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USING THE GEAR      (Music Room, Yours, anyone else's)


Before You Start

1. Do you need to use the gear? Can you rehearse as effectively acoustically?

2.Have you got permission? Does a member of staff know what you are doing?

Starting
ALWAYS  make sure you know the right gear to use :

There are three sorts of jack to jack leads

 

                                                                            

 

 INSTRUMENT (guitar) LEADS, PATCH LEADS and PA LEADS. They have different functions and different stuff inside.
PATCH LEADS are about 15cms long. They are used for joining effects boxes together in a chain (eg from a distortion pedal to a delay pedal).
INSTRUMENT LEADS are used to take the signal from the INSTRUMENT to the AMPLIFIER.
PA LEADS take a signal from the PA AMP to its SPEAKERS.

Microphone leads are either XLR to XLR (cannon to cannon) or XLR (cannon) to jack. Most of the time you need XLR to XLR (cannon to cannon) leads:

                                                                           

Here's a video of how to plug your guitar (or whatever) in carefully



Setting up

1. USE THE RIGHT AMP FOR THE RIGHT TASK:

Electric Guitars - use a Guitar Amp.
Bass Guitars      - use a Bass amp
Keyboards         - use the Peavey or PA
Vocals               - use the PA
Anything else acoustic Cellos,Violins,paper & comb  use the PA or ask.

2. Make sure that everything looks like it is in good shape.Report anything unusual IMMEDIATELY however unsure you are.

3. Make sure the volume is switched OFF. NEVER switch PA on without plugging the speakers in first.

4. Make sure you know the difference between CHANNELS and INPUTS. Some amps have 2 inputs but only 1 channel. It will only take one instrument.

5. With the volume OFF switch the amp ON. Plug in and pull plugs out with the volume OFF.

6. DON'T swing the mikes around like some sad cabaret singer in sequinned flares.

7. Remember the old jazz adage: If you can't hear the rest of the band, you're playing too loud.

Packing up

Turn the volume off the amp. Unplug instrument lead. Switch amp off, unplug it and take it
caringly back to its rightful place. Take the snare off the snare drum so it doesn't get stretched.
Wrap all leads up like this:

 

                                                    Get it straight

                                      

 

                                                   Get it in half, end to end

                                      

                                                    In half again (if very long), then

                                                                                                    

 

 

Hang it up on the wall in the live room.

 

Do NOT FAFF ABOUT with, or lean on:      

 

             

 

The Hi Hat Stand - particularly the clutch which keeps all the bits together    : Mic stands which all seem to be made by pixies and fall apart easily

 

 Go in peace.

REMEMBER:

BE  NICE TO THE GEAR - WE GET TO BUY MORE NICE GEAR
 

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