[Perform-talk] Talent Show?

David Dunphy djdrocks4ever at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 08:56:17 UTC 2011

Hey Kevin!
I was telling Lisa Ostrow and Patrick, who ran sound last year, that I 
wanted to hook my laptop in to the system to help record it, as I'm the one 
who has been broadcasting the event on online radio afterwards. Hell, if it 
could be done, I'd love to stream it live this year, but if not, at least 
get my computer in there. If you think this could be done, email me off list 
so maybe if you get something going, we could coordinate. Email is
djdrocks4ever at gmail.com

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kevin Reeves
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 2:31 AM
To: Performing Arts Division list
Subject: Re: [Perform-talk] Talent Show?

Hey everyone. I think what has happened here in this discussion is the 
comparison of apples and oranges. Complaints have arisen about the recording 
quality of the show. Dennis strictly stated several times that the division 
is not responsible for the recordings, therefore do not endorse their 
quality. So with that said, that side of the discussion should be put to 
bed. Next year, let's work towards getting a better recording. Folks have 
stud up and offered their resources in this regard. Done, and done. But the 
other side of this discussion is the on stage sound. That is the 
responsibility of the division. They sponsor the event, they choose sound 
engineers, who intern choose the equipment used. The goal is to raise money 
for the division. If we're gonna do that, it's got to be good. I suggested 
earlier this week that we should look in the orlando area for folks willing 
to donate time or equipment for a non profit fund raiser, or try to get 
underwriters to rent equipment. If we were any other division, such as the 
napub folks or the national association of blind basket weavers who wanted 
to put on a fun talent show, then who cares about the sound. Let's just have 
fun. But, we just so happen to be the performing arts division: the very 
organization expected to have it's ducks in a row when it comes to staging, 
sound, and even, wait for it, gulp, lighting. So now, fortunately or 
unfortunately, however you chose to look at it, the task falls squarely in 
our lap to put on a show that really looks and sounds great. Why? Because 
this is the world in which we live. Let me be very plain that I am not, nor 
have I from the beginning, been complaining about the state of things when 
it came to last year. I told you exactly what I thought from a professional 
perspective. So, in short, I propose the following. Might we form a 
committee of folks interested in helping procure sound for the talent show. 
If we start now, we might be able to find something worthwhile. If we are 
able to find a reasonable price for rental, then maybe we can present it to 
National. We don't have to go all out this year. It needs to build. But I do 
know that we definitely need a 12 to 16 channel board, 2 stage monitors, at 
least 3 mics, 1 on boom for piano or keyboard, 2 speaker clusters, 1 for 
each side of the stage, at least 1 sub, and enough wattage to fill the room. 
Once we know exactly what room the event will be in, I'll call the hotel, 
talk to their AV guy, find out what kinds of systems they've seen in there, 
and start gettin bids. If a store or company were to donate time for the 
event, they can receive a tax writeoff for it. It's great incentive. 
However, if we can get someone, or a group of someones to underwrite the 
rental, let's do it. I'll bring in an 8 channel interface, a mac, and Pro 
Tools and capture the whole thing as multitrack. I'll mix it, and upload it 
to the site. Then, the whole thing will be done in house, direct from the 
board, all separate tracks. That is as clear cut as I can make it. Is this 
something that the division is interested in putting together? Instead of 
bemoaning this, let's start owning this. We've got time. You're thoughts?

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