Wednesday, June 04, 2008
With a lot of shows coming up over the next few months, we took advantage of some down time to give the amplifiers a little TLC... I also updated the older NX241 Nexo processors to the latest Load 2.47, giving us a few more options matching rigs to racks.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
10 grammy awards and the producer/engineer on some my all time favourite records - Daniel Lanois at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. We supplied a Nexo PS15 system and FOH engineer for the 400 cap venue where Lanois and drummer, Brian Blade, played an hour long show followed by his film Here is what is.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
So as we come to the first month at the new warehouse and offices in Corrandulla, I thought it might be time to round up all the goings-on hereabouts.
The move took surprisingly little time actually - it helped that a fair amount of gear was on hire at the time. We had a great two years in Ballybrit with Blacklight but when the new GEO system arrived I kind of suspected that we would be out of space. I looked into building a mezzanine etc but the easiest option was to find a larger premises. It soon became clear, though, that finding a suitable space in Galway City was going to be difficult - warehousing units start at 1000 sq foot and it many cases it would require the building on an office unit. Came across the present building on the way home one evening. We share the building with a construction company, so we have a more than adequate 600sq.foot store on the ground floor with an 80 sq.foot office upstairs with shared toilet and canteen facilities - ideal for the occasional late nights in the warehouse. Took us a few days to get the building wired and figure out the whole where-to put-things syndrome. For the first time, we were able to have separate prep and repair areas and a wireless area for the prepping of wireless systems. Even the fact of not having to continually stack gear has made the work flow better. Having the office separate to the warehouse was new - I eventually got through the pile of paperwork that had built up over the last six months - scary!
So the highlights:
The line array had a busy month - Iron & Wine in the Black Box, followed by 4 nights for comedian Tommy Tiernan.
The hothouse flowers on Inishbofin together with a mixture of trad and bluegrass acts over the 3 day festival.
The launch of the Volvo Ocean Race Galway stopover - this is going to be huge for the local economy, so hopefully we'll be involved in the event itself next year.
Right now it's into June - and a gig with the producer of some of my favourite records of all time - Daniel Lanois!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Yes, in the words of the Undertones, here comes the summer. (May also be "there goes the summer", depending on your point of view). Got our first taste of the festival season with a three day festival on Inishbofin island off Clifden. Hothouse Flowers headlined with a bunch of trad and bluegrass acts in between. PA was Nexo AlphaE with PS10 and PS15 as monitors and fills.
Meanwhile, back in Galway, American alt-folk act Iron & Wine were in the Black Box using the new GEO S12 system which by all accounts worked a treat in what can be a tricky venue acoustically. Thanks to all the crew involved.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Having been on the go non-stop since the beginning of April, took a few days off in Munich, Germany. I lived here for a number of years in the early nineties so it was a good opportunity to visit some old haunts. I'll upload some pictures soon - I forgot the USB cable for the camera so it'll be as soon as I get back to Ireland. Right now it's back to my weissbier....