tomorrow night's gig should be fabulous.
2. Matrix Q12
3. Matrix GT1000FX amp
4. New Suhr Tele
The gig rig has finally come together.
MATRIX Q12 PASSIVE CAB
What a difference a cab and an amp make in a live setting.
The Atomic CLR Active cab I used at my previous two gigs in my opinion accentuated the bass frequencies making pretty much everything sound very "boomy".
the Matrix amp/cab solution does not accentuate the low frequency notes like the Atomic does and it makes for a more pleasant listening and playing experience. Of course this is a matter of opinion -- but that is the way I hear it. If I have a patch that might be a little bottom heavy it will be easier to correct with the Matrix setup and you won't need to subtract as much low end as you would with the Atomic.
The other big difference playing live and at gig volumes is the amp driving the passive speaker. It makes the system feel more traditional amp/cab like.
Besides all the sonic and feel advantages -- I loved the fact that I can control my sound through the GT1000FX right from my rack and I have no need to reach behind a cabinet like I did with the Atomic CLR Active cab. The controls on the back of the Atomic CLR cab (especially the gain staging) are just not player/gig friendly. Man what a pain in the ass that was at the two gigs I did with the Atomic.
That was the good part of the gig now the bad news.
Our vocals were very muddy and just did not cut through. I attribute this to
1. the room (see pictures below) -- we had to set up on a second floor overlooking the restaurant. I don't think our PA was strong enough to handle the size and high ceilings.
2. The way we setup the PA speakers -- we set them up the same we we normally set them up in the smaller places we play and they were firing straight ahead. In hindsight maybe we should have aimed them down to the floor.
It was a bad night IMO ( we all have them -- I think ) -- if we get invited back I will have to think through the sound setup more carefully. Hopefully some tips will be coming my way.
The load in - (9PM) -- I did not like that at all
Picture from the "Crow's Nest -- much younger crowd than we are used to playing for
Setting up - Nice thing was we actually had a ton of room
The Fractal/Matrix Corner -- the system sounded great and actually filled the joint -- lots of complements!
Quick Shot of the band playing from my little corner of the room
When all is said and done --- this is what my "live rig is going to look like
The wedge will be used to monitor band -- basically a hybrid FOH with a real 2x12 cab solution as my Backline
Best of both worlds
Lake Mohawk, NJ
MATRIX Q12 PASSIVE CAB
suhr Korina Tele with Humbuckers
It was good very good night! the band was tight -- the sound was tight -- and we had a very large "dancing" crowd. I was extremely surprised by the size of the crowd tonight. Lake Mohawk is a very conservative community a few minutes from where I live. So I was very surprised by the size of the crowd on Good Friday.
Early in the day I spent some time dialing in the Twin Reverb in the Axe -- my wife was out so I was home alone and I blasted the thing. It sounded fantastic. I ran through a few sounds and everything sounded great. I get to the gig and during the first set after a couple of quiet tunes -- we start to step it up with an upbeat tune "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations. All of the sudden what sounded great at home sounded a little metallic at the gig. After two songs I switched amps in The Fractal to the Vibrolux and boom -- it sounded fantastic in the room. I think it is my favorite Fender amp in this current version of the software (v9). It was clean but had some nice body to it.
Overall it was a great night.
We have next week off and then will be back at it.
I was "Happy Happy" tonight!
The "In Crowd" at the Saint Moritz
"Soul Cruisin" set up
My little corner of the room
Picked up a speaker stand for the Matrix Q12 today. I think this is a better solution for me than putting the cab on the amp stand like I have been doing. This way I can point the cab at my had and completely blow my hearing once and for all