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Cleanup Time

Now that we have some time under our belts and settled into a good rhythm, I can lay off the nerdery a bit and deal with info sharing at a more leisurely pace. The Ogasmatron (Vortex) and Slotfire setups are fairly easy to replicate and the need for my hands on aspects are greatly diminished. Back into our second to last arena today and the Orgasmatrons are truly refreshing. So how about a little house cleaning of the photos that are collecting in my post folder?

Daniel (Ocho Diablo) rocks the suction machine. Meet Chris Holmes (Ocho Wino) our Bus-Ocho protools wizard that handles the samples and such, like the "west coast shit" during the drum solo.

Tom stands near the flame thrower

Jumping back to audio, here is the centerfill dV-Dosc hang with front and rear motors for a near straight down shot. I avoid stage stacked fill speakers and fully rely on everything flown for coverage. These pretty much see a full mix identical to the mains.

So we headed to Council Bluffs for an outdoor field show. Last of a five gig sprint. Talk about a wonderful mix of fun and misery, wow. So, though I am sure you have heard the news by now, yes, we were at the epicenter of Fly War 2009.

Though this does not do justice to the plentiful fly covered strips dangling everywhere, Jessica celebrates them

Oh, scenes like this were everywhere. On everything. But hey, the good news is at least the dining area was inside a room. The bad news is that so was the most awe inspiring gathering of flies imaginable. Everywhere on everything. At least we could try and clear them out except the only water source was a sink that meant a hose ran out the door to the outside fly area where the caterers battled out a space to cook So we wont be closing that door. Clearly the flies had a well thought out plan.

But our catering is a force to be reckoned with that strikes fear into all that cross their path. Be advised, this next photo is not for the faint hearted so look at your own risk.

That's right, prepare for battle but first we must arm the troops. Meet 'The Claimer' a ruthless weapon that travels at high speeds crushing its victims mercilessly.

It was long and bloody battle, and though no war is truly won, we were able to retake our dining area and in the aftermath there was plenty of room for celebration.

how about a wander into punter world? Bl-ink

Hey, I was gonna wear that, darn it!

Now that's what friends are for. The one gal was actually eating the funnel cake and watching the show.

Yes, I know, just another picture we all see every day out of our office window but can you spot anything out of the ordinary?

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Got ink? Blink ink? Like signed and came back an hour later fresh ink?

Ocho Diablo getting ready dial in the Travis' drum world, it's a tough gig but it has to be done.

Interesting strategy with, I would assume, a relatively low probability of success.

But when travis spotted her and dove off the stage screaming "Yes Yes" I was proven wrong. Oh wait, maybe not.

And so ends another rough day at the office.

Dave Rat


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Joe Lepore on :

Dave, After having the chance to check out the Orgasmatron's personally in an arena that I am familiar with (thanks to you and Jim for that!), I've got to say I am impressed. They do everything you said they would for evening out the coverage throughout the whole bowl. While I wasn't able to get up to the upper deck (didn't really want to deal with Asia any more than necessary!), I was able to walk from the top of the first level down, across the floor, and up the other side of the bowl, both during sound check and with the place full of people during showtime. The coverage was amazingly even - the difference in the impact of the kick for example felt within a few db the entire path of my travel. The only dropoff I found was actually the side edges of the floor going up to the first row of the lower level. Even that wasn't bad - just the only place along my path I could detect a noticible drop out - although less than the normal nodes you would hear on the floor on either side of power alley. The second thing that I realize only now as I write this, was that this was a general admission floor show - and was quite heavily packed between the stage and FOH - that's a lot of standing bodies piled in there between the subs and the rest of the arena - and it was STILL that even. As for the orgasmatrons themselves - I did get up near them during sound check and they put out a respectible kick, and as designed, I heard the significant drop off back at monitor world (very nice actually!) During show time I managed to get about 15 feet from them and could feel my chest not being very happy. I did notice that security was NOT standing in front them as during normal shows :) I would guess with the right wave file loaded up, you could use them as defibrillators should the need arise! During Travis' solo, and the final notes of the show when he seemed to detune his electronics down into the 30Hz range, I am sure that for anyone in the first 50 feet of the arena, the orgasmatron lived up to it's name! My pant legs were shaking at FOH .. I can imagine teeth rattling up closer! This seems like one of those few times when theory and reality actually coincide. All that, and you're a nice guy too - who woulda thunk it!

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