Can you set up in 15 minutes?

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  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I just got this from one of my regular haunts:

    Hello Performers.

    December is a busy month and every Friday/Saturday the Juke Joint is booked until 9 PM until Christmas. Please let the bands know to wait until after 9 PM to load in. We have a full PA & Backline we do still expect all performers this December to start promptly at 9:15!


    I think I'll slim my tweed/outboard 'verb/bucking transformer rig to a Deluxe Reverb.
    I generally tote 3 guitars, but if I cut 3 or 4 slide tunes, I can do it with 2.

    Seems a little crabby, though.
     
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    It's a bit of a rush but I kinda like that pressure. But I seem to operate better under pressure...
     
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    I can do it these days; guitar and mic go straight into a Loudbox mini.

    Our drummer might struggle though!
     
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    We used to take pride in it. Played a lot of Battle of the Bands in college where you were given a time limit that included setup time. We'd often get an extra song in because of being able to set up quickly.

    We'd take about five minutes to get our gear ready to go, then everyone would help the drummer.
     
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    If our stuff is piled up next to the stage somewhere, then yes we can set and be ready to go in 15 minutes. But if they don't even let you in the door until 9:00pm, that's a bit unrealistic. It'll take longer than 15 min for your guitar to come up room temperature.
     
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    I could do it, but wouldn't be happy about it.
    Don't think I've ever known a drummer who could.....maybe start first song while he's still setting up? ;)
     
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    Happy Holidays! You have fifteen minutes and 6 of them are gone!!!
     
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    Seems a little harsh on the notice- musicians are sometimes the 'low ones on the totem pole'- deserve more respect, or leeway here...

    But I can setup ( if I don't have to worry about PA ) in just a few minutes: One guitar, small combo amp, small pedalboard.
    In this situation it seems, it's all about the drums setup!
     
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    Not a big deal since the equipment is already on the stage. I started out doing bluegrass shows, and often you would literally walk right out on to the stage and begin your set. Organization and preparation are the key here, though I realize many bands would struggle with the 15 minute constraint. Shucks many bands take nearly that long between songs!
     
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    With full backline and PA in place we could do it
    easily.
     
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    Yep. I wouldn't expect a remotely decent mix though, and I if happened to be playing drums, wouldn't expect anything in my monitor or to hear anything for the duration of the gig. It drives me insane.
    Paring it down to kick snare hats and a crash ride is helpful.
     
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    I have a grab and go rig I can set up in 5 then go help the drummer so its doable but close. Kustom 72 Coupe 212, Boss ME-80 and whatever guitars, The Kustom has a DI I've yet to find a soundman that didn't love it.
     
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    Our drummer is a lefty, so that would be a concern.
    no problem for rest of the band except our other guitarist.
    it takes ages for him to set up, even with his own rig.lol.

    me, I'd have my battery powered pedalboard with an American Sound pedal, which is key to just about any amp or direct to Foh situation. I'd get along.
     
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    I do it all the time, in less than 15 minutes.
    It’s easy if I’m just a hired gun.
    I have a simplistic guitar, and bass rig.
    Even a full (small) PA doesn’t take me long.
    I actually prefer no help with it.
    I know exactly how to do it.
     
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    I set up this Wednesday in less than 5.

    I of course talked to the band leader last week about how frustrated it was for me as a musician to show up for rehearsal and half the band and singers had not even listened to the songs we were performing. How do I know they did not listen? Well a couple of singers said they had never heard the songs when the band leader sends them out two to three days earlier. And our acoustic guitar/singer had to change the keys in the two songs he was singing because he could not sing them in the key we were all practicing in.
    And the fact that we start rehearsals about ten to fifteen minutes late each time because people are dragging in late.

    Of course the next time I am scheduled to pay, I can't get anyone to take my bill at Carinos so I can get out of there. I run into traffic on my way and walk in the door 3 minutes late.
    So I set up really quick... and still was not the last one to walk in.
     
  16. Paul in Colorado

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    Sure, if I had to, but usually it takes a little longer for the whole band even if the PA is set up. Drums and steel guitar are the slow ones. The bass player and I are zippy!
     
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    I use to play a bar/pizza pub that had amps and a PA ready (that's what I think "backlined" means) for the bands. It was quite a distance from my job, so I'd get there pretty late sometimes. But I'd be ready to go in 5 or 10 minutes- 15 if traffic was light and I had time for a beer :)
     
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    I played a festival once where they booked the acts on the main stage with a 15 minute change over...WITH NO PA OR BACKLINE! They fully expected to have the band before us off the stage and us on the stage ready to go in 15...needless to say, they were sorely disappointed! We had the drum set assembled off stage and tag-teamed getting it ready. My amp and pedal board can be ready to go in about 5 minutes. The band ahead of us loaded everything off still assembled, which helped...but it was still 30 minutes before we were up and running! Obviously the person doing the scheduling had no concept of what it takes to put a band on stage!
     
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    With the PA in place, 5 minutes, no problem. It takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to set up the PA and everything.
     
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    Sounds like a place I play monthly, Mission Pizza in Fremont.
     
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