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.