MulletOver wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:04 pm
Curious how this gig went?
It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but now that i have a moment to catch my breath I wanted to report back.
First off, I am LOVING the little 2x6 SLAP's in conjunction with the 4x6.
I've been using them "spiraled" for these gigs.
I've been doing 2 different gigs with this in this time-frame:
1) 5 piece Blues/R&B band with 3 singers and a narrator for a Civil Rights history program that ties in story, narration, and both traditional and contemporary Blues, Gospel, Spiritual, and R&B.
2) Formal Dedication Ceremony of a Memorial.
The 1st gig was a little "mini-tour" where we did 7 shows across 5 days in different locations around our region.
3 shows were within 24 hours of one another. We were MOVIN' and GROOVIN'! (hard work, but i really enjoyed the challenges it presented.)
We were in large and small rooms, but the basic PA setup was the SLAP's and T39's.
In the largest rooms, we ran 4 T39's, and both sets of SLAP's.
I used a Driverack Venue360 to allow separate feeds to the tops vs. the subs. I find it VERY useful to keep everything out of the subs that doesn't NEED to be in the subs (so no vocal mics, no guitars, pretty much just kick, bass, and keys.)
Instrument wise, we used a Beyer M88TG on kick, 1 Beyer M160 on overhead, M160 on Sax, M160 on Acoustic Gtr, and Senn e609's on each of two guitar amps (just to save space over a 57 and a stand.) Keys and Bass were DI'd.
In the smaller rooms, we ran 2 T39's and sometimes just the 4x6, but added the 2x6's if we felt it was necessary to fill for a close audience.
Monitoring was a mix of WH8's and WH10's, with the powered Simplex Tilt-Back for the keyboard player and the pair of Simplex 12's on Bass duty.
The show gets loud in certain passages. The PA kept up with it fine except in the smallest most reflective rooms where the band alone was too much. We definitely struggled in those spaces to find the right balance. Also, I was never able to get quite what i wanted out of the monitors, but i'll blame that on inadequate setup time in the rooms to get a good EQ on them (although we ran massive amounts of Anti-Feedback suppression on them, often maxing out the full 24 bands of each channel of AFS2)... well that and the fact that our Drummer and Bass Player are both basically deaf and constantly need more and more from their monitors. Bass Player was basically SITTING on the dual Simplex 12's (with 3012LF's) and STILL wanted more and more of his bass in his WH10, plus they need the narrator and singers for dialog cues. That was a challenge in the small rooms since I was getting so much sound in the room from the back sides of their monitors. I need to spend more time with the QSC Amp Navigator software and i guess get some USB to Ethernet stuff happening so I can make those sort of adjustments on the fly from my FOH mix position. That software is REALLY un-intuitive to me, but then again so is the Crown stuff... I have some complaints about the DBX Driverack stuff too, but it's leaps and bounds better than the others.
For the formal event, I ran the combo of the SLAP's again in spiral.
I placed 2 T39's (20") slightly under each side of the stage with their horns protruding out the sides. Since this was an outdoor event, we didn't need to observe the 53 foot spread of the subs and it seemed to work very well. I was EXTREMELY pleased with the low frequency response. It was just nice and warm and put a smile on my face no matter where i was in the audience.
There was a modest stage that held about 25 (15 piece choir, the rest were local/state dignitaries, speakers, pastors, etc.)
There was a 40'x80' tent that held the 350, then there was crowd bleed all around the tent from about half-way back and around the rear.
We were probably closer to 500 in attendance.
Media/Press was setup in the rear and I provided a fixed mix to them via an aux send and then we split it with some of those little Horizon 1x3 splitters (we cascaded 2 of them.)
We setup a podium mic, an additional mic for the keynote speaker (an elderly lady who needed to remain seated for the duration of her speech) and a couple of choir mics. I used Shure Beta 87's for the speakers/podium and some Beyerdynamic M160's for the choir. I again used the Simplex Tiltback (powered) for the keyboard player and had a single cab Simplex 12 for the Bass player (who at the last minute decided not to play Bass and just sing in the choir - but we were prepared.)
We also placed a pair of WH8's at the front of the stage for the choir to hear the keys. I didn't mean to run anything else through them, but i realized half-way through that I did in fact have the wireless 58 that the choir asked for last minute (for their lead & soloists) running through them. We hadn't properly sound-checked for that, but it seemed to be OK.
Maybe someday I'll finish the 4 DR250's I have probably 1/4 of the way started, and I could probably use double that for the outdoor events I'd like to start bidding on, but today I'm VERY pleased with these SLAP's and will definitely build another set of the 2x6's in the near future.