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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show by Dave Swallow

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CHAPTER 14

Soundcheck

In this chapter I’m going to talk about a soundcheck and the processes that lead up to it. By this point your PA and mixing console should be up, all your mics should be in position and plugged in, and all your DIs should be present and correct.

COMMUNICATIONS

Before any soundcheck, you must make sure you have good communication with the stage. There is nothing more frustrating than having to shout, or run up to the stage to try and make yourself heard, and it’s pretty hard for the guys on stage if they can’t communicate with you. You want to set up your talk to stage (TTS), or talk-back as it is otherwise known. This is set up using a mic at FOH, which is sent to the monitors so that everyone on stage can hear you. The ...

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