...every time

steve149

Veni, Vidi, Lusi
Staff member
Sep 26, 2011
34,345
Prospect, CT
When I was doing a lot of live sound work, I saw this often .. especially at civic or church events. I used to get a stream of people who took seats up front asking me to turn it down, for which I'd show them all the area I had to cover and offered to help them move back.
 

Handinon

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 1, 2014
2,156
72
The worst - literally the worst.

The Latin club I DJ for rents space at our local Elks, and are a bunch of fun loving, young at heart people. The typical Elks member, however, while actually the same age, is the exact opposite and IMHO is destroying the B.P.O.E. - all they care about is cheap food.
 

Cap Capello

Always @ Ur Service
Dec 14, 2006
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75
Saratoga, NY
www.imadj.com
Part of my handout prior to owning the L1 systems (those were the 502 A-B-C systems in the picture)

All audio complaints disappeared... all of them, so for over 12 years, I have not had to deal with these kinds of issues.

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........................DON'T DO THIS! ........................
 

Jeff Romard

Administrator
Staff member
Sep 4, 2006
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Sydney, Nova Scotia

Ausumm

Day Late and a Dollar Short
Oct 21, 2008
10,623
55
Bethlehem PA
www.mikefoxx.com
We were doing a live band at the Hill School...
which is a campus style boarding school for the ultra rich.
(alumni include Oliver Stone, The Trump boys, politicians, etc)

One of the former students, who was in his 70's...
stood 12-inches from one of the speakers and tried to have a conversation.
He complained to the headmaster, who immediately asked us to turn it down.

Problem was, it was a swing band, with a 3-piece horn section...
and you can't control the volume of a trumpet! (which were NOT mic'd)
So our boss, who was doing front of house, turned the whole board off.
And the guy STILL wasn't happy, cause you still hear all the instruments...
even without the P.A.

You see, the Hill School is funded by donations from alumni...
so the staff bends over backward to accommodate every petty little demand they make.
 

djcrazychris

DJ Extraordinaire
Jun 12, 2018
3,262
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We were doing a live band at the Hill School...
which is a campus style boarding school for the ultra rich.
(alumni include Oliver Stone, The Trump boys, politicians, etc)

One of the former students, who was in his 70's...
stood 12-inches from one of the speakers and tried to have a conversation.
He complained to the headmaster, who immediately asked us to turn it down.

Problem was, it was a swing band, with a 3-piece horn section...
and you can't control the volume of a trumpet! (which were NOT mic'd)
So our boss, who was doing front of house, turned the whole board off.
And the guy STILL wasn't happy, cause you still hear all the instruments...
even without the P.A.

You see, the Hill School is funded by donations from alumni...
so the staff bends over backward to accommodate every petty little demand they make.
Sad Sad Saaad

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Valerie Hicks

Moderator
Staff member
I'm going to start carrying ear plugs to hand out!?
We carry earplugs because chaperones might not appreciate the music at full volume as much as kids do...

Pro tip: Keep a second pot turned up and when they say turn it down tell them right away and let them see you turning down the dead pot. Works 9/10 times
My first reaction is reach for a board and acknowledge their request. I can actually *do* something (or not) once they walk away.
 

Bob Kreider

DJ Extraordinaire
Feb 12, 2016
135
Kennewick WA
I don't usually have much of an problem with volume. But I just hate when they put the dance floor in the middle of the room surrounded by tables. And me positioned against a wall with guests sitting at tables between me and the dance floor.

When this happens I will still bring the speakers forward to the edge of the dance floor so guests sitting at the tables between me and the dance floor aren't getting as much of a direct hit.

But it bugs me that whoever prepared and designed the floor plan can't see this issue.
 

Ausumm

Day Late and a Dollar Short
Oct 21, 2008
10,623
55
Bethlehem PA
www.mikefoxx.com
I just hate when they put the dance floor in the middle of the room surrounded by tables. And me positioned against a wall with guests sitting at tables between me and the dance floor.
That used to be a very common problem around here.
Fortunately, it seems many places have learned that it is a bad idea.
 
...or at wedding receptions when guests arrive early and set themselves and BABY right next to the dance floor. Older guests decide to sit next to the dance floor, too. My first response is to go to the "baby" guest and explain that loud music will be playing and they may want to find a table further from the dance floor. Same for the "older" guest table on the edge of the dance floor. What really gets me fuming is when guests dance with their baby in front of the speaker.
 

djcrazychris

DJ Extraordinaire
Jun 12, 2018
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on a slightly different subject...my pet peeve is "free ranged children"... its fine and cute and all to let them come up to the dancefloor during dinner or cocktail and hop around a bit to get that built up energy out...as long as they are hopping and dancing... but most kids seem to get bored with that real quick and decide to run circles around equipment... or try and push the facade over....etc... my wife does a great job at keeping them at bay...shes a mary poppins type...lol....but it shouldnt be our job to babysit.... and its not cute to see a kid running behind the dj booth hopping taped down cords and trying to push over tripods...

Im certainly not a fan of this sort of announcement.... but once in my career ...before my wife was in the picture...i had to find my zen...and make a calm thoughtful announcement asking that children not be allowed behind the dj booth...for their own safety.... im sure parents still thought i was out of line...ofcourse they did... but i just couldnt seem to gain any control...the more i kindly shoo'd them away.. the worse it got

my puppet company used to mobile puppet shows...at schools and libraries and some private events... and parents would let kids run behind our stage during the show... theyd just sit and stare at these ugly bearded men a few inches below the adorable show they were just watching... the magic was ruined for all involved...lol

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