Up until now I've been using express/ expression line consoles for most of my gigs, but have decided I want to learn something newer, so I'm renting an Element for a dance show I have coming up next week. Nothing very artsy, its one of these big suburban dance schools with a million kids coming on in one dance after another.
I've watched all the youtube tutorials for the element and I'm feeling confident about most things, except for the fact that we often record cues out of order... The rehearsals usually happen in a different order from the final show, so I usually have the 100s be one song and then the 200s another etc. Hasn't been a problem before, but everything I've read about tracking says its best that the cues get recorded in order. Should I expect any problems? My thinking is that I should just record a blocking cue at the beginning and end of every dance and therefore keep the tracking contained to within each number. Is that what I should do?
Also any general Element tips and trick would be appreciated! Rig is about 100 channels of conventionals + couple dozen scrollers + 14 LED PARs and 4 moving heads. Really would have liked an Ion, but didn't have it in the budget. Luckily we do 0 isolation, everything is full stage, so the conventionals boil down to only a few different groups of control.