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martinjackson
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Needed: A Studio Live 32.4.2AI for dummies. Alright, the for dummies title is owned by somebody else. But here's the problem: Grace Church rotates mixing and setup duties among a number ;of volunteers with varied backgrounds. Musicians also change. So we need printed step by step procedures a newcomer to sound mixing or someone who's been away a long time can follow at a worship practice session and during the service. Cartoon style and cartoon printing would be fine, or loose pages punched for 3-ring binders.

Assume, and tell the reader, that all cabling is correctly placed and some generic scene or scenes are stored which won't quite fit the performers who actually show up.

So the step by step needs to start with where to find the power switch. Then how to identify which instruments and vocals are actually present for this session, how to adjust monitor levels for the musicians on stage, how to set input levels into the mix for the instruments and vocalists present, how to balance instruments against voices, and how to set main speaker levels How to include music from a CD or DVD player. that's already connected before or during a service and how to send the performance to a computer or other recording device.

Finding and using one of the stored scenes needs to be in there somewhere, but as I said, they won't be a perfect fit and perhaps not even a good fit. So the dummy/inexperienced user may well be building a mix almost from scratch. Wit this much instruction even newbies will produce a mix that is alright, and experienced users will be helping them move from OK to good or very good instead of doing rescues.
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The manual you describe is more specific to your installation than a general manual could be. There are several good resources out there. The newest is the StudioLive Mixer Handbook by Bobby Owsinski. Just started perusing it today...
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i would recommend a little 3-4 hour crash course taught by the senior audio guy at the church. just get everyone in at the same time, and get all their hands on the board and show them the basics of bringing up signal, mixing, EQ, compression/limiting, etc so everyone is on the same page... you could print a little step-by-step cheat sheet/signal flow chart to keep at the console to help with on the spot questions or for troubleshooting too.
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^^^ what he said
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mikejantram wrote:i would recommend a little 3-4 hour crash course taught by the senior audio guy at the church. just get everyone in at the same time, and get all their hands on the board and show them the basics of bringing up signal, mixing, EQ, compression/limiting, etc so everyone is on the same page... you could print a little step-by-step cheat sheet/signal flow chart to keep at the console to help with on the spot questions or for troubleshooting too.


Yeppers, pretty much exactly what we did at my church, albeit with the 24.4.2. I would add that it's helpful to use Capture on your worship team ahead of time so you can do some hand's on playing around with a "live" band but not make the band sit around for hours while you're doing it.
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I do see a place for a 'volunteers manual', simply because some learn by seeing, some learn by doing, and some learn by reading. It also provides a safe place for those less confident.

The only problem is that such a manual needs to be just right for the situation at hand, and no two situations are quite the same. Perhaps it is best to make one yourself, cut&pasting from the SL manuals and the manuals of the other equipment your church uses. Very important: spend enough time on the index. A good index makes all the difference!

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martinjackson
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OK, looks from the responses as if I'm going to have to create the document myself. Since I'm a publisher I'll have to step carefully around copyright issues with any cutting and pasting, Probably won't use that route. It needs to short and sweet so it doesn't scare off dance team members playing CD's for a practice when no one else is around, tho;ugh splitting it into different documents for different users might work too.
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im sure there wont be a problem if you copy and paste out of the presonus manual. (particularly for private use) on the other hand, if youre gonna be printing thousands and selling them, you may have issues. but i really doubt presonus would mind you using their material to educate the next generation of engineers.
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