By Craig Leerman • July 26, 2018 The cartoon at right (and larger below), which first appeared in Live Sound International at least 15 years ago, is always good for a laugh, but it also brings up a good point. One of the difficulties we regularly face as live audio practitioners is working with a variety of parties in determining what’s best for a gig in terms of system size, scale, and complexity. My approach is to first make there’s a solid foundation—basics such as enough console channels and processing, suitable loudspeaker size and quantity, appropriate stage monitoring, and so on. In other words, I’m not going even going to talk about miking up an entire choir with wireless lavs until the house system is at least adequate to deliver coverage to the entire space. While most sound providers offer system packages of various sizes (usually with the biggest called the “A” rig, the next size down the “B” rig, etc.), not every package is the exact correct formulation for every gig. Variables usually come into play, and we need to be flexible in this regard. We also must work to educate our various customer bases. Last month my company was asked to handle a corporate event in the same ballroom we’d worked successfully twice before. Knowing the room, we could have easily just supplied the same rig and had a “good enough” show. And in fact, the client, who was the same client as with the previous gigs, wanted us to bring the same system. But in looking at the floor plan for this particular event, I realized that we should do things a bit differently—in this case, adding some delay stacks and also a few front fills. I talked at length with the client about coverage versus volume, and how the additions to the system would result in better overall coverage for the specific configuration of this event. After the show, he noted how much he appreciated our attention to detail, as well as the extra work involved in getting it exactly right. So: foundation, flexibility, attention to detail, communication, and education. After that, by all means discuss the extras. And click here for a pdf version. About Craig Craig Leerman Senior Contributing Editor, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Craig has worked in a wide range of roles in professional audio for more than 30 years in a dynamic career that encompasses touring, theater, live televised broadcast events and even concerts at the White House. Currently he owns and operates Tech Works, a regional production company that focuses on corporate events based in Reno. http://techworksreno.com/ Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Audio Basics Business Concerts Craig Leerman Engineer Humor Management Sound Reinforcement Technician · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.