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Tech Specs and Stage Plots

What you need to provide and how best to provide it

The information you send out to venues, production companies or just the couple who book you for their wedding is really important. It is really good to have an up to date list of requirements that can help make the gig go smoothly and the ‘get in’ and sound check less stressful.

The MU asked Chris Webster of AML Group who are regularly engaged to provide production support for indie, folk, funk and function bands in all manner of venues from tents to Town Halls, festivals and weddings for his top tips.

  • Make sure your tech spec is up-to-date and relevant to the line up for the specific event – don’t send an old one and then try to improvise it on the night.
  • Send it in early – most sound engineers prep in advance to respect your performance and aim to have the right kit and understanding for each act. Respect their professionalism by giving them the time to get things right.
  • Include a Channel Listing and Stage-Plot, including names of musicians, their instruments and where they are positioned on stage.
  • Keep it to what ‘you’ genuinely need. Do not get distracted by the venue’s PA equipment or the number of db at FOH position. If you have any access requirements make the venue and the production team aware.
  • Take reponsibility for all the equipment you intend to take. This includes making sure it is fully working, regularly inspected and PAT tested.
  • The tech spec should include specifics such as where DI input, XLR or +48v phantom power are required. State your preferred microphone – the actual mic used may be down to the venue, but if you highlight what has worked well for you in the past, it is a start. Also highlight if you need a mic stand and whether short or tall boom, straight or overhead.
  • A vocalist should have his or her own microphone – for sound reasons, and hygiene reasons too!
  • If you need 13a power, an ‘in-ears’ mix feed or a monitor, put it on the stage plot and highlight the requirement.
  • Make sure you have your cables, Pro audio engineers work with XLR audio cables, Musicians mostly work with 1/4" jack cables – take your own, treat them well, coil them nicely and they will last longer!
  • Know the sound engineer’s name, and take a few minutes to walk them through your set and highlight any areas for extreme ambience or effects that may be needed. Plus talk to them about your monitor mix and do not assume they are hearing what you are hearing.
We have alsomade available a sample of a more detailed Tech Spec.

Should you need further information in setting up for a gig, please contact your Regional Office.

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Example Tech Spec (PDF 484.27 bytes file opens in new window)