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Well, I've been playing and touring for the last month now, finally getting some time off. it's been great. I love it. it's something I want to do for a very long time it's just a blast. So, here are a few little things I'd really like to say. if you want to make a living off music...don't expect it to be easy. ever. it's hell, but once you get past that, those 45 min or so you have on stage doing what you love is some of the best moments you'll ever have. So, don't give up, if you want to do it go for it. don't expect it to be easy though.

enough sappy stuff though. on to some cool stuff.

Well, first of all, the band just finished playing on one of the small stages at what is probably the biggest Christian music festival in the US. it was awesome, and a highlight of my year for sure. I'm also in talks with some companies about sponsorships *cough* Splawn *cough* (nothing final by any means but i'm keeping my fingers crossed) I'm super grateful for all the advice I was given by Colin and some of the other touring musicians out there some of the advice saved me a whole lot of pain.

So here are some of my things

Gaffer tape (or Duct tape if you must) ALWAYS have this
Alan wrenches (I can't tell you how many guitars I had to fix)
Wire cutters
extra tubes (whether for your amp or a friends or whatever, always have em', I know it seems pretty obvious, but at least at one show someone needed tubes and didn't have some so I borrowed them some)

story for this one.

You need a wireless. if you're in a band that moves around. a wireless is pretty much essential. I like cords, I've always used em'. So one night, I'm playing through one of our songs, big huge solo comes up where I'm intro'd. well, you guessed it, I got tangled up in my cord. and almost tripped off the stage. luckily I caught myself. but it was still not a cool experience.

Power strips.
9v Batteries (seriously, you WILL need them)

PEDAL POWER! ok, I know some people like batteries, and that's ok, but darn it. it is so nice to have, no worries about batteries dying and it's SO much cheaper if you're playing every night or every other night.

2x12 combos will never compete with 4x12s. ever. don't try, no matter how good it sounds you're 2x12 will never win against your other guitarists 4x12 JCM800

Always make sure to have a good monitor mix, too many times I didn't pay attention because I was busy doing something else and it really screwed with some of the set. especially if you play with tracks. it'll only be better for you AND the audience if you are happy.

Don't make the soundguy mad. seriously, it seems obvious. but the soundguy is like God, he WILL smite you if you make him mad.

I think that's about it for now, there is a lot more, but for now this is it.

Thanks for all the help UG. and once again thanks to Colin and anyone else who helped me out in my last thread
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Last edited by Bostonrocks at Jul 18, 2010,
#2
Cool stuff man, i'll definitely keep this in mind if I ever hit the road. Good luck on getting that sponsorship.

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dear god or sound guy please give him a splawn. he was sorely missed but naw he will talk about splawns all day again.
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#7
send me a quickrod please!

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#8
All pretty sound advice. The cable thing especially.

I did a gig on a small stage pretty recently and I had a bed of cables at my feet due to having a 7 meter long cable connected to a midi board and two boss pedals at my feet running on a 9volt adaptor, plus two 30 feet guitar cables one into the pedals and one out.

I felt like I was standing in a snake pit, hell I had problems pressing the buttons on my midi board because of the damn things!

Obviously I had to give a bit of concentration to my footing and anything that takes any concentration from your performance is bad!
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#9
You have no idea how jealous I am. I want to be out touring

Congrats man, good luck with the sponsor as well!
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#10
So I'm guessing you played Cornerstone festival? Congrats btw, on everything. the sponsorship, touring, etc etc etc. Makes me want to hit the road.
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#11
Great post, man. Glad to see you back on the boards, even if we're not really too familiar with each other. Congrats on the successful tour, and best of luck in the future. I envy your Splawn talks, however they might pan out.
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Brett has been saving for a splawn for 4 years
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yawn


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The end of an era
#13
Could you expand more on the 2x12 and 4x12 point?
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You have no idea how jealous I am. I want to be out touring

Congrats man, good luck with the sponsor as well!
+1

I wish I still had a band. I wish we had took the chance to gig when it was available.

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Could you expand more on the 2x12 and 4x12 point?
I'd also like to hear about this.
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Quote by Adam124
Could you expand more on the 2x12 and 4x12 point?



Yeah, my understanding has always been more, speakers simply makes your sound a bit "fuller" rather than significantly louder. So, could you talk a bit more about the 2x12 vs 4x12?

thanks
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Well, I play a 2x12 JCM900 set at 100w, the other guitarist/singer runs a JCM800 through a 4x12. So, although it isn't technically smaller the 4x12 just push's a LOT more air and sounds way bigger, in turn sounding much louder. while it may NOT be louder it sounds much louder. that and as much as I hate to say it. it just doesn't look as cool.

and honestly I was always running my 900 at about half while the other girl was running her 800 at about 10 o clock
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Brett has been saving for a splawn for 4 years
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yawn


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When he finally gets one it'll probably be televised like the Berlin Wall coming down.
The end of an era
#17
well it's a girl. problem solved. wait other girl. whose the first girl. you? GRAMMALOLZ
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well it's a girl. problem solved. wait other girl. whose the first girl. you? GRAMMALOLZ



huh? AM. you know i'm in a band with 2 girls right?
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yawn


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The end of an era
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huh? AM. you know i'm in a band with 2 girls right?


