Often we are
asked: "How should we arrange the inputs on our console?"
This is a good question. It shows that someone is thinking.
It has always been difficult for my brain to wrap around mixing on a system
that has the various instrument and vocal channels assigned randomly across
the console. Some situation tend to be based upon the
stage layout, left to right from the control booth location.
Some situations tend to be much more flexible, but lack any plan or
One aspect to
consider is, how many different operators did to use this system. If
the church has a team of several operators, it is important to make
sure everyone can easily work with the arrangements. If only one
operator is regularly seated at the desk, it is important to consider
how a substitute would fare should the primary operator be unavailable.
Consistency is always advisable.
The answer is
actually quite simple. Arrange your inputs to accommodate how
you want to use the console. This tends to raise the
second question: "How do we want to use the console?"
Yes, there is a potential problem arising. Let's consider
some mixing philosophy.
Often we will
arrange stage inputs and console layouts so that the main podium microphone
and primary wireless preaching microphone are positioned very close to the
master section of the console. This helps to keep the more
critical controls quick and easy to find and adjust.
common sense is helpful to arrange instrument and vocal inputs for musical
presentations. Our experience in the recording studio has shown
that a regular input arrangement helps to speed up sound checks and live
Here is an
example of a worship team arrangement, from a church we recently assisted
with an upgrade to their system. They had been patching in what
appeared an random order.
3. High Hat
4. Tom One
5. Tom Two
6. Tom Three
7. Drum Overhead Left
8. Drum Overhead Right
9. Bass Guitar
10. Electric Guitar Direct Box
11. Electric Guitar
12. Acoustic Guitar
13. Acoustic Piano High
14. Acoustic Piano Low
15. Keyboard Left Output
16. Keyboard Right Output
17. Vocal One
18. Vocal Two
19. Vocal Three
20. Vocal Four
21. Worship Leader
exactly the same layout, we would have used for a recording session.
Once you have used this pattern in one scenario, it easily becomes a
standard for any scenario. It reduced very easily into
DRUMS, GUITARS, KEYS, VOCALS.
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