Audio equipment and Sound Engineering

Sound engineers are responsible for the ensuring that the sound during live performances is of the highest quality possible.
During larger events they are usually assisted by audio technicians.

Sound engineers usually specialize in managing the sound the audience hears, known as front of house, or operating on-stage sound for the performers to hear themselves (Monitor Engineer). With smaller events, one sound engineer will often handle both duties.

– General Duties –

Before the event takes place:

Work with the client to plan the sound requirements for an event.

Assisting with the preparation of the ‘Sound Plot’ or script.

This is a detailed plan that ensures that everything happens at the right time during a performance.

On the day of event:

Oversee the installation and set-up of the sound reinforcement and mixing equipment, including the sound mixers, processors and any playback equipment.

Participate in sound checks with the artists before the performance.

Work as part of a wider team which includes lighting technicians and the director/producer.

During the performance:

Work from the mixing desk to control and balance sound levels, adding processing as needed to microphone and instrument feeds, such as equalization, echo and other effects.

Implement the changes to the mix as detailed in the Sound Plot throughout the show.

Work around any problems or issues that arise during the performance.

Basic tools of the trade:

Powered Speakers (Full Range)

These versatile speakers are usually mounted on speakers stands.

The amplifier is built into the speaker cabinet, and is very power efficient.

The JBL PRX range can be used as “Front of House” speakers, or monitors.

Suitable for up to 250 people

Powered Speakers (Bass Bins)

These versatile speakers are usually placed on the ground.

The amplifier is built into the speaker cabinet, and is very power efficient.

The JBL PRX range can provide a great extended “bottom end” bass response.

Line array systems

These versatile speakers are usually “flown” from trussing

The amplifier is built into the speaker cabinet, and is very power efficient.

The JBL SRX and Vertec range can provide a great extended “bottom end” bass response.

Suitable for 250 people up to 10 000 (Modular system)

Pioneer DJ CD players and mixers

We stock the industry standard Pioneer CDJ 2000 nexus CD Players and Pioneer DJM 900 nexus mixers

Analogue mixing desk

An analogue mixing desk is used for smaller events.
These desks have a great warm and vintage sound.

Our Allen and Heath ZED range allow for a recording of the Master Stereo Outputs.

Digital mixing desk

A digital mixing desk is used for larger, more complicated shows.
These desks offer advanced signal control with features like a compressor, Lexicon effects, and multiple sends to stage.

Our Soundcraft SI Compact 24 Channel desk has a Multi Digital card which allows us to record a multi channel mix of the performance, in .Wav format, for post event mixing and processing.

Stage Snake

A stage box is a rugged metal housing used in the audio engineering and entertainment fields to connect microphones and other sound equipment to the multicore cable.

It functions as an extension of the equipment cables, allowing for the sound desk to be situated further away from the stage, and also as a single location for cables to be plugged in.

The entire assembly of stage box and multicore cable is sometimes referred to as an audio snake or simply snake.