Real-life examples

Gig with no PA system built from existing speakers/amps and digital console with hired-in monitors

When we arrived at the venue there appeared to be just a few speakers and a couple of power amps to drive them, so I thought that I'd better just check that a proper system was coming in. Sure enough, my gut feeling was correct and no system had been booked, the venue thought we would be bringing one. Obviously, someone had screwed up but I didn't have time to get into the politics; I asked to see all of the gear available so that I could assess the situation.

There were a pair of full-range speakers, a pair of small high-range speakers and a pair of stereo amps to drive them; no crossover was in the rack. The venue said that ...

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