Hey all. So, long story short: played a gig tonight where our gear resulted in the sound guy being unable to mix. Came off looking like assholes. What can you do when the problem is literally out of your hands? Longer story: we've got an in ear rack for various band projects. The rack itself works pretty well for us. The problem is that we invariably flummox each sound guy we interact with in some varying way, shape, or form. It seems that no matter how hard I try to simplify or make obvious or whatever, something (often previously unseen) happens each time to cause problems. I was pretty convinced we had it down this time, but clearly I was wrong. Tonight was a different kind of disaster, though. The sound guy was mixing wirelessly for an X32 rack. Looking back on it, I think what happened is that my guitar wireless (Line 6 G50) was conflicting with the sound guy's wireless. I was getting a bunch of cut outs during sound check, so I just plugged in, but forgot to turn off my transmitter. I realize this now, but at the time was not obvious to me. The end result is that the sound guy was paralyzed and couldn't do anything at all, and we had to scramble to make our PA speakers do a full mix while the promoter got mad at us. The thing that makes this unique: normally it's the sound guy trying to figure out how to route things that's the issue. This time we managed to completely fuck up his basic functions. Of course, the band before us and after us had no problems, which further makes us look like assholes. My question: what the hell do you do in this situation? We were, by all accounts, ready and raring to go on time, but since the sound guy couldn't cope, we had to cut over half the set. I've never run into a situation where it was not us but the front of house having a technical foul up, though admittedly it was kind of caused by us. On a personal level, I'm trying to figure out how I should feel about this. On one hand, we had yet another series of glitches at a show wrought by our gear. The whole in ear rack is my baby, so I get down on myself when something goes wrong. On the other hand, this sound guy was in a situation where he was completely unable to do his job by using some pretty common gear. I'm frustrated, but I'm leaning to the side of forgiving myself for this one. Given the ubiquity of 2.4 GHz music gear, I feel like a sound guy should have some backup methods for situations like this: a hardware surface to mix from, a 5 GHz router, etc. I am, however, going to migrate away from this wireless. This just kind of further proved to me that the band is too cluttered. Anyway, sorry for the long post. It's fresh in my mind and I'm feeling disappointed and discouraged, so I wanted to get some thoughts on it all.