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 on: Today at 02:01:50 am 
Started by Brian Hancock - Last post by Andrew Broughton
I have wrangled Andy's M4 cases.  The show was good.  Re-wrangle M4s and cases.  Truck loaders hand stacking M4 cases?  Glad I wasn't one of them...

Shameless plug - if Rain hasn't been in your community before, kindly suggest them (or request a return visit).  The show is well done, entertaining and fun.  The crew tend to be agreeable folk, too. 8)
Oh címon! M4ís are about the lightest wedges out there, Tim! (They sound great too!)


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 on: Today at 01:47:00 am 
Started by Frank Caridi - Last post by Scott Holtzman
Same here.

Actually, bar bands in this area are still making the same money as we were back then. $150 a night, 2-3 nights a week, was damn good money when I was a kid. There were also far more venues that featured bands back then. It was a little heartbreaking when the DJs started taking over, cops started handing out DUIs the baby boomers grew up. [/swerve]

$150 a night per musician or for the whole band?  In Northeast OH the A List bar bands make 10 times that.

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 on: Today at 01:37:04 am 
Started by Sam Costa - Last post by Scott Holtzman
Scott -
I can scale back on the amount of gear I take to said venue(s) that donít have the sufficient power required for a larger system.

Granted, the powerlight amps arenít extremely hungry such as AB amps of yesteryear, but I donít want to run into an issue where the venue is asking for more sound and I didnít bring my A rig to the venue.

Some of these events are rather semi-large Portuguese festivals with attendance in upwards of 600-1000 people. So I always try to bring my A rig when I can (or when it calls for it)

My B rig would be 2 - SB600 subs with 2 - KF300 tops.
My C rig would be 2 - JBL EON 518s active subs with 2 ZLX 12p mains.

I know it is done every day, and I used to go to great lengths to help with power.  I came to an epiphany that I am just enabling the venue that booked in more than they can handle.

The best way to handle this is to educate your clients.  They will start to make power a non-negotiable item and you will be insured of the power you need without incurring the liability and potential injury.

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 on: Today at 01:27:55 am 
Started by Kevin Conlon - Last post by David Winners
Thank you Art. Interesting results but how are they 5 hours in? Time will tell. I, like many have been shy of the B word. The x32 made people pay more attention to them and maybe the are coming along. I posted a thing about china amps, kinda to see what i already know, but one of these companies is making these things. I think, hearing it from you, i may get one. The price is so cheap it worries me for real use. I have spares so if one shits out it is not a huge problem. Thank you.

I suggest you get one and flog the shit out of it. It will be under warranty if you blow it up, and you won't be out much for the experiment. That's what I did, and I bought 3 more afterwards.

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 on: Today at 12:29:32 am 
Started by Michael Porter - Last post by Allen Smith
I'm getting desperate.  I've started building a lighting setup for our band, that's being run from the stage (or on larger gigs, from a lighting person).  Right now, it's made from 12 LED lights on 8 fixtures (leaving room for FX lighting to come).

But I'm fighting a communication issue right now between the FCB1010 (A Behringer MIDI-pedal) and the Chauvet Obey 40 (a lighting controller.  For some reason I can't fathom, the protocol for lights is that the controller accepts only MIDI Note On commands (instead of something sensible like Program Change) to trigger scenes.

I can program the scenes I need on the Obey40. I can progam the FCB1010 to shoot out Note On commands to change scenes. What I CANNOT seem to do is to STOP the FCB1010 from putting out a Note Off command when I take my foot off the pedal! Either that, or get the Obey40 to ignore the Note Off command! The result is that when I step on a pedal, the Obey40 responds with the correct scene. When I take my foot off the pedal, all the lights go out! "Blackout" on the Obey40 is not being called, since the Blackout LED on the Obey40 display is not turned on, but it has the same effect.

Does anyone know what the heck is going on, and how I can fix this?  So far, Behringer and Chauvet have been no help (Chauvet thought "velocity" was the speed of transmission on the MIDI buss!).  It's working, as long as I leave my foot on the pedal, but that of course is very useless on a stage performance.  I've done MIDI programming in the past, and I'm an electronic tech, but this one has me befuddled.  I inhereted most of this, and knew the FCB1010 could output MIDI Note On, so I thought this was possible.  All I wish to do at this time is change scenes; what am I missing?

I did a little research.  The modded FCB1010 with the UNO chip has the ability to do momentary switches (midi on with pressing it, midi off with releasing it).  Is this a pedal that may already be modded?

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 on: Today at 12:24:36 am 
Started by Bob Faulkner - Last post by Mal Brown

Just because you can get away with it doesn't make it right.  Also, nothing screams amateur hour like orange extension cords - just add some knots and duct tape to complete the low-budget fire hazard look!

Hence why the Or and gry is generally the backline feeder.  Given it is a 30amp capable cord, I doubt that fire hazard is an issue.   If it is, code here mandates a fire extinguisher stage left and right...  still havenít been shut down...

