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About mike257

  • Birthday 25/07/1984
  1. Not feeling the funk with a Les Paul style guitar - why?

    Fixed that for you
  2. Line array PA for band use

    These aren't line arrays. The term has somehow slipped in because it makes for sexy marketing, but it actually describes a very specific way of boxes/drivers interacting that even the "big boy" systems only really start to do when you couple about 8 boxes in a hang. I've yet to hear one of these column systems sound as weighty and convincing as a traditional "subs with mid/hi boxes" set up in a live band situation. Great for little acoustic gigs, but wouldn't take one for a band.
  3. Landlord can "get bands for free", oh no.

    Having worked as part of the technical team in a venue that was independent, then part of the MAMA group and eventually changed hands to AMG (the Academy overlords), I'm afraid the reality is that the big regular club nights keep the lights on and the doors open at these places and without them, the gigs alone often wouldn't sustain the place financially.
  4. Feedback for ' Me And My Bass '

    Bought an SM57 from Chris, super easy to deal with and arrived very quickly. Cheers mate!
  5. Shure SM57 microphone - SOLD

    I'm sorry to report it's already in my mic box! Thanks for the super quick delivery Chris, you're a gent!
  6. Shure SM57 microphone - SOLD

    It's bought and paid for, and hopefully winging its way towards Liverpool!
  7. Shure SM57 microphone - SOLD

    If this can be posted to arrive by Tuesday next week, I'll take it off your hands. Leaving for a tour on Weds and could do with a couple more 57s in the bag!
  8. Ah, you've got my good friend Liam (the young Scouse lad behind the desk in some of your photos) on sound with the Nitelites boys - you're in good hands!
  9. Nice Lead/equipment/pedal board bag

    The old adage about something being too good to be true.... Just looked this site you as I wasn't familiar with it, many many tales of woe, payments taken and items not received. Proceed with extreme caution!
  10. Saying hello to the main band?

    He's a notorious prick though. Never heard a single person who has encountered him in a personal or professional capacity have anything positive to say.
  11. DI box - anyone used of these?

    +1 for Orchid. Absolutely the best bang for the buck. £25 quid for the little Micro DI if you don't need to link through to an amp (perfect for keys, acoustic etc) or £35 for the Classic DI if you need a link through and a couple of extra features. Hand built in the UK for the same price as the mass produced cheap stuff. Can't go wrong!
  12. Power Amp for Stage, Preamp for PA???

    Having his core tone come from his board means it's consistent at, for example, festival shows or fly gigs with a hired backline.
  13. Sampling.. but is it proper music making etc?

    If you ONLY use samples from preexisting pieces of music, and assemble them in a different way to create something new, that is creative by definition. Sometimes it's done lazily, sure, but no more so than lazy songwriters knocking out obvious progressions/cheesy lyrics.
  14. Done this on functions - so long as you manage your expectations and don't expect earth shattering bottom end, you'll be fine. Whilst my preference is a system with subs, I have a client who are a function band agency who just book a basic package of 12" tops and a couple of wedges for their bands. Have had 7 piece bands with brass, keys, multiple vocals and you can make it work if you do it sensibly and don't expect monster levels from it. Done it with various boxes including HK Actor DX, Yamaha DXR, Thomann's own brand Achat Pro 12M, Mackie C300z and others. Not my first choice and not what I spec for my own bands, but it's certainly possible to do.