WIN! ya I know. I was just reading the passage and it is funny if you read it a certain way.
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#20
Brett, you're possibly getting a sponsorship? I am dissapoint that you didn't tell me!

hook me up with a quickrod!!!!!!

Glad you're having fun man. Keep it up!
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#21
Sorry but I have to disagree on the 2x12 vs 4x12.
I saw a gig were one guitarist was using a 4x12 halfstack and the other a Twin Reverb 2x12 combo; he sounded much better and was better heard than the other guitarist.
#22
I have very little experience with gigging, but I always used 4x12's, whether my own or others'. At home, however, when jamming with a drummer, bassist and singer, a 2x12 suited far more appropriately. The 4x12 totally sucked up all the sound and drowned out everything else, without ever really cutting through, if you know what I mean? It just kinda took all the space up, instead of cutting through it.
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Sorry but I have to disagree on the 2x12 vs 4x12.
I saw a gig were one guitarist was using a 4x12 halfstack and the other a Twin Reverb 2x12 combo; he sounded much better and was better heard than the other guitarist.



Yeah, what was the guy using for an amp?

the 2x12 sounds much better for practice and very small gigs. other than that I'd use the 4x12 everytime.

EDIT: so much of sounding good has to do with how you EQ your amp. so if the other guy was using a crate blue voodo with the mids scooped to 0 of course that TR is gonna sound better.that and the TR is rated at something like a 120w it's an epically loud and clean amp. but in MY experience the 4x12 is almost always going to be a better choice live. it fills things out and will be a much better stage piece.
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countries have been toppled in the time it's taking, revolutions won got a black pres

yawn


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When he finally gets one it'll probably be televised like the Berlin Wall coming down.
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Last edited by Bostonrocks at Jul 18, 2010,
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Yeah, what was the guy using for an amp?

the 2x12 sounds much better for practice and very small gigs. other than that I'd use the 4x12 everytime.


I think it was JCM2000 and was it at a quite big outdoor gig.
But then, maybe it was poorly EQ'd or something
But anyway, the 2x12 combo sounded awesome and was well heard
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I think it was JCM2000 and was it at a quite big outdoor gig.
But then, maybe it was poorly EQ'd or something
But anyway, the 2x12 combo sounded awesome and was well heard



Check my Edit. JCM2k's are not exactly great cutting amps. they are hard to EQ in my experience and don't cut well.
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yawn


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When he finally gets one it'll probably be televised like the Berlin Wall coming down.
The end of an era
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Check my Edit. JCM2k's are not exactly great cutting amps. they are hard to EQ in my experience and don't cut well.


Yeah, that might have been the problem but still, the soundguy is there to give a proper mix, so does the amount of speakers really matter since you are only mic'ing one?
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Yeah, that might have been the problem but still, the soundguy is there to give a proper mix, so does the amount of speakers really matter since you are only mic'ing one?



technically not. I'm takling stage volume only. if you're gonna mic up, which I do normally. it doesn't matter, but I DO like the sound of 4x12's more
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yawn


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The end of an era
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technically not. I'm takling stage volume only. if you're gonna mic up, which I do normally. it doesn't matter, but I DO like the sound of 4x12's more


oh I see what you mean, it makes sense
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#30
Wait. The girl has a 4X12? Look's like she has a bigger e-penis than you. Now you really need a Splawn.
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#32
I do just fine with my 2x12. I cut through great.

the problem may be that you're trying to occupy the same frequencies.
In a two guitar band, you have to work together to make sure you both cut through.
Otherwise a 900 will always get killed by an 800 in the live mix.
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#33
congrats brett. sounds like good times.

i thought you replaced the girl with the 800?
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#34
Nope, she isn't playing all the time, I replaced some dude. he was just a hired gun till they found someone full time

John: you might be right. but it's not really a cutting issue so much as a "big" issue. it just doesn't fill out nearly as well as a 4x12

as for the rack question, honestly. this is the best piece of advice I can give. THE SIMPLER THE BETTER. at one show I ended up unplugging everything to find that I had a bad patch cable. it sucked. if you want to go rack, go midi for sure. I'd like a rack, the less pedals and cables you have the better though. bare minimum is the best way to go.
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The end of an era
Last edited by Bostonrocks at Jul 18, 2010,
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Ah, well I'd chalk a lack of fullness as being a symptom of using a 900 versus an 800!

im thinking its more of an open back/closed backthing.
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#37
I think it's a little of both John and Greg
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Brett has been saving for a splawn for 4 years
countries have been toppled in the time it's taking, revolutions won got a black pres

yawn


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When he finally gets one it'll probably be televised like the Berlin Wall coming down.
The end of an era
#39
yeah, I tried it. it projected more, but it didn't fill out nearly as much as a 4x12. it's pretty simple the 4x12 just pushes more air. that's all. don't expect your 2x12 to sound as big or as loud for that matter. that's all i'm saying. it can sound great, and my 900 does sound good. but I think a 4x12 really is just more suited for stages.
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Brett has been saving for a splawn for 4 years
countries have been toppled in the time it's taking, revolutions won got a black pres

yawn


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When he finally gets one it'll probably be televised like the Berlin Wall coming down.
The end of an era
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