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Mixing a Musical by Shannon Slaton

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7

THE SHOP

Once all of this has been worked out, the next step is for the mixer to go to the shop and build the show. This is where the system starts to become the mixer’s and this is where a mixer starts to prove his worth. In the shop we label and rack all the equipment and cable. We also plug the entire system together and test it. Most mixers are very particular about how racks are built and what they look like. Mixers can also be very picky about how racks are labeled and patched and how the spare cables are tied up. Good mixers pride themselves on their finished systems. The look of the system is a representation of the mixer, and the cleaner and more thought out it is, the better a mixer looks. Nothing is worse than having another Broadway ...

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