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 on: Today at 12:20:44 am 
Started by Sam Costa - Last post by Sam Costa
You mean better than a non code compliant load center (that box is only rated for installation), connected by a non-licensed electrician, accepting all the liability of touching the venue box. 

If the venue doesn't have a 240 connection for you then they can't be expecting that level of a system.  You need to scale back and deal with the power that is provided.

IMHO a good powered system is a must have for these smaller venues as they don't want all the cases associated with the amps.  A set of Yamaha DSR112's and JTR 212's is a nice compact system for these types of venues.

Scott -
I can scale back on the amount of gear I take to said venue(s) that donít have the sufficient power required for a larger system.

Granted, the powerlight amps arenít extremely hungry such as AB amps of yesteryear, but I donít want to run into an issue where the venue is asking for more sound and I didnít bring my A rig to the venue.

Some of these events are rather semi-large Portuguese festivals with attendance in upwards of 600-1000 people. So I always try to bring my A rig when I can (or when it calls for it)

My B rig would be 2 - SB600 subs with 2 - KF300 tops.
My C rig would be 2 - JBL EON 518s active subs with 2 ZLX 12p mains.


 8 
 on: Today at 12:13:52 am 
Started by Michael Porter - Last post by Allen Smith
I'm getting desperate.  I've started building a lighting setup for our band, that's being run from the stage (or on larger gigs, from a lighting person).  Right now, it's made from 12 LED lights on 8 fixtures (leaving room for FX lighting to come).

But I'm fighting a communication issue right now between the FCB1010 (A Behringer MIDI-pedal) and the Chauvet Obey 40 (a lighting controller.  For some reason I can't fathom, the protocol for lights is that the controller accepts only MIDI Note On commands (instead of something sensible like Program Change) to trigger scenes.

I can program the scenes I need on the Obey40. I can progam the FCB1010 to shoot out Note On commands to change scenes. What I CANNOT seem to do is to STOP the FCB1010 from putting out a Note Off command when I take my foot off the pedal! Either that, or get the Obey40 to ignore the Note Off command! The result is that when I step on a pedal, the Obey40 responds with the correct scene. When I take my foot off the pedal, all the lights go out! "Blackout" on the Obey40 is not being called, since the Blackout LED on the Obey40 display is not turned on, but it has the same effect.

Does anyone know what the heck is going on, and how I can fix this?  So far, Behringer and Chauvet have been no help (Chauvet thought "velocity" was the speed of transmission on the MIDI buss!).  It's working, as long as I leave my foot on the pedal, but that of course is very useless on a stage performance.  I've done MIDI programming in the past, and I'm an electronic tech, but this one has me befuddled.  I inhereted most of this, and knew the FCB1010 could output MIDI Note On, so I thought this was possible.  All I wish to do at this time is change scenes; what am I missing?

I used the Obey40 and FCB1010 together until just a few weeks ago and it was excellent.  I am still using the FCB but now with Luminair although I still use it in Midi Note mode.  I have it set so that i press the pedal and it changed to the scene I wanted.  I have not modded the pedal board in any way.  I did not have to hold it down and if I inadvertantly hit the same pedal it did not turn it off.  Unfortunately my FCB is in a trailer and not available to me and honestly I have to research the settings every time I program it.  I like you was a complete MIDI novice when I programmed it last year and it was a challenge at first.

My suspicion is that the statement 'I inherited most of this' is the issue.  I would reset the pedal board to the default settings.  There is a stomp box mode that might be the issue so make sure that is off.  That setting is in the master settings.

I have a cheat sheet PDF saved in my ipad but I do not have my iPad at home either.  I can only confirm at the moment that what you are trying to do is not only possible but it works great.

I am extremely busy the next couple days but if no one posts a solution I will try to post a link to the cheat sheet I use.  Dont give up its a great combo.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:20:30 pm 
Started by Bob Faulkner - Last post by Ray Aberle
Power strips might be something we frown upon, but in the CorpAV world, they're requisite.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:11:10 pm 
Started by Isaac South - Last post by Kevin Maxwell
Really great info.  Thanks for posting.  I'll respond in the order you posted...

We aren't necesarily set on a lav.  He will be open to any of my suggestions.

I know nothing about lav mics or head-word mics.  I can see how the lav can be problematic with the movement of the head, clothing, a swinging tie, etc. 

What is the trick for placing a lav on a male?

If we went with a head (or ear) worn mike, what are some of the better options out there?
Here is my cut and Paste of what I wrote a while ago about Lav placement.

One other little trick that someone showed me a while ago. When using a lav for reinforcement on a male always try to put the lav on their tie. You want it centered to minimize the movement created distance changes when they move their head. Also have the person look down almost touching their chin to their chest and move the mic slowly up the tie, have them tell you when they can no longer see the mic. You then put the mic at the position it was just before they couldnít see it anymore. Then be sure to dress the cable very neatly, I would usually put a piece of gaffers tape on the back of the tie to keep the wire and mic in place. And for some reason this doesnít apply to women, I find with them I can clip a mic right up at their neck just under their chin and it works just fine.

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