Mini-Tip: Get a Good Location For the Sound BoardDecember 30, 2012 6:00 am Live Sound
One issue you must face before you can start setting up before a gig is “Where should we put the mixing table?” Sometimes you won’t have a choice, because the venue provides a booth or designated table that they want you to use. Sometimes they already have a sound system set up, and it is where it is. But if you do have some flexibility in the location, here are the key points:
A. Make sure you can hear the band from the mixing position.
There may very well be “hot spots”, especially in bars and clubs, where the crowd is louder than the band! Don’t mix from there.
B. Make sure you can see the band.
If you can find a place with a good view of everyone in the band, use it. Sometimes you can see what’s causing a problem and figure out how to fix it.
C. Think about the cabling.
Don’t even think of running cables anywhere people are walking!
D. Don’t block the view.
Make sure your terrific sound position isn’t in someone else’s way.
[An expanded version of this Mini-Tip appears in my eBook Cheap Advice On Live Sound.]-->