S1 Pro outdoors
So I had an interesting gig yesterday ... I thought I'd share my experience and post a few questions to see what advice folks would have for me.
I was asked to play at an event that was outdoors. The invite said that there would not be any power (it was the parking lot of a mall) but battery powered amps were permitted.
Of course, I took my S1. Photo of the stage attached.
When I got there, I found that the organizers had set up a small stage - with no canopy under the bright morning sun.
Problem #1: I could hardly see my iPad in the bright light. Brightness was at 100% but couldn't overcome sunshine and reflections.
Problem #2: When checking for sound levels (it was my first time cranking up the S1 volumes well above the 12 o'clock mark), I couldn't see the lights - no green, no red, no nothing. The sunshine just drowned the lights out.
When I got there, I discovered that the organizers had, in fact, left a (Yamaha) mixer and two (powered) speakers for our use. However, I didn't want to futz around with trying out a new system - setup would have taken me too long since I was not at all familiar with the mixer etc. In the attached photo, you can see the mixer on the stage in the bottom right corner of the photo and one of the speakers off to the left of the photo. I also didn't know if the mixer was powered and would be putting gain on the line - and didn't have enough time to help to figure this out (I was on my own).
I did have a TS cable and could have gone from the S1 line out to the mixer ...
Problem #3: I remembered reading that the S1 line out needed a TRS cable - but didn't know if that was only if connecting to another S1. I carry my user manuals on my iPad. But the S1 manual is silent on how to connect to another mixer; it just says that a TRS cable is required to connect to a second S1.
If I had known that there was power available, I would have taken my L1M2 and T1 system and I'm sure everything would have been just dandy. Except for Problem #1 above, of course!
I'm posting this to learn from others who have experienced all of the above problems ... so here goes:
1. Any suggestions on how to deal with the effects of an outdoor, uncovered performance space when sunshine is blinding out the iPad (in all honesty, I don't think there's a solution to this except for using a canopy)?
2. How do I view the S1 indicator lights in bright sunlight - I tried cupping my hands around the lights but it's kinda hard to do a sound and light check with a guitar and mic in use while crouching down. I just couldn't see any lights on the S1 indicators.
3. Would I have been OK to run a TS cable from the S1 line out to the mixer? Wouldn't it be nice if the S1 user manual included something on the subject?
If you've read this far, thank you for being so patient. All ideas/suggestions are welcome - I want to learn from this experience to be prepared for the next time I'm faced with it - and I'm sure there will be a next time!
Thanks very much.