Busy, busy, busy!

The 608 Sound & Light crew has been busy around the shop – there’s never a dull moment, that’s for certain!

We’ve improved and increased our inventory and equipment and have been busy with live sound production in and around the Madison area. We are grateful for everyone’s interest and support, and we have enjoyed every single show.

I often comment that it’s difficult to mix the FOH (Front Of House) show when I’m busy tapping my toes and drumming with my fingers because I’m enjoying the performance so much. 🙂 Just shows you how lucky we are to work with so many awesome live bands and artists!

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent events, additions, and news from 608 Sound & Light. Please be sure to contact us as early as possible for any of your potential shows, gigs, or events – our calendar is filling-up quickly!

Stage Power

Neutrik OA Windsor PowerCon
Building OA Windsor Stage Power Boxes with Neutrik PowerCon connectors

OA Windsor tour grade stage and backline power boxes
OA Windsor Stage Power Boxes and 12/3 SOOW cable in various lengths
A behind the scenes view of our new OA Windsor Stage box, doing what it should do - providing modular, clean, reliable power to a pedal board
A behind the scenes view of our new OA Windsor Stage box, doing what it should do – providing modular, clean, reliable power to a pedal board

Most people take power for granted – it’s always there when you need it, right? Normally, yes. But when it comes to “backline stage power” for a performance, there’s a lot more to consider. Thanks to our new OA Windsor boxes, 12/3 SOOW cable, Neutrik NAC3FCA 20-amp PowerCon connectors, and Hubbel 20-amp hospital grade receptacles, we are able to place clean, safe, reliable power anywhere on the stage. We are proud to offer six independent boxes and more than 150-feet of cable options.


QSC amplifiers
We are loving our newly configured amplifier racks. Clean, simple, and powerful!!

QSC Power Everywhere – nearly 25,000-watts of clean power
QSC Live Sound Amplifier Rack FOH
18,800-watts of live sound QSC power for your next gig, show, festival, or event!

Simply put, we LOVE our QSC power amplifiers. They never run out of gas and always sound incredible. They are super efficient and uber-reliable. We carry spares in the event of the unthinkable – not many sound companies can do that!

Cables & Maintenance

Getting ready to assemble a Neutrik NL4FX connector with 10-gauge Rapco speaker wire
Getting ready to assemble a Neutrik NL4FX connector with 10-gauge Rapco speaker wire

Replacing old RCF subwoofer drivers with new 18Sound drivers in our EAW cabinets
Replacing old RCF subwoofer drivers with new 18Sound drivers in our EAW cabinets

Anytime you’re moving heavy, cumbersome, expensive, and delicate equipment, there’s going to be challenges and problems. To combat unexpected issues, we proactively monitor and maintain our gear, especially the “heavily used and abused” stuff like cables.

After a few untimely failures, we have taken the plunge by investing in and replacing any non-Neutrik connectors with quality Neutrik connectors. Neutrik makes the best connector, bar none. Reliable, foolproof, and simply great. Sure, each speaker connector costs around $7, but they’re worth every penny.

We also took the plunge and proactively replaced all of our subwoofer drivers. The original RCF drivers were good, but a few of them were showing signs of their age. So, we called the folks over at 18Sound and within a few days (and a few thousand dollars later), we had brand new, 18-inch, 2400-watt drivers. The 18Sound drivers are *incredible* – so smooth, so controlled. We are loving the lows that these deliver, and so will you!!

Shows, gigs, live bands, venues

A favorite local band performing at a bar - sound by 608 Sound & Light
A favorite local band performing at a bar – sound by 608 Sound & Light

live band outdoor stage
Thirsty Jones playing at The Old Rock in Columbus, WI
The Material Boys at Next Door Brewing Company's 3rd Anniversary Party. Sound by 608 Sound & Light
The Material Boys at Next Door Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Party. Sound by 608 Sound & Light
608 Sound & Light Tommy Stinson
Providing live sound services for Tommy Stinson
Live sound for bands 608 Sound & Light
Dressy Bessy rocking out at Kiki’s House of Righteous Music. Sound by 608 Sound & Light

Let’s be honest – this is why we do what we do. We LOVE music, especially live music. The energy, the crowd, the vibe… it’s all so enjoyable and addictive. We also love making bands and performers sound their absolute best. We’re able to do what we do because we have great equipment, we take care of it, we are constantly improving, and we have the experience to work with any type of venue, performance, or situation.

