Most people following my blog probably already know that in addition to writing software, I also enjoy photography, video, and audio. Unfortunately in the last couple of years the number of opportunities I have had to provide audio for different events has declined. And I miss it.
About 4 years ago I bought my dream audio mixer. Not that I had bad equipment prior to that, but I was starting to do events that began to push the limitations of the equipment I had at the time. So I broke the bank (many people buy decent cars for a lot less) and bought something that would provide for any possible need I might ever have, the Mackie TT24. And it’s glorious.
As luck would have it, about the same time I bought it was the same time that my connections to different organizations that needed audio support started to decline. I was excused from my singles ward, which had provided many opportunities (both for the ward directly, and for people I met in and through that ward). And many of the people I had worked with in the past had left the area. Fortunately I was asked to be the sound guy for a vocal group that performed about every other Sunday night. That kept me busy for about a year, and I enjoyed it very much. But when the director of the group moved on to other things, my connection to the group was severed.
At one point I was asked if I could provide sound for a large benefit concert with several very well known performers in Provo. But ultimately the job went to someone else, ironically because they decided that my “quote was too low” which to them meant I wouldn’t do a good job. (I was really just trying to give them the best deal possible. D’oh.)
Sure, I’ve done audio for other events on a much smaller scale. Karaoke parties, deejaying, aside from a few church functions here and there. But none have had a need for audio on a large scale. Which means that my mega-amazing mixer, speakers, microphones, etc. don’t get used very much.
One of the things in my life that provides sanity is being able to jump around between different hobbies. Up until recently, doing sound for different events was a big part of that. So I miss having the opportunity these days.
So if you are a part of a group that has need for audio on a serious scale… professional quality job with high-end equipment, and you’re in my area, I’d love the opportunity. And in many cases I’ll do it pro bono if it’s for a charitable group or a cause I believe in, just because I enjoy it.