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The Cantrells require a
simple P.A. system. If this technical information is confusing, call Al Cantrell and discuss your P.A. system - what you have
is probably fine.
The Cantrells are 2 musicians,
standing up and playing into 5 mics: Emily sings and plays guitar, standing to Al's left, Al sings and plays fiddle and mandolin,
standing to Emily's right. If there is a piano on stage, Emily might play it on one instrumental tune. A piano is NOT required.
The chairs and stool are for holding instruments, water (no ice), etc.
SOUND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
5 mics (2 vocal mics, 3
5 boom mic stands or equivalent
(see below, "boom stand options")
2 monitor speakers, preferably
sidefill, at ear level (5'-8" (68") high to top of monitor)
5 channel microphone mixer
(with separate tone controls for each channel)
Amplifier for 2 main speakers
Amplifier for monitor speakers,
with independent volume control for monitors
MIC POSITIONS ON STAGE,
facing the audience from left to right:
Emily's vocal mic, Emily's
guitar mic, Al's fiddle mic (center stage), Al's vocal mic, Al's mandolin mic. The Cantrells stand while performing.
The Cantrells usually carry
a condenser mic in the fiddle case (Sennheiser ME 40) which at their option they use for the guitar, replacing one of the
three instrument mics above. However, the mic cord, boom stand and standard Shure mic clip for this mic must be provided by
the presenter. Phantom power should be turned on.
STAGE SET-UP REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum stage area: 12'
wide x 8' deep.
4 chairs with no arms (3
to hold Al's instrument cases, 1 to hold water. 2 benches and a stool are o.k.)
2 glasses or bottles of
water with no ice, preferably room temperature.
STAGE LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS:
Basic lighting so that
stage area can be light while the audience area is dark. White stage lights are fine, the brighter the better.
Leave both the fiddle and
mandolin mics on at all times.
Give the guitar plenty
of volume. The Sennheiser condenser mic can be very loud without feedback. Sometimes it needs a little treble added and bass
Al's vocal mic: roll off
some bass, add some treble
"SOUND CHECK TIME" MEANS
THE TIME THE SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY SET UP AND WORKING:
Please schedule sound check
as follows: PA and lighting should be assembled and working at least one hour before the doors open, so that at least one
hour is allowed for sound check. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE CANTRELLS to schedule sound check at (615) 292-1954
thecantrells at yahoo dot
YOU'RE DONE. END OF
IMPORTANT STUFF! - UNLESS THE CONCERT IS OUTDOORS, THEN:
AC power must be GFCI protected.
If stage is cement, a rubber
pad or rug to stand on would be greatly appreciated.
The Cantrells need to know
in advance if the stage will be in direct sunlight during their performance or soundcheck.
NOW YOU'RE REALLY DONE! END OF ALL IMPORTANT STUFF!
FROME HERE ON ARE "PREFERENCES" and further explanation of the above.
SOUND SYSTEM / STAGE PREFERENCES:
(although the following are preferences, The Cantrells would appreciate advance notice if they are beyond your capacity)
2 SIDE-FILL monitors, INSTEAD
OF FLOOR MONITORS, on speaker stands to raise tops of monitor speakers 5'-8" (68") high*. The Cantrells SOMETIMES travel with
their own pair of sidefill monitors.)
IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTIES
WITH WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR, HERE ARE OPTIONS!:
SIDE-FILL MONITOR OPTIONS:
Small PA speakers (with
4" to 12" woofers, such as the ElectroVoice Entertainer speakers or Bose speakers) work fine. The Cantrells own 2 Peavy "Satellite
Triflex" PA speakers with 8" woofers; they sometimes carry these if traveling by car, and with advance notice they can usually
BOOM STAND OPTIONS:
"Gooseneck" mic stands
and small clamp-on mic holders or straight stands can take the place of boom stands, as follows: guitar and mandolin mics
can be on clip-on holders or straight stands. Gooseneck mic stands for fiddle and Al's vocal must be 18". If you have only
one boom stand, put it on the fiddle mic.
STAGE SIZE OPTIONS:
Smaller stages can be used
by putting the monitors or mic stands on the floor rather than on the stage, if the stage isn't very high.
*Why side-fill monitors
instead of floor monitors?:
Many acoustic musicians
use contact pickups on their instruments to hear themselves and avoid feedback. The Cantrells prefer the sound of mics. Arranging
in advance for side-fill monitors takes the place of dealing with D.I. boxes and outboard equipment racks during stage set-up.
VERY HIGH QUALITY floor
monitors are adequate, but small, raised side-fill monitors have advantages: (1) monitor volume can be lower so the house
sound is clearer; (2)there is less feedback because monitors at ear-level are closer to the vocal mics than the hotter, more
sensitive instrument mics.
IF THERE IS NO SOUND PERSON:
The Cantrells prefer that
there be a sound person present during the performance. IF THERE IS NO SOUND PERSON, then the mixing board should be positioned
on stage, to the right of Al's mandolin mic so Al can reach the controls easily during the performance.
IF THE CANTRELLS ARE SETTING
UP THE PA SYSTEM, then they will need to start TWO hours before the doors open.
THE MOST COMMON AREAS OF
1. These technical requirements
are not complicated and shouldn't require a great expense. Call or email Al Cantrell before you spend extra money for equipment
rental. The Cantrells might be able to bring whatever you don't have already.
2. "Sound check time" is
when everything is plugged in and working, not when the PA arrives to be unloaded!
3. Only 2 monitor speakers
are needed, not 4. Side fill monitors are preferred INSTEAD of floor monitors, not in addition.
4. 2 monitors are REQUIRED,
no matter how small the room. One isn't enough.
5. The condenser mic on
the guitar isn't going to cause extra feedback. The Cantrells use the Sennheiser ME 40 because it is able to be louder than
dynamic mics without feedback.
6. Some of the above are
described as PREFERENCES rather than REQUIREMENTS, but The Cantrells would like to be notified in advance which preferences
will not be provided.
Any questions? Call or
email Al Cantrell: (615)292-1954 or their cell number is on the contract. email at: thecantrells at yahoo