In a high school with over 2000 students a pep rally needs to be a well orchestrated event. One of the most important components of a successful event is proper sound. After all, you want every one of the 2000 students to be able to clearly hear both the music and the individual speakers. In this school, one individual with a strong background in broadcasting has been in charge of the pep rally sound for the past 10 years. Everything must work near perfectly for an event like this, having to be held outside due to the number off attendees, or one person can end up taking the responsibility for mediocrity. It is a cross he has chosen to bear.
It takes about an hour to set up two amplifiers, speakers on tripods, wires, power, and CD players. As soon as a sound check is made, and the audio levels set, the next thing to do is make sure all of the CDs work as instructed. This is the most difficult part of the job. Seniors have a run in song, all four cheerleading squads have performance music. For years this person in charge of sound has required that all music must be on a CD. The reason is because there are so many different types of phones and media devices, it is impossible to know how to navigate through half a dozen different devices. CDs, however, are easy, written in marker are “Play this when…”, very direct, and easy to understand.
As a matter of process, each CD is played prior to the arrival of the masses to ensure the music was formatted correctly. Success. Each one played exactly as it should. This was around 1:00pm when it was bright, sunny, and around sixty degrees. In an hour, when the masses were starting to arrive clouds had quickly taken over to full overcast, the wind picked up to a stiff breeze, and the temperature had dropped ten degrees. An iPod was being used to play some popular rock music to get the crowd pumped for the rally.
The trouble started immediately. The 500 seniors were ready to come running on to the field and their CD would not play. Suffice it to say that none of the CDs that played earlier, did not play when they were needed. Fortunately, all of the groups had their music on digital devices and the pep rally was a success, if not, a little bumpy.
On his way home from work he wondered why the CDs would not play? Was the player dead? Then a thought came to him. Perhaps the front that moved through had something to do with it. So, after arriving home, he immediately researched the internet and found that a drop in temperature of seven degrees is enough to render a CD unusable due to condensation that builds up, not on the outside, but on the fine encoding surface within the CD. Mother Nature had thrown the perfect curve. He decided from this day forward he will not use CDs any longer. From now on music will be digitally produced in a studio he will build, and only one designated device will be used. As for CDs, remember the 8 track?