Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by SoCal80s, Jun 23, 2021.

  1. I'm playing an outdoor show this Sunday afternoon. Forecast is for 100 degrees. We'll be under a cover. I can deal with it, but how worried should I be about equipment failing? Im running a Presonus RM32AI digital mixer controlled via iPad, and powered speakers. The powered speakers have built-in fans, so I'm mostly worried about the mixer and the iPad. Anyone have experienced in problems with equipment in the heat before?
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  2. Skeezix


    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Fans are your friend.
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  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Keep your mixer and iPad shaded. Be sure to have a backup iPad just in case one thermals off. i use a couple of cheap fans from Wally World. Their are maybe 8" and clip onto a table or what ever. On really hot days I clip them onto the back of my power racks.

    And because I like it... I bring a couple of box fans and deploy them where they do the most good and make the least noise. My band mates do similar. Temps projected at 105 and 110 Saturday and Sunday this week. Glad I'm not gigging...
  4. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011

    Good call on keeping the mixer in the shade. Digital displays can be hard to read in sunlight, and I believe they can also be damaged.

    I have seen bands use Stanley/Lasko carpet blowers for personal cooling...better than a box fan IMHO.

    I own this model and sometimes use it when I am working out.
    The nozzle pivots so you can vary the aim of the air blast.
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  5. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    What everyone else said..
    FANS and SHADE!!
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  6. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    I have one of those on stage w/ me at every gig - but mine is grey/black!
    Put out some serious airflow..
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    For $59.99, Harbor Freight has a 10x10 foot portable canopy. Worth it - that aren't bad for occasional use.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. I have the exact same one. Now THAT thing moves some air.
  9. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Note to self: Pick up fan.
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  10. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    If you aim it right… you can direct air both over the mixer and the back of your bass amp!!!
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  11. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Note to self: Pickup two fans.
  12. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    You're good dude. Id keep my stuff out of direct sunlight for long periods of time, but you got shade. You're good.
  13. pocket_groover

    pocket_groover Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Northern California
    This above. On one gig even though we were under a canopy the sun still hit my Eden WT-800. It got real hot and did a thermal shutdown.

    One more thing .. on a couple of occasions, the lead singer and lead guitar player got so over-heated that they felt like really bad after the first set. We even had fans going. The lead guitar player almost fainted. I always bring a couple of powder packs of Pedialyte (they taste pretty good) and after downing the Pedialyte with a cold bottle of water they felt a whole lot better. Made it through two more sets no problem. I keep them in my gig bag since sometimes my hand cramps up during a four-set gig and it really helps.

  14. I only like "Heat" if it's "Canned"...
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  15. moon-bass

    moon-bass They call me El Jefe Supporting Member

    May 10, 2004
    USA, New Orleans
    Yup, Pedialyte is your friend.

    Also, reflective cloth/material to cover items while not in use. I used to have a bunch of those emergency reflective blankets that I would drape over my amp and case, especially if not in the shade. Kept things noticably cooler.
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  16. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Supporting Member

    I have one in my backyard for shade in the area where I do the dusty cutting.
  17. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    or set ontop a cooler full of ice cold beer, in the shade, with fans
  18. 2tonic


    Dec 22, 2015
    At that point, if they let you pick them up, aren't they technically "groupies"?

    You know, you could just practice more, and you could have dozens of fans. Food for thought. :D;):thumbsup::bored:
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  19. BtaylorTheRogue


    Nov 14, 2016
    I bit the bullet and bought a fan, technically an air circulator, from Vornado. I love it. It shoots a beam of air about 75 feet on max speed, so I can aim it where I'm gonna be, and get blasted with relief from far away. Bonus points for mounting it to an ice chest, but I haven't tried that yet.

    If you're interested, The Best Vornado Fans: Full Catalogue Guide is way better at comparing the fans than vornado's own website, amazon, or anywhere else I've seen. For anyone interested, I bought the 560. Not too heavy, not too large, not too loud.
  20. bassdrummer

    bassdrummer Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    Visalia, California
    Don’t know what type of cover/canopy the OP is going to be under, but here’s something to think about…Every time I have played outdoors under a portable pop-up canopy, the only time you get decent shade is if the sun is right above you, around midday. For most of the day, the sun blasts you at an angle and the shade ends up away from the canopy.
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