Sound Check instructions

 

SOUND CHECK INSTRUCTIONS:
Sound Board Mix

Goal:

1. To have the singers predominate and loud enough to lead the congregation.
2. To have the instruments in the background, but loud enough for each one to be heard.
3. To avoid having some instrument or voice so loud that it would annoy or distract from the song and the message

Sound Check order:

a. Check/adjust the Gains
b. Check/adjust the sound mix and volume (sound check)
c. Check/adjust the monitors for the singers and band to hear themselves

After the Joyful Noise band starts practicing, let them know that you will start your Sound Check.
Ask that all the singers sing melody or sing normal volume for the sound check to get the gain and mix correct.

1. Check/Set the gains for each singer’s mic.

Check/Set the gains for each instrument’s mic.
(It should show 2 green bars on small LED meters, but not into the yellow.)
Use the PFL button to fine tune the gain with the master LED meter.
(the loudest notes at unison – in the green close to the yellow, but not in the yellow)

2. Sound Check (adjust faders):

have the “sound manager” listen to some songs from the nave to help with the sound check.
Start with black voice faders at “0” and red voice group fader #1 at -5.
The “sound manager” should tell you if the voices need to be louder or softer to lead the congregation.
Adjust the red group fader #1 to get the voices volume right.

Start with black instrument faders near “0” and the red instrument group fader #2 at -5.
The “sound manager” should tell you what instruments need to be louder or softer;
Adjust the black individual faders or red group #2 fader as needed.
(So all instruments can be heard, but not too loud. Let the singers predominate.)

Remember that the piano is not on a group fader, but needs to be adjusted individually.
(The piano and vocal volume can sound different downstairs than in the balcony.)

3. Adjust the monitor volumes/mix for the musicians, if needed.

Can each musician hear himself/herself in their monitor?
Singers use monitor 1; guitars and drum use monitor 2.

4. If needed, you can adjust the individual black voice faders a little so that one voice doesn’t stick out.
Make sure you hear all of them. But still let the melody singer(s) be a bit louder.
(You may need to ask who’s singing melody.)

Let the Joyful Noise band know that the Sound Check is officially over.
You can mark in the sound board binder where the faders are from the sound check.

Mute the piano for preservice, offering, and postlude when it is playing by itself.
(Do not mute the piano during the hymn of the day, as it needs to lead the congregation.)

You could go down during the first song to see how the mix sounds to the congregation
or have someone downstairs listening could come up if there is a problem with the mix.

Communicate with the band. Ask if there were any problems. Let them know about any problems or adjustments. Keep a log in the notebook of any problems and their solutions. (example: If a problem with the sound or if the sound is muddy, you can isolate the problem by muting each instrument one by one until the problem goes away.)

 

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