Username Post: Tech At Conventions        (Topic#2773)
Movie Phone Guy 
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Movie Phone Guy
Loc: Maine
Reg: 01-09-07

11-06-12 08:13 AM - Post#11577    

Anyone around here on a tech staff at a convention? I'd love to talk shop with any of my counteparts out there!
PortConMaine TechOps Chair 2006 -2011
PortConMaine Event Support Chair 2012-2015
Owner of a pretty good Alfredo recipe
Sometimes Patrick plays my Voicemails.


 
Daniel DAmours 
Attendee

Loc: Thunder Bay
Reg: 04-11-08

06-13-13 01:42 AM - Post#12519    
    In response to Movie Phone Guy

I usually play double role as tech staff when our assigned staffer is busy. I also do all of the buying for the convention, which keeps me entertained. I just purchased three Kustom PW50's for our smaller panel rooms, we were running small logitech 2.1 systems for the longest time, so it was time for an upgrade. What have you been doing in your tech role lately?



 
Movie Phone Guy 
Con Regular
Movie Phone Guy
Loc: Maine
Reg: 01-09-07

06-13-13 06:31 PM - Post#12521    
    In response to Daniel DAmours

These days I direct a staff of 17 along with my cochair. we're running 600 watt amplified speakers with Behringer mixers of various size depending on input need for our panel rooms. Our Main event area is outside in a tent (4000 Sq Feet) since we're a little too big for the hotel we use. Main events is run by a couple of 5000 watt amps a 16 ch mixer. New for this year; we're rolling out a new video distribution solution for Main events.

As of 2011 we own everything we use, it's nice not to rent stuff :-D.

When I started 7 years ago it was just me and two other people. We've refined what we do over the last few years. It's defiantly a fun if not stressful process.


What con(s?) do you staff?
PortConMaine TechOps Chair 2006 -2011
PortConMaine Event Support Chair 2012-2015
Owner of a pretty good Alfredo recipe
Sometimes Patrick plays my Voicemails.


Edited by Movie Phone Guy on 06-13-13 06:40 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Daniel DAmours 
Attendee

Loc: Thunder Bay
Reg: 04-11-08

06-14-13 03:23 PM - Post#12523    
    In response to Movie Phone Guy

I am the chairman for Kita-Kon in Thunder Bay, ON. We are an extremely small convention. I've been looking in to staffing at other conventions in the area, but I don't really want to start at the volunteer/gopher level, haha.

I wish we had more money for better equipment, we are currently using this set in our main event area: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/phonic-powe rpod-620-plus--s712-pa-pa cka...

I'm taking a look at adding a powered sub for next year.

 
Movie Phone Guy 
Con Regular
Movie Phone Guy
Loc: Maine
Reg: 01-09-07

06-14-13 11:21 PM - Post#12524    
    In response to Daniel DAmours

That's a nice set. Powered subs are big fun. Nothing wrong with upgrading gear a piece at a time. That's what we've been doing and its worked out alright so far.

When does your convention take place?
PortConMaine TechOps Chair 2006 -2011
PortConMaine Event Support Chair 2012-2015
Owner of a pretty good Alfredo recipe
Sometimes Patrick plays my Voicemails.


 
Daniel DAmours 
Attendee

Loc: Thunder Bay
Reg: 04-11-08

06-15-13 12:46 AM - Post#12525    
    In response to Movie Phone Guy

We try to book Kita-Kon at the end of August. The only other convention that we try to look out for is Fan Expo in Toronto, but sometimes we don't get the dates in time.

Another thing we have to purchase is a couple more projectors. Luckily we don't have to pay to rent the ones we are using, but it's always good to have them in case we move venues again. 1080p projectors have come down in price quite a bit since we bought our last ones, so maybe I will look in to those.
Lakehead Anime Society Director, & Chairman of Kita-Kon
kita-kon.org


 
Movie Phone Guy 
Con Regular
Movie Phone Guy
Loc: Maine
Reg: 01-09-07

06-15-13 11:37 AM - Post#12526    
    In response to Daniel DAmours

For what it;s worth, I always keep an eye on techbargains.com and deals.woot.com. They're great starting points when it comes to adding to or maintaining your gear.

I've also had great experiences with monoprice.com for cables and adapters. A couple of times a year they'll have coupons for free shipping, or a 20% discount.


I've also found it's more cost effective to build our own power runs using spools of service cable, contractor packs for plugs, outlets ect. It helps if you have a trained electrician on staff. Somehow we got lucky and a Master electrician has been on staff @ PCM for a few years now.
PortConMaine TechOps Chair 2006 -2011
PortConMaine Event Support Chair 2012-2015
Owner of a pretty good Alfredo recipe
Sometimes Patrick plays my Voicemails.


Edited by Movie Phone Guy on 06-15-13 11:38 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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