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Audio Board Instructions
The first thing that the Audio Tech will do is turn in the equipment.
The second thing the Audio Tech will do is mic the talent.
1) Find the mics in the short beige cabinet in the corner of the control room.
2) After you have selected the mics that you would like to use for the shoot, you will need to take them out to the studio and plug them in.
3) To plug the mics in you will need to find the XLR cables. The XLR cables are located in the far left corner of the studio, inside Steve’s closet. TOUCH NOTHING in the closet except for the XLR cables which are marked.
4) There are wall jacks for the XLR cables that connect the studio’s audio with the Audio Board in the control room. When connecting the XLR cables to the wall connector, it is important to use the wall connector which is closest to the microphone placement. There is one wall jack on the left side of the studio, and one on the right side of the studio. The Left side of the studio has channels 1 – 6 , and the box on the right side of the studio holds channels 7 – 12. These numbers correspond with different channels on the audio board. Remember which XLR channel you plugged your mic into.
NOTE: When using the shotgun mics you will need to make sure they are turned on. Because the mics are German made, the word for “on” is spelled Ein.
Now that you have plugged in the mics, you are able to control them from the audio board in the control room.
Along the bottom of the Audio board there is a long strip of tape with labels that corresponds to all the possible audio sources. On the far left it says MIC for microphone. Next is a series of numbers, one through twelve, which correspond to the microphone XLR connections in the studio.
Let’s say that you have a shotgun mic connected to channel six in the studio.
In order to hear the mic, push the fader bar 6 up until the black line on the fader is aligned with the U. If you cannot hear the audio, the mute button might be selected. The mute button is located directly above the fader, and is labeled with the same number as that found on the white strip beneath the fader. When the mute button is pushed in, the light above it turns orange. This means the mic is muted. To un-mute the mic, deselect the mute button. If you still cannot hear the audio, the problem could be with the “MIX out” Fader bar. The “Mix out” fader bar is the furthest right fader on the audio board. Push the Mix out fader bar up until the black line on the fader is aligned with the U.
Repeat this with every audio source that is connected to the audio board that you would like to use.
Important: For all of the mic channels, the grey button labeled “1-2”, must be in the pushed down position. This button in located just above the U line in the each fader sections.
Taking Test and Tone
When taking the test and tone during a production you are responsible for making sure that all meters are at zero or correctly calibrated. When the assistant director commands, “Take Test and Tone”, you will need to locate and ride the “Tone” fader bar until the needle in the meter window points to zero, or the digital read-out is at Zero. The needle Meter window is in the upper right hand corner of the audio board.
Using the iMac to access music or special SFX.
1) Find the iMac keyboard and mouse which should be located in front of the Audio Board
2) Using the mouse, double click the iTunes icon.
3) Double-click the library folder. You will see a list of music and SFX that you can use for your project, which are royalty free.
4) Select a sound bite that you would like to use.
5) In order to play the music or sound effect that you have selected, click the play button in the upper left corner of the iTunes or double click the selection.
6) Make sure that the faders for the iMac, which are located towards the right side of the audio board, are pushed up and not muted.
To the right of the audio board there is a rack that holds the CD player, the Mini Disc Player and the Intercom used to communicate with the director.
To use the CD or Mini-Disc players, which are located in the rack to the right of the Audio Board, you will need to have each of their faders pushed up.
1) The CD player in the lowest piece of equipment in the rack next to the Audio board.
2) First you will need to turn the CD player on. The power button is located on the left hand side of the CD player.
3) To play a CD, first you will need to insert a CD. Push the Open/Close button, a tray will open where you will place the CD. Not a cup holder. Push the Open/Close button again to close the tray.
4) After you have cued up the music you will need to select the Ready Button. It is located just to the left of the Play Button. The ready button pauses the music and is now ready to play whenever you select the play button again.
5) Make sure that the faders for the CD player on the audio board are down if you want to fade in the music. If you would like the music to start loud, make sure to test the levels before the production.
Mini-Disc (MD) Player
1) The MD player in the second lowest piece of equipment in the rack next to the Audio board.
2) You will need to turn the MD player on. The power button is located on the left hand side of the MD player.
3) To play a MD, first you will need to insert a MD. There is a slot to the right of the power button where you will insert the MD. If you would like to remove the MD you will need to press the “Eject” Key, which is located just below the MD slot.
4) After you have cued up the music you will need to select the “II” (pause) Button. It is located near the Play Button.
5) Make sure that the faders for the MD player on the audio board are down if you want to fade in the music. If you would like the music to start loud, make sure to test the levels before the production.
How to use the Intercom system
1) The intercom system is located in the rack to the right of the audio board. It is the white piece of equipment with a microphone extending out.
2) You will need to make sure that both the “Panel Mic” button and the “SPKR ON” button are pressed in.
3) Also you will need to make sure that the Volume knob is turned up about half way so you can hear the director.
4) When you would like to speak, you will need to push in and hold the “Mic On” Button.