[Perform-talk] Talent Show?

Lisa Ostrow ostrow5 at comcast.net
Fri Apr 29 11:23:55 UTC 2011


I like how you think.  If you are able to get equipment donated for the 
show, that would be awesome.  At this point, the Division can not afford to 
rent equipment (for two years now, Patrick and I have been subsidizing out 
of our own pockets), but donations of equipment for the evening would be 
wonderful.  The hotel in Dallas had very limited resources/choices.  In 
fact, choice wasn't much of a factor at all. :)

Please get in touch with me off list, and we can see what we can do 



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Reeves" <lists at kevinreeves.net>
To: "Performing Arts Division list" <perform-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 2:31 AM
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?
> Kevin
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