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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / End of gig amp and PA settings. Rant, sort of.

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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Jul 27th, 2017 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does he touch your amp? Tweaking another guy's amp is over the line. If he's doing that you might wire up a footswitchable ground lift.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 27th, 2017 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I was so astonished I didn't know what to say to him. He thought he was doing good. :-("

People who don't know how to operate a PA or who don't know a thing about tone should leave the equipment alone.

One of the guys in my old geezer band will sometimes set every knob on his amp on the exact same number. Most of the time it is 2 or 3. I pointed this out to him and talked to him about it and he said "I like it that way". He is the same guy who raked his hand across the controls of our old Shure Vocal Master right after we finished a gig. His tone is usually terrible.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jul 28th, 2017 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll admit, when I first started gigging, back in the '70's, I used to have all the controls on "10", apart from volume which was usually 2 or 3 (Marshall stack). :-)

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So. Cal. USA

Jul 28th, 2017 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the day and today as well I guess, I zero all outputs and channel sliders on PA mixers. I mute all channels. Break switch engaged. You just never know who is going to be plugging in and making huge pops. Mixer on first, amps on last as a general rule. I never touch EQ unless needed. I have Mackie boards that are 15+ years old and work perfectly.

I now have a wireless mixer and the Mackies stay pretty much at home. Very convenient. I save the "scene" at the end of each gig for each room we play in and for other bands I do sound for. Very little fiddling except for muting and unmuting channels and the mains. So if I'm doing sound for the Silver Beatles for example I just call up their file and load it. The virtual mixer display is all set up, channel labled, EQ'd and I have a rough mix if not time for a real sound check. Unmute and I'm ready for the show. No pots, no muss, no fuss and NO SNAKE, yay.

The amp tech has his way and that's the way they/we are. Everybody sees things differently. Ideally a pot that's twisted a bit should stay cleaner however it will wear a bit more. No difference IMO. They get dirty do to conditions of storage more than anything. This is where this stuff spends most of its time.

I will say that in one particular instance, QSC RMX series power amps, the volume pots for each channel should be cycled regularly. They are prone to dirt failure and don't clean well. I've replace 3-4 of them in my own gear and have a RMX850 in my bass rig that needs a pot now. I think the cooling fan drags crud into them.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Jul 29th, 2017 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

With a few exceptions we all have a camera in our cell phone. So, yes its easy to take a photo of the settings and if they every get changed just check the photo on your phone.

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