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….

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SXSW 2011 DAY TWO

So…..day two here in Austin, TX got underway with me headed to Lowe’s Hardware Store for an 8′ 2X4 and 4 ratchet straps in order to put a downward tilt on the top boxes of the Turbosound speaker system……and since the boxes are a bit top heavy, of course I decided that they needed to be strapped down to avoid any disasters that might occur…….chopped the 8 foot long 2X4 into foot long audio logs, shoved them under the backs ends of the top Turbosound boxes and then strapped the top boxes to the subs and was good to go……..Monday night (day one) was all acoustic acts at the meet and greet, but I knew we were gonna get finally all cranked up Tuesday night and I was going to be ready for whatever no matter what…….the first act Tuesday was BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT……really cool British Techno Pop……slot of keyboards but really interesting…..reminded me slot of Thomas Dolby…….but the second act was a guitar driven really loud act……and that’s when the first issue of the week reared it ugly head…..the old club Latitude 30’s power was just not up to the task…..and when we loaded in last Sunday and I looked at the power situation, I do remember telling myself that it might be an issue……another one of those moments when, I told you so just doesn’t quite say it…….and of course I am usually “that guy”…… And sure enough when the band cranked up during the second song, circuit number 4 to the stage power in the building tripped…….so I fought my way through the ultra packed house of people, found the breaker box and reset it……..FOH backed down the volume and the load on the buildings lacking power and we continued until the break before the next band when I re-routed some of the power to any additional power circuits I could find in the club…….after I did that, we cranked the rig back up to full tilt and we were good to go……no more issues and the rest of the night of British acts went off without a hitch………we rocked the house from 8PM until 2AM and then called it a night…….

Pictures I have taken from the first two days of SXSW 2011 can be seen here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/116756449881218244535/SXSW2011

ENJOY…….more tomorrow on day three to come……..

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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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