Just a brief little gig tale with world war references. : ) I offered to run sound for a Church fundraiser / Halloween event. 2 bands, including my band as the 2nd act. This was one of those situos where , 2 hours before the start time, I get a pounding splitting headache. Take two Tylenol, no effect. I had asked only two things: 1) bring the PA snake 2) let me know if I need to bring my subwoofer Therefore, there was no PA snake, and I had to bring my 90# sub because I had no idea if we needed it. Which we didn't , so it was a total waste of energy. There were other fiddly problems that made the set-up take longer. I ended up trying to mix hidden offstage. Great. All I can tell you is, the levels on the board were good. And I did get out front one time to confirm the vocals were on top, and everything was at least audible. This was in a booming Church hall, so it was Reverb-from-HELL. Spent the whole time riding vocal mics, a feedback-prone acoustic piano mic, EQing, and soforth. By the time we are switching for our band, the headache is still full bore. I can no longer think straight enough to be able to keep track of what channel is what. The monitors start feeding back, so I have to bring them down. My EQ is there, but my brain is melted at this point. I desperately try to notch out the frequency to no avail. (yes I did so earlier, but something changed....) No one onstage can hear anything. I can't tell where we are in the song. I took a naproxen, the headache goes away, and I am jumping up and down trying to keep the tempo in this reverberating fishbowl of doom. Somehow, around 3 songs in, we manage to not suck. I can't hear my bass, and don't realize I have an auto-wah/funk patch on through a whole number. LOL. I actually have a multitrack board recording of all this nonsense. The first band, might actually be a good recording. I haven't listened to any of it. One for the trenches. A perfect storm. After the gig, a friend of mine gave me some pointers on how to get much better sound in an echoing place like that. Money was raised, for the Church. So despite all the mayhem on stage, it was a successful event , people had fun, and they want to do it again next year.