Bad night for a sound guy

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by realbadgroove, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    I moonlight sound at a local bar and the system is all custom built 5 way crossover with 8 18s 6 15s 1 10 and a 2 horns. I went in on monday to do sound for two metal bands turn the system on and things just didnt sound good so I call the owner and this system is his baby and ask to do some EQing he says go for it so I start dropping things a little here and there mostly 30-100hz and 1-20K mind you at this point all I am running is Music that a local radio DJ was playing as a promo for the show anyhow I start checking and do the kick first and all I heard was distortion... blown sub so I am thinking no big deal right one blown speaker. After the show I headed home not really thinking much of it, Tonight I went in and was helping the owner replace the sub and we started listening to things it turns out there were 5 blown JBL 2240s and two 15s and a downed amp all I can say is 1400 in recones and he was not happy nor was I.... why couldnt this happen to someone else, why me on sound when the **** hit the fan. I didnt blow anything
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    That's how it goes, dude. Someone has to be there ;)
  3. 2x4strgkramers

    2x4strgkramers Guest

    Dec 15, 2008
    Setup the power amps with a tone genrator for the absolute maximum with the absolute maximum from the board and EQ the same way. Basically use a refernce you know is abusive and then lock the amp cabinets and cross over. This way in the future noone can smke the equipment.
  4. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove Guest

    Apr 12, 2008
    I have been doing live sound for about 10 years and sometimes things go wrong speakers blow in light of the situation I think he was luck to have not had anything blow before now. Those subs had done a good 1500 shows so I am not to blame but it still sucks that I was there when things went south
  5. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    welcome to another average day at the venue....