Sound And Light Training
(last update 2001-05-19 - Ken Ellis)
13. Operating a Sound System
Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver.
You should have completed sound check before the audience arrives
If appropriate, play some background music as the audience enters
Once the room is full of people, the sound is going to be different!
If a laveler mike is being used, make sure the performer is wearing it as high as possible, centered, and facing straight up
If battery operated mikes are being used, make sure they are turned on
Keep all mike channels off until the program begins
When the program begins, listen first for correct overall volume and make any necessary adjustment quickly
Check to see that the proper lights are turned on. Are the main lights supposed to be dimmed?
Listen to see that all performers in the program can be heard and that none are significantly too loud or too soft
Look at the performers to see if they look at ease. Are they straining to hear the monitors? Are they backing away from monitors that are too loud?
Listen for serious tonal quality problems - too bassy, too sharp, or hollow sounding
Follow your program/agenda/Q-sheet to make sure you don't miss any queues
As time permits, use a headset to listen to the PFL for each channel and make any necessary adjustments to volume or equalization
If it is a musical program, listen constantly for a proper blend
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