Originally Posted by johnsound
First of all, this is bizarre speaker set-up. You say you're the sound designer, and that it's a play, but the rig as described is nonsense for a play. If you have sound effects, you'll need the option to route them to various locations actually on the stage, not to a pair of speakers pointing at the stage from above. For a typical theatre show, a minimum would be four speakers on-stage, two up-stage and two down-stage, plus the proscenium left and right. It sounds to me as though someone has rigged a surround system, maybe for showing movies, but that's not really any use to you. Can you de-rig any of the speakers? How are the hanging set powered? The Mackie appears to have the facility to route to six outputs, sort of: L & R, Aux 1 & 2 and, weirdly, by pressing the mute button, Aux 3 & 4, so you should be able to get 6 outputs from the desk, at least.
Do you have an effects and music plot? How are you going to play back your sounds? How far into the rehearsal process are you? Can you find whoever did the original install and beat them over the head with the badly labeled snake?
And many other questions...
I wrote a book about theatre sound for novices once, many of the answers are in it.
Well this is a breath of fresh air. I completely agree and we are working on getting even more equipment if not better. I'm basically in a postion where I volunteered to do one thing and now I've ended up doing much more.
The monitors I said pointing at the stage may or may not be used. This is no surround sound setup either. Very small theatre with very small leeway. The extra equipment will be for the stage up and down stage.
Everything will run though the mixer out of a Macbook via 1/8 to 1/4 cable. This is for the cues and music. The previous users sabatoged if you will, the original connections so that they can't figure out how to re-wire it all.
We have effects and music plot. Tech rehearsal is in a week. I've only been on board for a few days....
That being said the show must go on and everything must come into play.