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  • Writer's pictureLaura Seymour

The importance of a sound check

Doing a sound check before every performance is vital!

Here are some hints and tips that we have picked up over many years of performing that make each sound check a little simpler.

  • Explore where you are going to be performing - are you inside or outside

  • Check the space - how far does your sound need to travel

  • What equipment do you need?

  • Will you need amplification? - if so - be prepared and have spare extension leads, mats to cover the leads and make sure you've given yourself plenty of time to set all of this extra equipment up

  • What are the venue's policy regarding music?

  • Remember to check - does the venue allow for amplified music?

  • Understand that a sound check is always important

  • Know how the sound check is going to work at each venue - are you conducting it yourself or does the venue have a sound engineer

  • Arrive on time and then make sure that you have a plan so that you can be efficient with that time

  • Be honest if it is not sounding how you would like it to sound - make the changes that are needed!

  • Check a variety of dynamics and performing styles in your sound check

  • Be prepared for your performance and know what you want to achieve in the sound check

  • Know that each instrument needs to be checked individually as well as together

  • Finally, be prepared that your energy levels and nerves will be different when you have an audience in front of you

Remember, the actual performance is what really matters

No matter what happens in the sound check - positive or negative, always remember to sing or play with confidence when performing for your audience, no matter how big or small.

We hope that this was helpful.

Best wishes,

Laura & Katja

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