The latest thing on Saturday's event 8-31-19

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Oct 16, 2011
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Obviously you can't stay away from the money because that's all you seem to be worried about. You've heard MANY people tell you to do it right or don't do it at all. If you want it to sound right, then you either do it at no extra cost - or you decline the event.
IT WILL BE RIGHT WITH NOBODY COMPLAINING. That's not what happened almost 3 years ago. People who weren't there heard how bad it was.
 

ittigger

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Feb 1, 2011
14,108
Western Maryland
If true, where were all the people from the handball court? This was an event YOU paid to have, had all your equipment there (with problems) and barely any traffic. As I recall, people from here (and passerby's) actually did show up and question the sound (and actually heard it go off).

Additionally, people don't generally complain about sound directly to you. They just won't ask you to come back or refer you (the person hiring you is not who I'm referring to).

What I've learned from this thread:

Step 1: Forget about what you sound or look like
Step 2: Forget about ethics and don't waste time looking for profitable events and growth. Instead, find someone that gets money from the city and other donors - this is all money for you
Step 3: Offer this person services for 'x' - but don't tell them it's basic services or that you have more equipment
Step 4: If it's for a charity or good cause .. like cancer, aids, recovering alcoholics or drug abusers, veterans, people with disabilities, etc - charge them 1-10,000% more than a normal event
Step 5: When they ask for more, tell them it's extra - but watch out for them trying to get it for nothing - and don't tell them you have even more stuff
Step 6. Tell everyone that the event could be through the roof if the client lets you use more equipment - but watch out for them trying to get it for nothing
Step 7: When there are problems or it doesn't sound or look good, blame someone or something else
Step 8: Unless people are complaining to you, then there are no complaints .. and you're a rock star
Step 9: Raise your prices before the next event, just for the heck of it
 
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djtaso

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I got a question for all here. Forget right now about how much you were getting paid. Stay away from that. If you were doing the event in the park what would you bring to do this event with?
I'd bring what is necessary to do the best job possible. I'll quote them a price, and if they agree to it, great... if they don't I'd either lower my rate to what they can afford AND BRING THE SAME EQUIPMENT AS IN MY ORIGINAL QUOTE... or not take the gig if the price isn't right. If you're asking for specific equipment... I have no idea as I don't know the park, have never been there, and don't know the logistics of it and what area I need to cover. However, I can figure that out, and charge accordingly and let the client decide if they can afford it or not, and take it from there... but I'll never jeapordize the quality of my work.
 

steve149

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Sep 26, 2011
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I got a question for all here. Forget right now about how much you were getting paid. Stay away from that. If you were doing the event in the park what would you bring to do this event with?
As Taso mentioned, without knowing the area and expected crowds, it's tough to say, but based on MY experience and the fact you'll be playing House music, I would guess I'd start with at least 2 double 18 subs, though 4 would be best, and 4 matched tops (2 per side) .. double 15s are OK, though double 12s would be a little cleaner sounding.

So take your new EV tops and the 2 Yorkville subs and get a matching set for the other side and that would be a setup for a small outdoor festival (300-500 people).
 

scgstuff

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I got a question for all here. Forget right now about how much you were getting paid. Stay away from that. If you were doing the event in the park what would you bring to do this event with?
2 Ion Audio Total PA Ultras, they have a sale right now at Sams Club....comes with build in party lights and everything. Best thing is it is bluetooth, so you don't have to remember which cables to bring to hook it up, just plug them in, sync to your House Pandora station (might want to get the 30 day free trial so no ads) and turn the dials all the way to the right and tight spot.

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ittigger

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Feb 1, 2011
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Western Maryland
I don't know how many people will show up. I just know we're paid and that's what is important to us.
For the event at the handball park (which is what we're talking about), you are the one that paid for it. At that event, do you honestly believe you needed all that equipment for 10 people? If so, then why would you need any less at any event in which you're being paid?

For this upcoming event that you're speaking of, you need to have an idea of how many people are expected and you design the system around that.

Have you ever gone into a restaurant and ordered a meal - you ordered pasta and then they charge you extra for silverware? Oh wait, you ordered soup too so now you're probably going to need a spoon - another extra cost. Ridiculous right? That's exactly what you're doing.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Oct 16, 2011
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I got to get ready to go but had to make this post. I had a crazy dream. I dreamed that it was Saturday and I was doing somerhing else. Finally realizing it was 11am and the event starts at 11am. I'm already paid and I know the guy is going to curse me out. I explain we will have things up and running by 1pm. Never had a dream like that before. Let me go. Got some business to take care of including getting another storage bin for all the wires to go into for this gig. Have a great day!
 

DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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Oklahoma City
I got to get ready to go but had to make this post. I had a crazy dream. I dreamed that it was Saturday and I was doing somerhing else. Finally realizing it was 11am and the event starts at 11am. I'm already paid and I know the guy is going to curse me out. I explain we will have things up and running by 1pm. Never had a dream like that before...
That's a crazy dream alright... I had one that was ALMOST as crazy. I dreamed that I went bareback Unicorn riding with Vladimir Putin...

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.... and Vlad (he liked me to call him Vlad... in my dream) and I were the ones who were bareback. :laugh: But Vlad turned out to be an Alien and he abducted me and took me and my Unicorn to his space ship where he and his alien scientists examined me and made a copy of my brain. Turns out, it was NOT a dream. It all really happened and they erased my memory of it, but it all came back to me last night when I thought I was dreaming.:djsmug:
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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We made our decision and that is to bring the same setup as last year. It worked very well last year. It was more than good enough for this event. No complaints and we're back again. As I said it's about setting boundaries that you won't cross. I pushed the issue about using 2 dual 15's. I knew just 2 tops wouldn't be good enough for this event. What were using for this event is just fine. It will carry very well.
 

DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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Oklahoma City
We made our decision and that is to bring the same setup as last year. It worked very well last year. It was more than good enough for this event. No complaints and we're back again. As I said it's about setting boundaries that you won't cross. I pushed the issue about using 2 dual 15's. I knew just 2 tops wouldn't be good enough for this event. What were using for this event is just fine. It will carry very well.
^^^^ Is this still part of that crazy dream?


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