What do you need to do?
- Sound checks expose technicians and other workers to additional high noise levels, and thereforemust be properly managed
- Sound checks are not rehearsals or last minute run-throughs of sets
- It is essential to control the duration and volume of sound checks
Good practice for sound checks includes:
- Checking instruments individually at a realistic volume and then playing an ensemble piece at full concert level.
- Only allowing those personnel required for the sound check on stage and in the auditorium
- Providing somewhere quiet for musicians and crew to take breaks or rest periods
While the sound check is too late to begin thinking about noise management, it is a good opportunity to identify any unexpected or troublesome noise elements. This could be achieved by monitoring sound levels at specific representative reference positions.
The sound check is not just for musicians – it is often the only opportunity for front of house and monitor engineers to set their systems to achieve an optimum mix and safe playback levels.
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