OK - So, I started gigging with a acoustic drum set with mesh heads, acoustic triggers and a TD6V module. I have since got an incredible addiction and have gone through a few different sets and modules. I won't bore you with all the details. But I am currently using a TDW20 with all roland cymbals. Here in Denver, playing the original band circut. We don't make anything. Love of music is what it takes. I am currently playing clubs that will hold 200 - 300 people. That's not how many we or anyone gets. It's usually 60 to 100. The PA's are the clubs, and they have been abused. The sound guys get paid, but not much. This could be an extremly long soap opra, but it's not. I love playing, I'm 48 and just got back into it 2 years ago. Played bigger venues but that was then. Here is what I have found with smaller clubs.
1. We run direct, yes everyone. No stage sound, it freaks the FOH guys out BECAUSE there is no stage sound, they are used to mixing with some stage sound. So we have our levels and we tell them, feed us an aux. from the main. That never works.
2. I used to give them 6 to 8 outs. Guess what, they made them sound worse then I could of on a black out. (Those days are gone, really there gone, I can't remember them). I currently send them a balanced L&R from my main out. We practice with powered monitors, each facing up to us. This seems to help because that is what you usually get when your on stage. A powered monitor (even if it is ripped, stained, and showing a bit of puke). So, a balanced out (not balance thru your headphones) as close as you can get to where you play is where I'm at.
I would love to play the big gigs again, but until then, I do believe, in my case. It is best to send the sound guys your best mix off your module.
By the way, I use Vex kits. I have completely customized the ones I use live. But these guys know what there doing.SAM_0746.jpg