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tc7
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United States

Apr 18th, 2008 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check-heard it
Test-heard it

Any body hear or use anything wacky and out the box? What do you say to test the PA?

silverface68
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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Apr 18th, 2008 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will the owner of the purple 1971 AMC Gremlin please move your vehicle? Jumper cables are available from behind the bar............(or some such lunacy)

Macman

Central NY

Apr 19th, 2008 03:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not testing to see if it's turned on, but rather to check the EQ and the qualities of the system. I usually sing a few lines from a song, or a couple of scales, that test the frequency response through my vocal range, while modulating volume and distance from the mike.

Then, when the other guys go "check check" I say "cash cash".

Mac

tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

Apr 19th, 2008 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess I never can tell which threads will go and with threads will just sit there... maybe I'll get better with practice.

Of course the problem with admitting this is it bounces my failed thread right back up there.

(Edited for spelling...)

(This message was last edited by tc7 at 10:32 AM, Apr 20th, 2008)

silverface68
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usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Apr 19th, 2008 11:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We need all the attention we can get on this forum tc7, keep plugging away!!!

balzakjeff
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UP Michigan

teaching an old dog new tricks
Apr 20th, 2008 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tc7,

The "pros" I work with use various things like tongue clicks and "hey hey" (sitting at FOH with mic). Usually they're playing with things like reverb, delay, comps and other vocal effects and trying to hear what is happening.

Other things I've done on stage are "cupping" the mic (looking for feedback frequencies) and just generally talking at a projected voice ("test 1, 2, 3") to get volume settings.

But, if I'm sitting at FOH and your on stage, what I usually want is for you to sing at concert volume.

Cheers,
Jeff


tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

Apr 20th, 2008 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

balzakjeff,

All right!!! Cool answer... Thanks

D Rogue
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Hollister, CA

Is it supposed to make that sound?
Apr 22nd, 2008 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I say "tickles" when we do our sound check. However, it only works when we're doing the sound check with one of our (female) singers.

As soon as one of the gals says "test" I immediately follow it with "tickles" and repeat as required until someone gets it.




Really, I do ;^)

JimmeR
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I'm a strummer not a picker
Apr 22nd, 2008 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D Rogue, along those lines, I had a BIL that used to say "Testes 1,2,3" when doing a mic check.

(This message was last edited by JimmeR at 12:46 PM, Apr 22nd, 2008)

tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

Apr 23rd, 2008 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now were gettin' somewhere!!

shakeys gone
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australia

oh baby
Apr 24th, 2008 12:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Check...Cash...Finance company"

Nobody laughs!

tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

Apr 24th, 2008 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm laughin' Buhwahahahaaa

Keep 'em comin'...

davywhizz

Redesdale UK

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Apr 25th, 2008 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

But seriously............I read somewhere that "one two check" is done for a reason - "one" for the bass eq, "two" for the mids and "check" for the highs.

shunka
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Willoughby, OH , USA

Arrogant ho
Apr 26th, 2008 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Check" and other sibilant sounds are good for the highs. The percusiive T of "two" as well as "p" sounds probably are an indicator of mic sensitivity.

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Canerduh.

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Apr 26th, 2008 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use this one.

"Ten dwarves took turns, doing handstands on the carpet."



tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

Apr 27th, 2008 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The beauty of that one Jon965 is that it not only checks the PA, but it checks to see if anyone in the audience is under the influence of psycho-delics.

KD2
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KDakaWalt
May 4th, 2008 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm not the fig plucker. I'm the fig plucker's son. But I'll pluck the figs til the fig plucker comes."

Hint - do not say this after one or two drinks. It comes out all wrong.

IMHO It really won't matter much until people sing the way they sing when everything is up and on. I like checking the PA by doing a song with the entire band. Preferably one that starts out with just the rhythm section and adds instruments and vocals as it progresses. Have each section last long enough to play with the dials if required.


tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

May 4th, 2008 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm not the fig plucker. I'm the fig plucker's son. But I'll pluck the figs til the fig plucker comes."

Mentioning fruit that much is probably not appropriate for some of the place I've played. :-p

tc7
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Richardson, TX USA

May 12th, 2008 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How many sound men does it take to screw in a light bulb?

One Twoooo. One Twooooo. One. One. One Twooooo.

chrisrussell

UK/Manchester

May 16th, 2008 04:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tend to sing extended words adding as much bass or treble in my voice so the sound guy can balance with eq.

then I go "MAAAAAAAAA!"

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