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STILL RUNNING YOUR OWN SOUND?

"How hard can it be" you say, "I can run sound"
You hop in the van and you all do the rounds
At Banjo BarnTM you drop four Gs or five
Buy a sound system - now we play live


At next rehearsal it all works a treat
You even got reverb, now isn't that neat?
You load up the van, sweat like a pig
And haul it all off to do your next gig


You arrive to the gig just a little bit late
And set up the system like the manual relates
It's just about done when you begin to despair
As the manager yells "you can't put that there!"


He points and you move it all where he says it goes
You're ready to cry when the house power blows
Your bandmates are cussin, the pressure is on
But try as you might, you don't know what's wrong


You're struggling and straining, sweating and stressed
This is one gig you won't be playing your best
You're a musician, don't mess with the gear
Do the right thing, hire a Sound Engineer


Call 443 540 2588


Trying to play and run sound at the same time is a total PITA. There's no way you can do both well.

Optimizing and running other people's systems is mainly what I do.

In the club/pub circuit, I usually get a call when the unfortunate musician saddled with being the soundperson gets tired of being responsible for the band's sound and PA system, a situation I can sympathize with fully!

WHAT YOU DO:

Turn up at the gig a little earlier than you normally would.
Bring all the stuff you normally bring - you are not renting a sound system, you're hiring a sound guy!

WHAT I DO:

Before the show:

  • Turn up early at the venue, check in with the venue management/ staff,
  • check out stuff like stage space, location for PA equipment, board etc,
  • check out the power situation, location and safety,
  • check out cable runs.

When the band arrives:

  • position PA & monitors,
  • set up mics & stands,
  • make sure the power distribution for sound & back line is sane & safe,
  • set up the board
  • check the sound system is getting signal to PA & monitors,
  • run sound check with the band.

Run sound for the show:

  • Mix band for best musical result
  • Add judicious effects
  • Keep levels sane
  • Pay attention to cues

At the close of the show:

  • dismantle sound gear,
  • wrap cables

I supply my own digital board, mics, stands, cables and if required.

I can also help with and advise on:

  • home recording set ups,
  • sound systems,
  • installations,
  • mics,
  • mixers,
  • amps,
  • speakers,
  • snakes,
  • cables.

I know sound systems inside-out
(I used to build them, I owned and ran a large sound rental company - ask for my resume!)
If your system needs a tune-up, give me a call.


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Paul
Cell 443 540 2588
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