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How musicians can work with the sound engineer to have a great show.

live sound soundcheck Dec 31, 2019

A well run soundcheck can make a world of difference in your show. 

A great sounding show is the goal of every live musician and sound engineer. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if from the first downbeat your stage sound was dialed in and you could just enjoy playing instead of trying to dial in your tone, monitor levels, and fighting to be heard over stage volume?

Lots of things need to happen prior to the performance and depending on the circumstances, there is often not as much time as would be desired. 

What can you do as a musician to help make the most of the time available?

Whether your band just plays for fun on weekends or you are a full time touring musician, here are some tips to help you work constructively with the audio crew and get the most out of your soundcheck time so you can have a successful show.

Where’s the soundguy/gal?

Your sound engineer is here to help you. We (band and crew) are all working towards the same goal- a great show.

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How to get the most out of Soundcheck

A well run soundcheck can make a world of difference in your show. 

Wouldn’t you love to start the show with a great mix instead of spending the first several songs trying to pull it together?  What can you do to get the most out of soundcheck?

Line Check

Prior to doing a soundcheck with the band, it’s very beneficial for the audio crew to run through a line check of all the inputs.  This can be done with the band technicians or another audio tech.  During line check the house and monitor engineer should be making sure all of the inputs are patched and working correctly, no buzzes, crackles, or pops.  Listen for things like bad cables, noisy lines, interference, etc. repair or replace as needed.. Line check is also time to work on getting inputs dialed in. 

Line check has several purposes-

1- To make sure all inputs are working correctly.  All signals should be clean and strong and patched in the right channels.

2- To set input...

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