Gigs, functions, big stage, small stage; Kast Off Kinks, Salut, Bones & The Aft, Club Soul, The Fabulous Hurricanes, Not The Rolling Stones...
Live Sound Production is usually a combination of equipment rental and sound engineer expertise.
Some of my clients are bands, others are venues and organisers requiring me to manage a stage and/or band or number of bands such as for mini festivals.
If your fee justifies it then why not go with a fully engineered PA hire. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small or large PA sometimes you just want to concentrate on playing.
For smaller live acts the cabaret package gives you a live sound engineer, 2 FOH speakers and max 2 monitor wedges either EV or QSC options. I’ll bring a digital console and mix on iPad. Max 4 input channels and 4 output with mics and DIs up to this total.
Live band package; Live sound engineer, QSC K12 FOH with a single sub-woofer, up to 3 monitors, digital console with iPad mixing. Basic drum mics, 4 vocal mics including 1 radio. Max 16 inputs 5 outputs.
Cabaret & Duo productions.
These productions are the least expensive of the engineered packages. If I can limit the number of speakers to 4 and only have one or 2 performers to mic up then along with my trusty X32 rack digital (rack) console and iPad then packages can be as little as £225.00.
Function band productions.
Every function band would like to have someone else take care of the PA so that they can concentrate on their performance. However, not all function bands are made (or paid) equal.
So requirements vary considerably from 4 -10 piece bands, from soul, rock to British Dance (20’s, 30’s 40’s) band (I’ve managed the PA requirements of The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra for nearly 15 years now). I’ve experienced pretty much every genre and size and standard of band.
Theatre productions can be anything from a live band to a full theatrical production or musical.
Over the years I’ve covered school musicals productions right up to “Beyond The Barricade” long running touring show (2011). More recently “The Kast off Kinks” at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.