2 Schertler Pub speakers as PA

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Monte, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    I had 2 gigs Saturday, so the leader asked me to use my PA on the early gig,
    so that we could tear down quickly and get to the 9 o'clock one.

    He told me my small PA would be sufficient because we were background for a
    silent auction and food tasting. I went to check out the room the day before
    and was confident that it could handle it.

    However, I showed up Friday afternoon to set up, and found out that the room
    that they showed me had grown to 3 times its size, as they neglected to tell
    me that the curtain running across the room would be gone. So a 6,250 sq.
    ft. room. Oh well, nothing to do but set up and hope for the best. I set the
    band up in front of the tables, which took up about 1500-2000 sq. ft. of the
    room. Equipment was 2 Schertler Pub 2/280 bi-amped 280 watt 8" speakers and
    a Mackie DFX-12 mixer to power a jazz quartet with a keyboard, vocal mic,
    sax mic, and Schertler Dyn-B transducer for the bass. Not a suitable rig for
    a loud rock group, but to help and acoustic jazz group spread the sound
    around, I hoped it would do the job.

    Well, the room was too large obviously as we couldn't be heard on the far
    ends of the room. However, where the tables were the sound was really nice.
    I had things up about as loud as I could get before feedback, but the sound
    was crystal clear with plenty of bass. Everybody loved it, and the leader
    wants this to be the rig we use on all our smaller gigs. I think it should
    be perfect for smaller rooms. The first time with it as a PA really
    impressed me.

    The second gig was not as good for me. The house speakers were in front, and
    I was using my AKG mic into the house PA. I forgot to use the bass roll off
    switch and no one bothered to tell me that my bass was boomy as could be
    from the proximity effect, and I couldn't tell as the speakers were in front
    of me. I ran a monitor the next night and this time had someone reliable
    listen to the bass before we started.........