Who Needs Sound Systems For SXSW This Year ???

Who Needs Sound Systems for SXSW this year…???

Myself along with Bayou City Sound…….Last year at SXSW we had the rocking Turbosound rig with all the Digidesign Consoles inside the Club LATITUDE 30 there in Austin for the British Music Embassy Shows. We have that same system available as well as smaller systems with either analog mixing consoles or the new Presonus digital consoles with the iPad Mixing interfaces (so there would be no need for a FOH position or pulling a snake) and we also have larger SoundBridge and JBL Vertec Line Array systems available for larger indoor or outdoor events as well…….Consoles, Monitor Systems, whatever you need to make your acts at this years SXSW sound GREAT !! Contact me/us here or you can e-mail me at blakenorris@me.com or call me at (702) 480-6932……

http://www.bayoucitysound.com/

We will also be in Austin January 12th thru the 15th for gigs if you want to come talk to us in person….

SXSW 2011 DAY ONE

Sunday of course we got all loaded in and set up and then I was off to the hotel to sleep for the first time in nearly 36 hours…..
Crashed hard……

Got up Monday morning and went to the band and took care of a few personal matters to start the morning…….by noon I was at Latitude 30 (the venue) to check on all the Avid/Digidesign guys only to discover that they had already gotten all the Backline on the stage and had already put the mics on everything……

So I wondered down to the corner of 6th street and Congress Avenue, and discovered that Apple had opened a temporary pop-up store front for this week only especially for SXSW…….But there was something strange about this store as i looked into the windows……….all the product on display was iPad2’s…..no MacBook…..no iPhones, …..just iPad2’s……there was no one inside so I walked up to the door and a security guy came out and said “they don’t open until 12 noon”…….. Now knowing that the new iPad2’s had entirely sold out nationwide last Friday, I asked anyway, any iPad’s?……..and i got a surprising reply…..”yep…..SXSW is the place to be……this will be then only store in the country that will have them this week”….. So I looked around, and there was no line…..I guess no one knew apple was opening this store as they had kept it wrapped up the day prior where you could not see in…..so I asked…….”what, no line?”……and the reply I got back is, “I guess you will have to start one”…..SO I DID…….mind you the time right then was 10:22 AM…….so I stood there for 90 minutes and was first in line and at 12 noon the line behind me after serving as the appointed information booth was nearly 3 blocks long…….but low and behold, right at 12 noon I was the first person in the door and the first person out the door with a brand new iPad 2……AMAZING…….my luck is NEVER that good……
So I returned to the Hotel and fired it up…….

By 4PM I was back at the venue……opening night was mostly a British DJ spinning tunes and a Meet and Greet social gathering for all the British music people having cocktails…….it when late into the night though right up to 2AM…….6th street was a zoo…….tons of people……live music everywhere….spent most of my evening entertaining Robb Allan and Chant Peck for Avid/Digidesign………..the guys were very happy with the Turbosound rig and it sounded great……everything worked and came off without a hitch or any issues at all……I will be meeting them down there today (Tuesday) for today’s soundcheck at 3PM…….I also talked to a guy named Mitch Marcum that has a company called DRM EARZ…..(custom fitted IEM’s and earplugs)…..says he is very reasonable on his prices…

So day one of SXSW is in the books…….I am getting an early start today and headed down to the convention center and going to weezle my way into the trade show floor where the gear manufacturers are and see what’s going on before tonight’s festivities…….Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark is performing across the street from the venue where we have the gear at, so I am also going to check that out…….

Sent from my iPad2….

Blake Norris<

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Changing my Tune………

For anyone that knows me, they know full well, that I have never been a fan of digital mixing consoles for many reasons…….(i.e. the time it takes to set them up, and the time it takes to navagate them to the correct screens, etc, and not to mention that to me they ALL just sound thin……..no analog warmth). Since the inception of Digital Mixing Consoles, I always felt that for sonic quality and speed, NOTHING beats a Big Quality Analog Desk like a good Midas Desk……..and until last night I would have remained steadfast in my opinion and belief…….But last night I got my hands on the Future of Digital Mixing Cousoles in the Form of the New Digidesign VENUE SC48 and at the same time witnessed the death of thin sounding, hard to manage Digital Desks like the Yamaha M7CL and the Yamaha PM5D……What I saw last night and trained on at the Digidesign Venue SC48 training session at The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Casino here in Las Vegas, has me now changing my tune……..

Now, do not get me wrong here……..Digital Mixing console have always had their place in certain applications, but until last night they all suffered from various flaws in many areas……

Examples:

1) The Digico 8 cannot assign and configure the Aux sends to send signal pre EQ making the desk impossible or frustrating as shit to have to mix FOH and Monitors from the same desk……(Hello Digico…..is anyone at home?)…….Plus it’s way Too Expensive!

2) The Soundcraft/Studer VI6 is a Very cool Console that no one can afford………….this is also the case with the Midas XL8 and Pro6……plus they are just too large….they take up way too much real estate with a huge footprint…….

3) Then of course there are the Yamaha Digital Consoles……….Yamaha has just recently discontinued the PM1D (it was way too Big and way too expensive and had too many outboard pieces)…….The M7CL is a cool little budget desk, but it is just terrible sounding…..Thin, Thin, Thin……very little warmth from the mic pre’s and AD to DA converters………and then of course there is the PM5D…….in my opinion the worse digital desk ever…….slow and dificult to set up, a user interface that was designed buy people that were either too stoned or not stoned enough with page after page of terrible navagation……..terrible sounding, and too expensive for the complete chaos that is this board……some people love, it, but it has always been beyond me why……for me, there is NOTHING to like about a PM5D……..

Well let me tell you……..Last Night at The Digidesign Venue SC48 Training Seminar, it was clear that this new Digidesign desk spelled the death blow for all the previous mentioned consoles as it suffers from none of the other desks problems………it was in a word…..Amazing!!!

Here is why……….

The New Digidesign VENUE SC48…..

1) TINY………Smaller than an M7CL…..

2) Easy as shit to set up and navigate……

3) Does EVERYTHING a PM5D will do and MUCH more…..

4) You can almost buy 3 of the VENUE SC48 consoles for the cost of a PM5D……So start selling your PM5D’s now before everyone figures this out…….

5) One word………PROTOOLS…….

6) Can Mount a Mini MAC computer behind the Console keyboard in the keyboard tray with Protocols on it and do true Protools multi-track recording or playback via firewire at the same time you are mixing the live show on the same console……

7) All of the Digidesign consoles (D-Show/Profile/Venue) all work off the same software/firmware, so no matter what Digidesign console you are using when you save your show files onto your USB thumbdrive, you can then load your saved show files into ANY model of the Digidesign consoles……..as long as all the consoles have the same updated firmware of course…..THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE……..

And Finally………..GREAT SOUNDING MIC PRE’S AND CONVERTERS………

AND THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE AMAZING FEATURES OF THIS CONSOLE……..

SO……OFFICIALLY………here it is……..from the guy that has always been all about the sonic quality of analog desks over digital desks………….I, Blake Norris, am officially endorsing my first digital console!……The New Digidesign Venue SC48……!!!!!

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