ST3 – Stage Plans: Compare & Contrast / How To

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Compare & Contrast two stage plots:

· Home Remedy (HR) stage plot uses images of actual equipment – could make it clearer to see what is needed & reduce room for error/wrong equipment or confusion

· However, HR stage plot is not labelled – solely relying on the images to tell you what is needed – the Johnny Knox & HI – TEST (JK) stage plot has clear labelling & description which would ensure there are no mistakes

· On the JK stage plot, they have two side fill monitors which provide sound to the band which the floor monitors don’t cover – the HR stage plot only have the front floor monitors – this suggests JK may be able to hear themselves more clearly above everything else

· Also on the JK stage plot, each front mic (VOX or Sax) has two floor monitors either side of the mic rather than just one as seen in the HR stage plot.

· There is even a small notice for ‘all vocals’ on the JK stage plot stating what kind of reverb & delay they use – this would be useful for the sound technician and save the band time when sound checking – there is nothing like this on the HR stage plot

· The drums on the HR stage plot are risen above the normal stage level whereas there is nothing to state the drums being risen on the JK stage plot – a similarity with both drum kits is they both have a side fill monitor by their kit

· With both stage plots the general layout looks very similar – the singers are all at the front, the drums at the back/quite central and then bass & guitars either side

· The amps in both stage plots are all towards the back & facing the audience

· The layouts of both stage plots are quite spread out – everything isn’t all crammed into one tiny part of the stage – they have used up as much stage room as they can

 

“How to” guide: creating a stage plot

· Make it clear who your band consists of – what instruments each person plays & also their names – helpful for the sound technician during sound check to identify people

· Where do you want each person to be on stage? Can you see everyone clearly?

– The lead vocalist would usually be central front with BVs or other guitar’s/keys either side, and the drums central back – do you know if the venue has any things obstructing the view of the stages at certain points? E.g. pillars – Take into consideration when positioning on stage?

– Make sure there is enough space for each person and their instruments – well-spaced out – not too crammed together – for safety and aesthetics

· How many mics and amps do you need? Where do you want them to be? (Usually a microphone is drawn on a stage plot by putting an X within a circle & an amp is represented with a rectangle).

– Will you need a mic stand for each mic? – probably a good idea

– Will you need a different type of mic for different things?

– What mic positioning will get the best sound quality?

– Will you need to mic up any of the amps?

· How many monitors will be needed?

– The drummer usually needs some kind of side fill monitor or floor monitor to hear everyone else’s parts

– The rest of the band also needed to be able to hear themselves however much they want – can each band member hear through a monitor?

– There are usually a few wedges in front of the vocalists so they can hear, and some side fills will probably be needed if there is a bassist and guitarist (wedges are usually represented by triangles on a stage plot but some monitors are represented by rectangles).

· Do you need anything else?

– Sometimes the drums are risen above the normal stage level on a small platform

– How many DI’s are needed?

– Do you have any particular guidelines for vocals? Just to help the sound technician? E.g. warm room reverb

· Make sure everything is as clear as possible – labelled correctly – with the correct information (names, equipment, what mic needed, what each mic is for – lead, BVs, how many DI’s?)

· Try and make it look professional – people are more likely to take you seriously & may find your stage plan easier to follow

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