So, there you have it. A brief look into what’s been keeping us busy lately.

And, just because I didn’t know where to insert these, here are a few extra random photos. 🙂

Thanks again to everyone for your support and interest!

Mogami Rapco Whirlwind
Cable management is key!
SKB cases
Some of the gear no one ever sees… road cases for days!
We are in love with Mark Fairchild's DW kit. It sounds incredible and Mark knows how to work it!
We are in love with Mark Fairchild’s DW kit. It sounds incredible and Mark knows how to work it!
Sennheiser 906
A Sennheiser e906 microphone on a Fender Blues Master Jr amplifier

Visit Downtown Madison

Category : Events & Shows

Enjoy some live music as you trick-and-treat your way down Madison’s infamous State Street. Music will start at approximately 4:30pm.

608 Sound & Light and Live Sound Production for Wisconsin

Category : Events & Shows

We just wrapped-up an incredible weekend with the fine folks from the Wil-Mar organization, where we provided live sound production service for their KidsFest Stage as part of AtwoodFest 2016. It was a really enjoyable festival- we met a ton of great people, worked with some amazing musicians, and had a great time!

We learned a few things from the event and wanted to share some of the experiences with you here:

1. Good, reliable power is crucial!
We don’t require a lot of power when compared to other live sound companies, but we do require at least two (2) 120-volt, 20-amp circuits for the PA system. If your band requires additional stage power, then we would really like to have access to three (3) 120-volt, 20-amp circuits.

The power should be located as close to the stage area as possible, and power needs to be confirmed as working and functional.

When we arrived to the festival, we discovered the nearest outlet (one, and only one) was more than 150-feet from the stage, and even worse, it wasn’t working. It had a bad receptacle. Thankfully, we were able to get the receptacle replaced and working just minutes before the festival started. We also managed to find one more outlet (another 150-feet from the stage, opposite direction), and were surprised that we ran the entire weekend on two circuits, with more than 300-feet of distance from the stage. Whew!!!

We don’t ask for much, but we really do need access to good power.

2. For festivals and events with multiple bands, detailed line-ups, stage-maps, and any other information about the performers’ needs are appreciated.
608 Sound & Light supported a total of thirteen (13) acts over a period of two (2) afternoons. Each act had their own, unique set-up and needs. Knowing as much as we can beforehand about each group ensures a smooth, seamless stage transition. It also avoids potential technical issues.

One of the acts required a CD player, which was not identified as necessary by the organizer. One of our engineers was able to (literally) run to his house, get a CD player and run back to the show just minutes before it was needed. Without that, the act wouldn’t have been able to perform!

3. Sunscreen and hydration are super important.
We love being outdoors, especially when we’re providing sound for a great festival or event. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen – our particular stage was set-up directly in the afternoon sun, and while it had a bit of a shade, many of the performers didn’t have sunscreen and were visibly uncomfortable. We shared our sunscreen with those who wanted it, and we had a cooler full of ice cold water and carbonated beverages.

4. If you can arrive to the stage a little early, things will go much easier.
Most of the groups that we worked with were excellent about arriving to the stage with plenty of time before their scheduled performance. This was great, because it allowed us to chat with the musicians, understand their set-ups and needs, and just hang-out and enjoy a bit of time together. Those shows also sounded the best – surprise, surprise!

So there you have it. A few lessons learned from the festival weekend. Small glitches aside, it was a great event, and we can’t wait to work with other festival organizers and musical groups!

We worked with bluegrass bands, rock and roll bands, kid-oriented bands, dance troops, percussion groups, and DJs, and we had a great time, with great sound, and tons of positive comments and compliments. We’d love to work with you soon!