Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Brianfest Day 4 concert set-up

The workshops went down a treat. I sat in on the last one that Brian did where we spent an hour with three local worship leaders who talked about their prayers for this nation, what they feel God is doing here and their dreams for the future.

After the workshops were finished I took Terry the sound engineer up to the field where we found a much more encouraging picture taking place. The sound and light engineers were on site, the sound system was all set up, and so it was time for Terry to start doing his thing. All afternoon he tweaked and tuned. One magic moment for me was standing at the sound desk and hearing "I did it" by the Dave Matthews Band come pouring out of the line arrays and subs as clean and clear as it is through my own desktop monitor speakers, only about four hundred times the volume. It made me smile.

Through the afternoon we worked, setting up the field. The chairs arrived, the drinks arrived, the stewards came to help with the fetching and carrying. Merchandise (CDs and t-shirts), ticket tables, the hot dog guy, the popcorn machine, power cables, projectors, screens, a better kick drum pedal, better drum stool, guitar stands, music stands and finally, some musicians at about 4:30pm.

By this time the lighting rig was nearly up and being tested, the tenting had been adjusted so the backdrop was straight, the intercessors had been round several times preparing the ground spiritually, and the whole system had been EQ'd, including the monitors. Terry was saying things like "Take a little bit of the 33.1K out of the BV wedges", with a couple of our sound guys watching and taking notes - what a great opportunity for them.

Once the band arrived and set up their instruments then the sound check was under way. The sun was beginning to get low, and we were starting to have some idea of how things would look for the concert. The lights were spooled up again and put through their paces, and I was finally beginning to relax and think "It's all going to be ok!"

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