Hi antonioctd. Thanks for the comments. I think it all depends on the venue. I have played shows to 50 people and I have played shows to 30 000. The bar scene that I am playing now is very demanding. They pay you next to nothing but expect large venue sound. A lot of the venues supply a crappy a$$ PA with a bar tender twisting the dials....not for me thanks. When I have my own gear...and I'm running my own sound...I know we sound good. When I did play the large venues..of course we had no choice but to put up with the sound crew that were hired..(usually they were "musicians" who would rather run sound...and make you sound the way they want.. ) That's out of your control.
A "big" venue to me now is a 500 capacity room. Quite manageble on your own with the right gear.
I hear ya on the beer thing..lol..
I stopped playing a lot in pubs exactly for that reason. If they want a professional band it costs money.
There are plenty of kids playing for beer and gas money. They don't sound like any of my bands and my price is obviously higher.
On big venues or outdoor events that have a sound company I don't mind not having control. Its their job to do the sound, not mine.
Of course that if I see that their are not doing their job right I can be a real pain in the a** and I don't say the sound check is done if I don't like the sound
But I prefer much more when I don't have to deal with the sound and can focus on playing!
There were times when we were asked to play big venues or outdoor large events and provide sound.
On that case we just contact our favorite sound company, ask for their price and add that to our final price!
There are 2 sound companies that I really like to work with. I fact that is my favorite situation, the contractor pays for the show and for the sound and we get to chose the sound company
Any way, that's the sole reason I've invested in the M20d, It allows me to focus a lot more in the playing on small events where I have to do sound.
I should add that this little wonder mixer does that job amazingly well!
Where before was an attention split of 50% sound, 50% playing, now it must be like 80% playing and 20% sound! Amazing