the use of the pole socket.     :o

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