Sound Testing For Singers

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How sound testing works and how to behave as singers

Sound Testing for Singers: The difference between being happy or not with your sound during a performance. Sound testing is the time to decide on your levels, correct any microphone technique, hearing yourself through the monitors and mentally warm up.

Sound Testing

Arrive on Time for your Sound Testing

First things first; a sound engineer and or stage manager is not going to be impressed if someone uses up there precious little time by running in late, scrambling around their instrument cases and tuning up on stage so make sure you turn up on time for your sound testing!

HOT TIP! Be early and introduce yourself politely to the sound engineer and/or stage manager during the sound testing when appropriate and maybe offer to buy him/her a drink (optional).

If the offer of a drink is not accepted just tell them where you will be and inform them you will be ready when they are, selecting a place out of their way but in their eye line.

Be Prepared 

As well as being on time for your sound testing, make sure you are tuned up if you have an instrument or have completed a vocal warm up at least.

Ahead of the day make sure all your equipment is reliable and works and you have spare batteries and leads if applicable. Be ready for a quick switchover between acts and you’ll look good if you’re prepared.

Sound Testing For Singers

Be Honest

The whole point of sound testing is to correctly set up the levels in the venue and that includes the (fold back) monitors that you will be hearing during the performance. Be honest with the engineers if you’d like your vocals louder or your guitar with an EQ boost. Always make requests in a polite manner.

Don’t Hold Back

As mentioned before, the idea of sound testing for singers is to set up levels so if you’re holding back and not playing or singing as loud as you would do in the actual performance, otherwise it becomes pointless to a degree.

A lot of venues have digital desks so they can automatically store your settings. It doesn’t make sense to store it all and then have the sound engineer re-adjust when you come out hitting notes twice as loud as the first time.

HOT TIP! Be courteous to other acts during sound testing. Showing politeness is number one on the rules of how to become a professional singer. After all, everyone is in the same boat.