Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sound & Light Equipment

SOUND: The sound system is not permanently installed, but must be set up from scratch and taken down for each show. This adds some inconvenience up front, but allows for much more flexibility in how it is used. If you plan to use our sound system, you must have a qualified, experienced sound technician to set up, operate, and tear down the equipment. We can refer you to several of our approved sound techs who charge a reasonable fee. While this adds some extra hassle and expense, it saves you the potential cost of having to replace or repair equipment that is broken during your production; if our technician breaks something, you are not responsible. If you prefer to use someone who has never worked here before, they will need to come in a week or two before your show for a walk-through of the system. Alternately, you may bring in your own PA equipment.  

Speakers – Six KV2 EX10 powered speakers on movable stands + EX 2.2 powered subwoofer on rolling cart. These speakers have XLR inputs only, no 1/4" inputs.  

MixersAllen & Heath WZ3 14:4:2 house mixer with six assignable XLR outputs; Mackie 1202 VLZ stage mixer.  

Microphones – Two Electrovoice ND767a dynamic supercardioid vocal mics; two AKG D3800M dynamic cardioid vocal mics; two Shure SM 57 cardioid instrument mics, and two matched pairs of Rode NT5 small diaphragm cardioid-condensor instrument mics.  

Processing RackDBX 166a stereo compressor/limiter/gate; DBX 231 Stereo Graphic EQ; Lexicon MPX 200 Dual Digital Effects Processor; Sony CD player.  

Miscellaneous – Six regular boom stands, one short boom stand; two mono DI boxes, one stereo DI; XLR and balanced 1/4" cables (no regular 1/4" instrument or 1/8" stereo cables), 16-channel snake, adapters, etc. We also have a Fender Twin Reverb '65 Reissue guitar amplifier.

RECORDING: In addition to being available to run live sound, Robb Kunz offers Chapel users a special deal on live concert recording. He'll record your show (with really good mics), mix it, submit a test mix, bounce back, finalize, and master it for the insanely reasonable price of $350. If interested, contact him and tell him you are doing a Chapel show.  

PIANO: ca. 1920 Knabe 9' concert grand. If you want the piano tuned, it is your responsibility to schedule and pay for that. You can use your own tuner, or we can recommend one. It gets tuned whenever someone doing a concert pays to have it tuned, which may be once per month, several times per month, or every few months, depending on who is doing concerts and how much it matters to them. There is no guarantee that the piano will be perfectly in tune for your event, or will have just been tuned recently prior to your event, or that it won't have been moved or played since the last tuning. So if tuning really matters to you, plan on scheduling a tuner. It is usually fine to have them come on the day of your event, just let us know so we can schedule it.

STANDS: We have about ten Manhassett music stands (they come and go), but no stand lights. We also have two keyboard stands and several guitar stands.

LIGHTING: There are three overhead bars to hang lights from: rear of stage, middle of house, and back of house, and there is one vertical bar on each side of the stage at mid-room for side lights. There is an enclosed lighting/projection booth at the rear of house on the fifth floor. Control console: NSI Leviton MC-7024 24-channel, two-scene preset with DMX protocol output to 1.2 kW capacity dimmers. There is a one-person Genie lift to access the lights.

Our standard lighting plot is set to a general stage wash (+ audience) that works well for most shows. If you wish to make changes to the standard plot – changing gels or focus – you will have to hire an experienced lighting tech to do this and to restore the standard plot, even if you have a lighting designer/operator to run your show. While this does add some extra expense to your show, it saves you the risk and potential expense of having to replace or repair expensive equipment that is broken by someone involved in your production. Unfortunately we do not have a current referral list for freelance lighting technicians; if you wish to be on such a list, please let us know!

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