I have been on this site many times for all the great advice but this is my first post. I am the full time sound engineer for an 8 piece band called Portabello, we are based in Derry Northern Ireland.
The line up is drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, trombone, saxophone, trumpet and vocals. Plus 4 of the guys have mics for singing backing vocals. The trumpet player sings lead in a few but 90% is Bronach, our female singer.
Compared to the rest of you guys I have the bare bones of what I need. Just enough and no more.
2 x Cerwin Vega Intense 252s
2 x Cerwin Vega Intense 118s
2 x Numark Dimension 4 Amps.
1 run in stereo to power the 4 ohm tops and the other in bridge mono powering the bins which are 8 ohm, but daisy chained to drop to 4 ohm.
1 x Behringer FBQ 3102
This I find great for keeping feedback out of the mix, however, if there is no feedback, it stays completely flat. I dont use it for shaping the sound.
1 x Allen & Heath ZED 22FX
I frickin' love this desk - a full pint of beer got spilled on it one night during a gig, I tipped it sideways and got most of the beer off and wiped the rest with a cloth....the sound didn't so much as flicker!!!
1 x 100 watt Laney amp (don't know the model but it is a little mixer head with 3 channels)
2 x 300 watt Laney speakers (don't know the model of these either)
These monitors are average at best, they get the job done but just barely. I can always get the right monitor mix and adequate volume but the sound is a bit of a let down. The speakers I put on tripods, I gave up on wedges about 2 years ago. Sidefills are so much better, easier to hear at half the volume.
3 x SM57 Betas for the horns
2 x SM58 Betas for the lead vocalists
3 X SM58s for backing vocals
1 x SM58 on the guitar cab (Roland Cube - I love this amp, sounds amazing without deafening the rest of the band)
1 X AKG D112 for the kick (soon to be replaced by a D6)
1 X SM57 for the snare
2 x e604s for the toms.
1 x Behringer Ultra DI20 for the keyboard player (who has 2 keyboards)
And that is pretty much it, boxes of mic leads, speaker leads and power boards and a case full of every kind of adaptor but other than that.....that's it!
No compressors or limiters....cuz I have never needed them. It helps that the band I work with are all topn notch musicians using top notch gear. No volume wars at all.
Th whole lot was bought brand new for around £3,000 about 3 and a half years ago. I have been gigging flat out this whole time and haven't had a single failure with any of my equipment. Im more than happy with my FOH sound, gonna spend some money soon on improving the monitor sound, maybe 2 SRM450s or even 350s.
If I had one gripe about the FOH sound, its that I have never got that low down punch from the kick drum. I can get close but that normally means flashing into the red on the bass amp. And I dont like to do that. Thats why my gear has lasted so long without breaking. No red lights....ever.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated since I'm gonna have to start replacing things before they finally do give up the ghost!!! The bass amp being first on the agenda !!! Suggestions please.