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Drummer Set-Up: How Long is Too Long?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jaywa, Jul 6, 2013.


  1. jaywa

    jaywa

    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Just curious what you think the acceptable time is for a drummer to set up, mic and wire-up a basic 4-piece kit with 3 cymbals and hi-hat. Our current drummer is a good drummer and a great guy but it seems like he takes forever to set up his kit. I've never put a watch on him but I'm sure it's upwards of a half hour on some gigs. It's gotten to be somewhat of a running joke within the band but sometimes it's a little annoying.

    To his credit he handles all his own micing, has a good cabling system etc. But I've played with drummers with a lot more kit who are up and running faster. And maybe my perspective is skewed since I can get my own gear up and running in 5 mins. Thoughts?
     
  2. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

    Most drummers I've worked with it's usually around a 1/2 hour. I'm usually busy setting up my bass rig, the pa and lights (and thats an hour or more) so I don't know exactly.
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    As long as he's not late, it really doesn't matter, does it?
     
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I think a 1/2hr is reasonable. I have experienced an hour upwards to 2 hours.
     
  5. tmdazed

    tmdazed

    Sep 29, 2012
    yeah half hour or so seems about right , how about paying more attention to the job at hand and offer to help him if you think he is too slow
    acceptable time is what it is , some things just don't have to be clocked or controlled
     
  6. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    My drummer has a monster double bass kit. 12 mics in all. Usually puts up a riser too. It takes him about an hour.
     
  7. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I am completely impatient with anyone who can't set up their rig with any urgency at a gig. It takes me all of 5 minutes to get my gear in order. Drummers naturally take longer than that, but my biggest beef is with guitarists who are generally lagging far behind everyone else.
     
  8. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

    seems some drummers I've worked with set up and tear down slowly to avoid helping load in / load out the pa/lights. :eyebrow:
     
  9. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    A half hour is not bad. You say he's a good drummer so I would not be complaining about his set up time. Lot's of drummers have more serious baggage than that. Consider yourself lucky.
     
  10. tmdazed

    tmdazed

    Sep 29, 2012
    Man there are a lot of control freaks here
     
  11. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit Supporting Member

    Is this your drummer?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. GlennW

    GlennW

    Sep 6, 2006
    ^^^That rug really ties the stage together.
     
  13. miacomet

    miacomet

    Dec 10, 2005
    North of Boston
    Not this long...
     
  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Looks like he'd have to stand up to hit the cymbals.
     
  15. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    20 minutes tops
     
  16. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    i hear ya, i get impatient too, but i think 30 mins isn't bad, especially since he's setting his own mics.

    that's a perfectly reasonably sized kit, too... it's when they start bringing stadium-sized 1,000 piece kits to bar gigs that you want to worry ;)
     
  17. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    If you are trying to paint me as a "control freak," I would respectfully say that you are way off base.
     
  18. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    As long as they're ready to play on time, what's the dif?
     
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Not sure why you would get impatient with someone for how long it takes to set up as long as they start on time, though. What I get most impatient with are the stragglers who show up 15 minutes before start time and throw everyone else in a panic trying to get them going. Sure, I've done it a couple times ;) but nothing I make a habit of.
     
  20. +1. ^^^ This.

    Normal/typically - about 20 to 30 minutes (including load in time).