So, this week has been my usual duties with the symphony orchestra with a concert on Thursday, then Friday we played a large concert hall outside oslo with the Bendik Hofseth band. Bendik replaced Michael Brecker in Steps ahead in the late 80’s, what a treat to perform in his group. Gig performer with upright bass, micked with a dpa4099 as well as a wilson piezo pickup. First try with my new molded plugs on my shure 835 in ears. Like performing in a recording studio, way more pleasant than just using an amp. However, Bendik and the pianist where missing bass in the room (they had monitors, but its not the same as the deep frequencies you get from an amp, which by the way mostly makes a sound engineers job harder) so i went and picked up one of my 12 inch powered wedges and sent just the pickup signal to that, strategically pointed between the saxophonist and pianist.
Foh gave massive kudos to the bass mix i gave him in stereo. It worked perfect both for the upright with pre blended mic/pickup and the bassguitar. I controlled reverb, delay and other effects from my extra usb c touch screen monitor lying on a music stand. Perfect setup.
Saturday was a memorial concert for a jazz trombonist and composer Frode Thingnes. Incidentally my first paid freelance gig in my late youth was with him. Really nice to be part of. Rather large ensemble of pro wind band as well as a big amateur marching band, so not really much time (or extra lines) to fiddle with in ears, stereo etc, so, mono electric bass to foh from gp, and 12" wedge for me.(photo)
Pretty basic stuff, no exciting effects, though i did pull up a melda chorus for a bass solo in the concert.
Starting to get a good grasp of this now. Awaiting delivery of an xlr patchbay next week. With this I’ll be able to keep all cables patched in from the back and have easy access to all ins and outs i need on the front panel. This will make everyday setup much smoother.