Effective Sound Check Tips

Every successful gig rides upon excellent sound quality. No matter how proficient the performers can be, poor sound would definitely kill the party.

One of the renownmixing6 live Sound Engineers, Jonah Altrove emphasized on how annoying poorly run checks can feel, to performers or musicians. This is to say, that sound checks are more so for these musicians and not for the engineers.

Let’s highlight the 3 most important steps:

  • Relationship Between Sound and Space

The sound mix should balance all through the room. Walk around as you do your checks to get the actual representation (output) of what your audience will be hearing.  This way, errors are caught and necessary adjustments made.

  • Line Check

This next step is to ascertain that all the inputs on the mixer is correct, channel by channel. Every signal for all your equipments should be behaving well on the mixer.

  • Sound Check

Once you’ve confirmed that inputs and outputs are okay, then sound check can officially begin! Get to know how each artist or musician feels about the sound clarity. In the event that this not possible, deploy Stage Managers, who are able to quickly relay any fixations that need to be worked on.

Do your best to mix it up well, paying attention to you dB levels through a ‘hand-ear coordination” skill; that is, knowing the kind of sound you need, and the right knobs to use to get there!

DJ Perfect: I get quality sound and techs to run and manage it. However thoroughly I’ve prepared, if sound fails, then my event flops. Good sound is a must!

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3 Responses to “Effective Sound Check Tips

  • Thanks for the insights. I enjoy reading your pieces. Bless u Kent😊

    • DJ Paula Kent
      3 years ago

      Thanks, I enjoy writing and re-reading them too!

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