Amplified Live Music

What do you need to do?

On-stage controls

  • The simple step of keeping levels under control at every stage of the instrument/signal/amplification/reinforcement chain is fundamental.
  • Loud stage noise levels can compromise the quality of the performance and the sound delivered to the audience. It has been known for stage monitoring levels to be so loud that the front-of-house engineer has been unable to hear his own mix. This seriously compromises the possibility of creating a suitable mix for the audience.

'On-stage control measures include the following:

  • Turning it down does not necessarily mean reducing the overall output of the main PA.
  • Consider substituting quieter instruments and amps.
  • Think about Layout and positioning of performers, instruments and equipment.
  • Consider using technology that eliminates the need for loud backline amplifiers on stage.
  • A 'shaker' or 'thumper' is especially useful for reducing drum monitor levels. Shakers will allow performers to use hearing protection and monitor their performance while still maintaining contact with their instruments.
  • Some drummers are quite happy with headphones/in-ear monitors and a shaker rather than a traditional drum fill.
  • Use acoustic controls where appropriate, particularly where there is orchestral music support to main rock performance.

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