Originally Posted by mute

I played a set recently where the speakers would make a "popping" sound as soon as I hit the orange! Was happening to the guy before me ( lot worse,though).

I just turned the gains down, and the master up - but there wasn't much headroom on it, so invariably I played a bit quieter than the guy before me.

Whats the best solution? - and why would it be popping when it barely hits the orange?

Hitting the orange is just the vu meter on your mixer - the actual club amp must've been set too high if you were hearing clipping before reaching 0dB output.