As a musical band that often tours, we cannot stress enough how important a decent sound check before your performance is. The process itself is fairly simple; you sing a few songs from your set before the actual performance, and with the help of a sound engineer you place and tweak all your instruments and speakers/mics according to the ideal sound for the audience to come.
However, many new bands don’t understand that there is a proper way, and some etiquettes, to be followed while conducting a sound check, so read the following tips very carefully:
Play Something Familiar
Familiar to the sound engineer, we mean. Often new bands will use the extra hour or so they get for their sound check as a rehearsal slot or jamming session. This is not the case. A sound check is a sound check, and the people helping you get the best possible sound from your music should not be taken for granted. It’s important to take this process seriously, and play something that the sound engineer and technicians know so that they can better judge the quality of the sound.
Understand the Physics
It’s not always good to be a perfectionist while going through a sound check, because the fact of the matter is that your music is definitely going to sound a little different when the venue is actually full of people dancing up and down. It’s important to trust your sound engineer, understand the parameters on which sound checks are conducted, and then settle on the best possible arrangement that can be made. Many bands waste their slot to conduct a sound check simply because they fall into a never-ending cycle of checking and rechecking because they just can’t achieve the ‘perfect’ sound.
So take our advice, and start focusing more on sound checks than you do at the moment. It’s an essential part of your performance, and has the power to make or break your tour.