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when to delay FOH
i've been turning this question over in my mind planning a big mixed school concert next week (Zimbe)
A main adult & upper school choir (100+) on risers will have in front of them 250+ young children and a Jazz band. There will be solos from a number of timid youngsters to the front of the affair.
Originally i was to simply record the concert. I have been asked to provide P.A. reinforcement to the main choir & the soloists.
There are fire exits down either side & adjacent to the main choir. I will be splitting signals to recorders and FOH desk.
If i have to place FOH speakers well foward from the choir (fire exits)...when do i start considering FOH delay?
The soloists may well be closer (horizontal) to the speakers then!
Is it maths simply?
there will be little/no time for major experiment.
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So, if the speakers end up more than about 20 feet in front of the performers, dial in the appropriate delay, and err on the side of slightly longer than the maths dictates. In practice, just dial up the delay until your brain recognises the stage sound as being the focus.
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