Marquee PA System Instructions
The entire PA system powers up, and down, via a single button push. First, locate the white plug unit marked “Bauhn” in the power point beside the PA rack unit. Simply press the button and all of the equipment should switch on.
Please make sure you do not turn on or off any of the individual units in the rack or the desk itself All of this equipment is required to be on for the system to function correctly.
MICROPHONES ARE FOR VOCAL USE ONLY. DO NOT PUT MICROPHONES ON INSTRUMENTS, AMPLIFIERS OR DRUMS!
The Mixing Console
The four microphones (three at the front and one near the drummer) are on the first four channels of the mixing console. These should be set up without needing to do anything other than pressing the mute button to turn them on as needed. (The mute button for each channel is the black button just above the fader. The red light must be off for the channel to work. Please note, the red LED on channel three doesn't work, however the switch does).
Each of these microphones has a compressor, limiter and noise gate inserted. Channels correspond to the layout on the rack compressor. These have been expertly set to suit the PA and the room. Please don't touch them.
All Channels are routed to subgroups 1 & 2 which represents your Main Mix. This is then sent to the red fader that controls the overall volume of the PA. Use this if you feel you need to turn everything down. It is at its best run at about -5 (as seen in the photo). Above that risks feedback.
Aux Send 1 (the first row of white knobs) will send each channel's signal to the drummer's fold back wedge. Careful! This can get very loud very quickly and if misused can cause hearing damage!
There are two reverb units available in the PA. One is in the rack below the compressors and the other is housed within the desk itself. The selections for the types of reverb available on the desk are listed up on the right hand side and are controlled by the two fat knobs directly below. Each channel's Aux Send 4 (the row of red knobs below the white ones) controls how much of that reverb comes from that particular channel.
The Steven reverb is in the rack and fed by Aux Send 3. (and returned on Aux Return 3).
A general rule of thumb is that the mute buttons should be the only things that you need to touch to have great sound. If you are finding that the PA system is not loud enough for your needs, the issue usually lies in the volume of the rest of the instruments in the room, not the PA. The PA system is set up to be right for the environment. Guitar and bass amplifiers, etc should be turned down to a level where the vocals can be properly heard.
All this might seem a little complicated but it really isn't. If you run into problems, refer to the photos and make sure everything looks like that. If you are still having problems, feel free to call our friendly staff and we will help you through it.
Adding additional instruments into the PA
Although the PA system is primarily for vocal use only, we do allow certain instruments to be connected for your convenience. Acoustic guitars, keyboards, electronic drum kits (provided their volume is not excessive) and drum machines may be plugged into line inputs of the mixing console.
Line input ¼” jack sockets can be found on the top of the mixing console below the microphone (XLR) inputs for each channel (channels 5 and 6 The last two channels are stereo and have no XLR connections) . Please make sure that channels are muted and that gain knobs are set to the fully off position before plugging an instrument in and when unplugging.
Once you have plugged in your instrument, un-mute the channel, play the instrument while turning up the volume fader to the unity position. For additional level, now adjust the gain knob upward (slowly) whilst still playing the instrument until the desired volume is reached.
If you are experiencing problems getting sound, check the following:
First, check that the power is on for all units. (everything has a light of some description. If you see something doesn’t have a light on, turn on that unit. Once again, these should be on at the press of the main power button.
Check that the channel’s fader is turned up.
Check that the main mix fader is turned up.
Check that the amplifier’s volume knobs are set to full.
If none of these fix the issue, please feel free to call on one of our friendly staff to help. If there are no staff on site, call the studio number 9905 0010.