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    What mains do you use?

    I understand the DSP, it's that I don't understand enough about how to tinker with it to make me dangerous (though I'm dangerous enough as is...) and improve the sound. The QSC amp we have now has basic DSP, but all I can do is connect to it via the Amplifier Navigator, I don't know where to go...
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    What mains do you use?

    Funny you should mention this. I told the story about the first time I dealt with this sound system, I undid the DSP settings and opened up the sound. The amp is a QSC CDX 4.2, which is a good amp, but the install tech didn't understand anything about it. There was a generic configuration set...
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    What mains do you use?

    Actually, we don't own QSC speakers. The group has Fulcrum Acoustic CX12s that they brought from their old home. I hung them on scaffolding roughly where they might be. I didn't bother to tune the room, just unleashed them as is because I didn't want to waste my time. The front 3rd of the...
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    Boom bases and sandbags

    This is the standard rule of thumb for lighting and sound, especially for divas. Louder=better, brighter=better. Hanging lights I usually hope for 10:1, meaning if the light weighs 75lbs I'd like the truss to support 750, especially for movers. But for something sitting on the stage deck...
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    What mains do you use?

    Since this was an old church, the walls are wood panels over plaster. Highly reflective. Adding more clouds over the area where the pit orchestra might sit sounds like a recipe for disaster. Especially since when I ask how the panels are constructed and aimed, I'm told they're "a beautiful...
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    What mains do you use?

    I just had a long conversation with a gentlemen who asked to not be named on here, but was very helpful, and I thank him. I appreciate the help and input, and more than anything, the therapy of actually venting and vocalizing my thoughts. As stated, the group TRIED to rent several high schools...
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    What mains do you use?

    Amateurs perform for the love of performing. If they had no option, they'd find a barn or grange hall or someplace. We're trying to get them into a building that's not ideal nor probably ever will be, not because they want a state of the art venue, but because they want a home.
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    What mains do you use?

    Agree and disagree. This group is amateur, but after 10 years of not losing money on any of their shows, they got, perhaps unfairly, targeted by local governments and lost their performance venue. I'll spare details, but the choice was to either fold or try to find a new home. They're...
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    What mains do you use?

    Guilty, sort of... When I first got involved with this group, they were having MAJOR problems with their sound system, specifically the wireless body packs and terrible feedback all around. First thing I did was played my favorite track from a recording (CD, Uncompressed, not mp3) and heard...
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    What mains do you use?

    Thanks for the help and suggestions. I have to chuckle at what most of you have said, and I fully agree. To be honest, I often print these discussions to take to the board so that people see that there's experts who share my opinions. Then they most often do whatever they want anyhow, but at...
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    What mains do you use?

    We're moving forward with our reno project and it's time to address the house mains, or lack thereof. I have a pretty good idea what I'd like, but I wanted to see what people are using or in some cases, still not using. I've heard some horror stories about what to stay away from. Any...
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    Hey, I thought we could share pictures of our shows...

    What movers are vomiting the light? Looks purdy for flash and trash.
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    Curtain Stacking?

    You're a life saver. I knew I wasn't that terminally crazy, just plain nuts
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    Curtain Stacking?

    I e-mailed a few people and they all said I was crazy, which is an understatement. I know at one point, someone told me that if you know the fullness as well as the carrier width plus this times that you could get a rough estimate. I know we used to use it when we'd have hanging goods that had...
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    Curtain Stacking?

    Okay, someone gave me a formula a long time ago and it got lost somewhere. When a curtain is drawn closed, how do you calculate the stacking width? I always just figured a foot for good measure, but with this renovation, I need a little more specifics. Anyone know of anything or am I just...