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House monitor failure at my gig last night.

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by slap-a-da-bass, May 6, 2017.

  1. slap-a-da-bass


    Sep 28, 2009
    Just had to share. It was a rough night.

    In my band we all go direct. I play bass & guitar, we have keys, drums and vocals.

    The venue has a small pa, and when we showed up nothing was hooked up, and the monitors were set off to the side. I hooked everything up, mains worked fine, no monitors. They just didn't work.

    We had to get through the gig with what we could hear off the mains. I was going blind most of the night. and moving my hands to the drummer's beat. Keyboard player couldn't hear me at all. It was rough.
    Last edited: May 6, 2017
  2. WayneP

    WayneP Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    Corpus Christi, Texas
  3. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    Probably a reason they were off to the side...

    I had an IEM body pack battery go dead mid-song once. Pretty much no warning other than a few seconds of distortion, then fade to nothing! I couldn't hear a thing other than a little bit of muffled drumming & vocals! I think I got through the rest of the song OK - at least nobody complained or gave me any looks. Quick battery swap between songs, & never, ever again start a gig without known fresh fully-charged batteries in everything!
    s0c9 likes this.
  4. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Same here.. but ... there's always a but.. right? Sometimes I still get caught.. Mostly it's my IEM's.. They run on NiMh batts, so there's no warning. Zrrp.. DEAD. Really weird feeling when it happens. . I ALWAYS have a spare set sitting out, so I get thru the song then swap out while the front man vamps.. It's MUCH worse when the bass pack dies.
    I ALSO have a spare cable sitting out. Takes about 5 seconds to swap over. .but that's DEAD air while it happens.
    Thankfully I have not had that happen in over a year, as I monitor battery levels pretty closely.

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