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How many mic stands, cables, etc.?
Old 25th April 2013
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How many mic stands, cables, etc.?

EDIT: let me try this again...

If you got a last minute call to record a 5-piece rock band on a 24-track, how many feet of cable and how many mic stands would you throw in the truck? Is there a general rule of thumb for this?

Old 25th April 2013
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Thomas W. Bethe's Avatar
You only need what you need. A list like this really is useless because every gig is different. Sometimes I can get all our remote gear in one or two bags, Sometimes the back of my Honda Odyssey is full to the brim. It all depends on the venue and the gig.

Old 25th April 2013
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Yeah, I understand that... I think I'm more interested in the thought process.

Changed original post to reflect that.

Last edited by cjac9; 25th April 2013 at 01:27 PM.. Reason: Changed original post
Old 25th April 2013
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It shouldn't be difficult to figure out what you need.

Five piece band. Say five vocalists, bass, 2 guitars, keys and drummer.

First figure out how many mics on the drums. Then one mic for each amp and one mic for each singer. A 25 foot mic cord for each mic.

A DI for the bass and a DI for the keys. a 25 foot mic cord for each.

Old 25th April 2013
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And, of course, a spare DI or two... and three or four spare mic cables just in case... and a 8x25' stage snake, to keep the cabling neat and tidy... and your 24-channel split (unless you're tracking from direct outs, or this is a session and no PA is needed)... and so forth...
Old 26th April 2013
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Yes, all that and you WILL forget something important.

Don't cut yourself short on the gear.

Old 26th April 2013
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Mats H's Avatar
They will forget to mention that they bring additional keyboards, guest vocalists and a drum pad. And need stands for the guitars. But yeah, always bring plenty of spares and adapters.
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