Technical Rider

Please read the WHOLE rider covering Timing, Access, Instrument inputs, Microphones, Mic inputs, Stage positions, Stands,  Lighting and Video

We have colour coded the requirements as essential, some essential if travelling by plane, some are ideal, parts are nice to haves.

Summary

Speak and Spell do everything we can to make life easier for our FOH engineers.

We only need

  • 1 x SM58 Radio Mic 
  • 4 x SM58s and cables
  • 3 x Black Boom Microphone Stands
  • 4 x Black Straight Microphone Stands (1 silver if possible)
  • A stage box input for 16 balanced XLRs
  • At least 5 separate floor monitors running 4 x separate monitor mixes 
  • Some table/stands (to put macs on) as its not feasible for us to bring our own furniture.
  • Black Sheets if you’ve got them

If we are flying to play your gig we cant bring everything. So we need

 

  • 3 x Double Tier Keyboard Stand
  • 3 x additional support for laptops and soundcards

 

+ Early Entry to the Venue for equipment test
+ 2-3 Hour Soundcheck

PLEASE BE ADVISED.  We have noticed an increasing number of venues locate sub woofers under the stage and pump stages with high volumes of sub bass during the gig.  While thats great etc, this bass is very often perceived delayed to the music while it resonates around the stage to the feet.  This can undermine the effectiveness of the in ear systems by presenting the musician with different, confusing timing.

It is for this reason the band also need floor monitor mixes as it helps to counteract this issue.

Channel List
1.) Backing Left
2.) Backing Right
3.) Keys Tony Left
4.) Keys Tony Right
5.) Keys Keith Left
6.) Keys Keith Right
7.) Keys Paul Left
8.) Keys Paul Right
9.) MIC Paul (Stage Front Centre Lead)
10.) MIC Tony (by Keys)
11.) MIC Keith (by Keys)
12.) MIC Paul B (by Keys)
13.) MIC Tony (Stage Front Right)
14.) Spare. Reserved for additional instrument
15.) Spare. Reserved for Additional Mic
16.) Spare Reserved for Stage Cues / Clicks

 

Detail

Our rig is essentially contained and wired in three flight cases. Mixer, Audio Case, In ears Case.

ALL of our instruments and (your) 5 microphones go to our audio case where signals are split and instruments DI’d.  One split goes to the FOH cable for you guys, the other goes to our own 4xAUX mixer which mixes for our 4 x radio in ear systems.

This rig allows us to provide FOH engineers with 16 Balanced Male XLR leads, usually only needing 12 or 14 of them (but plan for 16, in case). Simple :-)

In detail, we have 6 duplicate controller keyboards (Roland A-800 pros) controlling 3 Apple Macbook Pro Laptops.  These 3 laptops generate sound, in ear cues and metronomes through several outputs. All channels intended for the audience are already wired into a DI Unit and split.  These are

1.) Backing Left
2.) Backing Right
3.) Tony Left
4.) Tony Right
5.) Keith Left
6) Keith Right
7.) Paul Left
8.) Paul Right

In addition, 5 Microphones are sent to the same box, split by a Mic splitter and returned in further male XLR leads.

9.) Paul (Lead)
10.) Tony (Keys)
11.) Keith (Keys)
12.) Paul B (Keys)
13.) Tony (Out Front Mic)

We can provide an additional 3, so it is best if FOH prepared to receive 16 channels.

Backings and instruments should ordinarily be set at precisely the same volumes as the mixes are set in the macs.

 

A) Stage Positions, Microphones and DI Inputs to F.O.H.

Paul
Stage Position : Stage Centre Front
Delivering : Lead Vocals
Required from Venue/Promotor :

1 x Wireless Shure SM58 Microphone connected to Desk
1 x Straight Microphone Stand. (Silver preferable)

Tony 1
Stage Position : Stage Right Back (left back as you face stage)
Equipment : 2 x Roland A-800 Pro Keyboard, 1 x Apple Macbook Pro, Spook-a-phone
Delivering : Live Keys, Vocals, Percussion
Required from Venue/Promotor :

2 x mono DI to desk for live stereo keys
1 x Shure SM58 Microphone to Desk
1 x Boom Type Microphone Stand.
1 x Straight Microphone Stand.

Tony 2
Stage Position
 : Stage Right Front (left as you face stage)
Equipment : 1 x Gretsch G5124 Baby Falcon, 1 x Gretsch Double Anniversay Floor Effects unit, 1 x Guitar Stand
Delivering : Guitar, Vocals
Required from Venue/Promotor :

1 x mono DI to desk for guitar
1 x Shure SM58 Microphone to Desk
1 x Boom Type Microphone Stand.
1 x Straight Microphone Stand (for Spookaphones)

Keith
Stage Position : Stage Centre Back
Equipment : 2 x Roland A-800 Pro Keyboard, 1 x Apple Macbook Pro, Spook-a-phone
Delivering : Live Keys, Backing Tracks, Vocals, Percussion, Metronome
Required from Venue/Promotor :

2 x mono DI to desk for live stereo keys
2 x mono DI to desk for stereo backing track
1 x Mono DI to desk for stage monitor metronome
1 x Shure SM58 Microphone with cable to band’s Audio Box
1 x Boom Type Microphone Stand.
1 x Straight Microphone Stand (for Spookaphones)

Paul B
Stage Position : Stage Left Back (right as you face stage)
Equipment : 2 x A-800 Pro
Delivering : Live Keys, Vocals
Required from Venue/Promotor :

1 x Shure SM58 Microphone with cable to band’s Audio Box
1 x Boom Type Microphone Stand.

B) Monitor Mixes 

At least 5 separate floor monitors
At least 4 separate monitor mixes. Lead vocals, Tony, Keith & Paul

C) If band are travelling by aeroplane

If we are  travelling by air it is cheaper to hire in certain items than pay excess baggage charges due to their weight.
Required from Venue/Promotor :

Support Stands and covering

Black Sheets to cover tables and surroundings
Black sheets to cover keyboards during support act

Stage Position : Stage Right Back (left back as you face stage)
Two tier keyboard stand plus additional desk like support for laptop and soundcard.

Stage Position : Stage Centre Back
Two tier (Apex or similar) for 2 keyboards  plus additional desk like support for laptop and soundcard.

Stage Position
 : Stage Left Back (right back as you face stage)
Two tier keyboard stand plus additional desk like support for laptop and soundcard.

 

D) Early Venue Entry and Engineer

We limit risk wherever possible for our host or promotor.

As such we always ask to enter the venue early and perform a line check AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Then if there are breakages or failures we have time to source replacements. We like this contingency, particularly overseas.

E) SoundCheck Time : 1-2.5 hours

i) SET UP, DI Intruments, Line Check, Sound Check
ii) Familiarise the engineer with our systems,
iii) Set gain levels,
iv) Monitor levels and run through 5-6 songs.

We’ve been expected to set up and souncheck in just an hour and it doesn’t work well. With overseas gigs and transport costs being high we are unable to bring DI boxes due to weight. Venue should have them. We will have the correct leads and connectors from the machines to 1/4 jack inputs.

F) Lighting

Low ambient on stage rear
Spots or floods to pick out front and stage right front positions
3 x White 64 parcans : Behind Keyboards on floor at 45 degrees upwards
3 x White 64 parcans : on stands behind Spookaphones at at 45 degrees upwards

G) Video

It is possible to run video for certain tracks. Please speak to Claire Whatley (manager) about this.  If you do want video please ensure your projector and screens are powerful enough for the venue and fit without limiting hindering space requirements.