I wasn't asking to cause a fight here. I asked because I don't care to use a venues system in such a place. Normally the system is a cheap piece of junk. A lot of these places won't spend some really good money to get a really great quality system put in by a professional. They will buy some cheap crap that will sound like s***. Then another issue is having someone using the system that don't know what they are doing and causing damage to the system. Some systems simply were not made to be cranked up at a high volume. They are only good for a certain amount of volume. You have those who will look to push a system beyond its limitations causing damage to the system and eventually the system is a big mess and sounds horrible. Sometimes resulting in having to replace the system.My speakers were basically light stands going into the venue. I told them I had to bring my speakers b/c they are what the lights mount/sit on, so they agreed to that, so long as they were unplugged.
We finally made the switch to my system right before the doors opened, but to answer your question, NO, I could not use my speakers as monitors.
The sound system at the venue was 10 small 8-inch speakers spread evenly along the wall I was DJing. They had subs on either side too, but the whole system sounded awful when turned up. Really distorted sounding. My Bose Compact could have done a better job. My guess, just not enough power going into the distributed system. Great fo lively background music, and nothing else.
Luckily, we ended up using my sound system, and I was so happy about that- they just kept on telling me to turn it down, but at least it was clear/clean audio.
What sucks is when you're forced to use the venues system and it's a bunch of crap that you know will make you look bad to the client and their guests.Macho, I don't like using anyone else's stuff as well. Not many do!! No one is arguing that. In this situation, I was informed the day before. If it would have been at the time of booking, I would have declined the gig.
It's in my contract that if I am forced to use another venue's sound system, I cannot be held responsible...
If Client’s selected venue(s) require JASP use the venue’s in-house sound system and/or audio equipment, JASP shall not be liable and cannot be held accountable for any interruptions, such as, but not limited to: Sound cutting out, equipment failure, loss of audio signal, disturbances, malfunctions, poor sound quality or distortion, or venue-mandated low volumes.
She was supposed to be upset. They paid their money to have an event there and then the DJ as well to find out that. Not to mention their equipment messed up during the event. I would be pissed off too.I made sure the client was fully aware of the situation and, they were none to happy.
During the ceremony, their EV ELX's overheated, and I had never seen a bride get so upset. The venue is going to get an awful review, and half of it will be based on sound restrictions and poor sound quality.
But like I mentioned, in the end, it worked out b/c I got to use my system.
Q: What brand was the mixer? Where was the amplifier? and what is you Sound Card or Controller?The problem was that when I touched any of my equipment on my table (all meta cases) or even touch the venue's mixing console, not only would one get shocked, but it would cut the sound off.
I'm assuming it's the heat build up inside. Don't know the ELX, but they could be shutting down from thermal conditions (most likely) or the heat is causing issues with the motor assemblies. It seems they don't have fans so not a lot of surface area to dissipate excess heat (again, assuming the rear panel IS the heatsink). The ELX sound fine, just not a real robust construction and outdoor use in the sun is stressful to gear.Direct sunlight. The fact that multiple of their elx’s did it, shows me that they don’t do well in direct sunlight.
Outdoors in the sun will do it - and there is a warning on all active boxes about this. The times I have used the ELX's outside, I still had no issues but I try to keep them out of direct sunlight if I'm using them.yes, it was outdoors, and 3 out of 4 of them overheated. It was really embarrassing for PSAV.
Almost all my weddings are outdoors, and I have never had that happen with my gear.
Half the guests complained, and as I mentioned, the bride lost her shit. I am glad I was not in charge there. I just opted to use my lapel mic through their system as I don't use handhelds for ceremonies.