I agree! Unfortunately in this case, they had the sound board on hand and it was free. It is actually rather commical to look at our booth. on one side of the table is a board that could do studio quality recordings and on the other side is, well, lets face it, a rather large on/off switch for the lights.
Oh im sure they are spending money on something or other... Hum heads always are. If its important is another question all together, and the answer is usually no. Condoms for the wireless mics? Naaa. New mic elements? Dont need em. Non JBL PA? No need. Tons of batteries? Do they really use one set per show? Heres 4 AAs for spares. Done and done!I agree! Unfortunately in this case, they had the sound board on hand and it was free. It is actually rather commical to look at our booth. on one side of the table is a board that could do studio quality recordings and on the other side is, well, lets face it, a rather large on/off switch for the lights.
Excellent point. I don't remember what the board is, it's probably mentioned earlier in the thread, but I did plenty of shows in an 800-seat space on a 24-channel board. I bet most of us could do this one on 16. After all, how many lights will fit in a 60-seater?
Ok, I'm pretty sure I'm the only person that is going to suggest this, but....
You said you're in a 60 seat theater? No offense, but you don't really need anything more than the small board you have.
If you're running a lot of movers/DMX channels then I'd say go the software route. If not, then I'd just stick with what you're using. I know its kind of lame, but honestly part of your job is to be able to do the best you can with what you have.
It sounds like you have a true "no budget" there. That's not like the normal no budget that a lot of people here seem used to, where it means you just can't get what you want, but you can still get something good. If you really have no budget, then your choice should be pretty simple. Use what's on hand and make the best of it.
Having the latest and greatest console is like having the latest bicycle. It will give you the edge and make things less painless, but in the end you're the one pushing it forward.