Audio is quite simple when you put everything together. The cables are gendered. This means you have an input (female) when the sound travels into one end of the cable and an output (male) where the sound travels out. An input cable would connect to and input and vice versa. As part of the Audio there is a mixing desk which controls the volume, bass and quality of the sound for a single point which makes overviewing the Audio for any production simpler than having is from various points around the venue.
(Figure 1-Expert Village 2008 – How to tape down cables safely)
With audio comes complex wiring and cabling systems. To make sure that the wires/cables on the stage don’t turn into a safety hazard and to prevent accidents and injuring it is recommended that all cables are taped down. This is a safety precaution put in place to keep everyone safe, people attending a venue as well as people running it.
(figure 2 (Audio, 2015) A tech spec)
Figure 2 is an example of a tech spec, it “is a document outlining all the necessary technical information of a facility or band” (bunting:2015) before a band preforms they will need to send the venue or organization a tech spec, this will inform the technicians where to set everything up. Click here to learn how to fill one out.
When working in this line of work it is useful to know to coil a cable, this video shows you how you can do it.
(Figure 3-Shop Talk Production 2010- How to coil a cable)
A common hazard with working with audio and loud music is a long term impact on hearing which can result in hearing loss. To help prevent this from happening you can you can take some of the following precautions:
- Wear ear protection e.g. ear plugs
- Ensure your ear protection is effective and kept up to date
- Report any problems
- If possible, take a break from consistent noise over long periods of time
Audio, T. P. (2015) How to write a band technical specification. Available at: http://totalproaudio.stevebunting.com/12/paperwork/how-to-write-a-band-technical-specification/ (Accessed: 9 November 2015).
Noise (2014) Available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/noise.htm (Accessed: 9 November 2015).
Noise: Worried about your hearing? (2015) Available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/worried.htm#protect (Accessed: 9 November 2015).
Figure 1 – expert village (2008) How to set up a PA System: PA System set up: Taping cables. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1e-zO8mZ4c (Accessed: 9 November 2015).
Figure 2- Audio, T. P. (2015) How to write a band technical specification. Available at: http://totalproaudio.stevebunting.com/12/paperwork/how-to-write-a-band-technical-specification/ (Accessed: 9 November 2015).
Figure 3- Pamela Nebeker (2010) How to wrap a video cable properly!. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-74OEVUOKOw (Accessed: 9 November 2015).