Massively huge opportunity..

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by Joshh, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Joshh

    Joshh Active Member

    i've just been handed an opportunity to assistant tech a really big gig.. some bands that are big in the UK.. it's on friday and i'm looking forward to it! any tips to impress the engineer whilst im there? i wanna make an impression, just any quick fir suggestions?
     
  2. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Dont trip over the main power cord. I did that to my band once and killed the whole stage. It's a real buzz-kill.
     
  3. Joshh

    Joshh Active Member

    i'll try to avoid that, although i just found out the hall were usings power supply is 19 years illegal? things can only go well, at least it's not my rig
     
  4. Joshh

    Joshh Active Member

    and anyone from the UK will give a giggle to the lead singer of one of the bands..
     
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Wanna impress the soundmixer? Ask him/her what version of the Hezikiah Z-4 test oscillator he's using in his RTA. Not very many newbies know that one...
    (Hint: the correct answer is Rev.2.3, with a sampling rate calibrated to 96KHz.). You'll be in like Flint...
     
  6. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    • Don't stand around with your hands in your pockets.
    • Don't ask too many questions, other than to clarify what your next task is.
    • Watch out for the regular crew... if you got a spare minute, go snag water, food, etc for the rest of the guys.
    • Snag the running end of the snake, power, etc. and go like hell. Don't run, but don't drag yer ass either.
    • Anticipate the next obvious step and be ready to do it.
    • Don't puddle in front of, or to the acts. You're there to work.
    • DON'T ask for autographs or swag.
    • DON'T get lost during the in or the out. Be there.
    • DON'T be late, DON'T be on time... Be EARLY.
    • DO ask if there's anything else you can do to help.
     
  7. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Good list. I can only add...

    Do everything in a safe manner, watch where you are walking and be aware of everything that is happening around you at all times, getting caught up in the show is great if you are an audience member but not so good if you are working the show. Stay well hydrated and carry some energy bars with you in case the lunch or supper break is late or never happens.

    You might want to go out and get one of the new LED flashlights that you can put on a lanyard around your neck so when you are back stage and someone says to replug 13 to 3 you can actually see what you are doing in a near blackout condition.

    Best of Luck and be safe!
     
  8. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Dont' forget a leatherman-style tool, and a good writing utensil, like a sharpie or waterproof pen.

    Stay sober and sane, (drink water, soft drinks, tea or coffee ONLY) bring snacks if you need to keep your energy level up before they call for lunch or dinner breaks.

    Unless it's life and death, don't use your phone for personal biz, but do give the number to your boss; you never know when they'll need something done in a pinch. We sometimes use cell phones in lieu of intercoms if there's good coverage at a venue, it's a quick and easy way to stay in touch for a touch up here, or an emergency there.

    Most of all, be cool, calm and collected. You are there to do a job. THe fans are in the audience.
     
  9. Greener

    Greener Guest

    In like Flinn?

    Also, what was everything else you said?
     
  10. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Flynn.
     
  11. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    FLINT. It's a play on the Flynn thing. James Coburn played an over-the-top Bond-like secret agent in a movie "In Like Flint" (1967). Same basic meaning, in that Flint was always after the ladies, that's how he got into the situations he did...
     
  12. Joshh

    Joshh Active Member

    thanks alot guys, this advice is awesome! moonbaby, i'm definatley going to try that! cheers
     

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