The Technical Requirements

Regardless of the type of music, the genre, the style… after having the product prepared and starting the project of doing a concert, The way in which the musical message is going to reach the public must be considered. In this aspect, the technical requirements are very important.

When the above is clear, everything is recorded in a document called Technical Pilot or technical guide ( tech Rider ), which must contain everything related to audio, lighting, stage, logistics, work equipment, and infrastructure.

Technical pilot (Tech Rider)

Stage plot:  it is the layout or map of the distribution of the elements of the stage, and it is customary to make one that reports on sound and includes the distribution of instruments, monitors, tables, chairs, and electrical points, and it is also customary to make another with a similar layout separate for the lights.

Input patch list: is the list of microphones and channels and the sends that each one will have to processors. It also includes the type of bases and monitors. While the Stage plot is logistical, the input list is the guide for the sound engineers. Roadie: includes production and scene managers, lighting managers, those in charge of setting up the instruments on stage, pyrotechnicians, and security guards, among others.

Crew list: The work team involved in the development of the show that is recommended to be listed in a list specifying their function and identification. It is also related to the person who fulfills the function of testing the instruments and setting them up.

Roaming list: mentions the type of accommodation requirements for collaborators for musicians.

Flying list: Refers to the list where the needs of air transport and its characteristics are related. In the case where the movements are not by air, a section is created where the transport required by land is listed.

In a concert, no matter how small or complex it may be, there are no rules when it comes to putting on a good show; the key is communication between all the people involved from the administrative, logistical, and musical aspects.

Backline: includes the technical requirements for musicians on stage, bass amplifiers, guitar amplifiers, pedalboards, electrical outlets, extension cords necessary for electrical power, instruments such as drums, and instrument stands. Lecterns, tables, chairs.

Frontline: Refers to what is known by the acronym “PA” ( Public Address System ), which includes the specification of everything required to direct the sound to the public. So the line that separates the backline from the frontline begins with the microphones, the polarity required in each of them, the mixing console, having clarity about how many channels are needed, what type of dynamic or timing processor functions are needed. , what type of monitoring and the sound field is required for spectators or amplification in general.

The difference from hearing live

And these emotions become more or less intense depending on the place and how we listen to the music. In the words of Nithcel: “Sometimes we can listen to music and do other things at the same time, like walking or working, but when we go to see a play, for example, or see an orchestra, we are in that environment exclusively watching and listening.” what they are presenting to us. This situation leads the brain to pay more attention to that situation, which increases if, for example, we are going to see a person we know or if we like that work. In short, our emotions become more intense.”

And what happens when the roles are reversed? How intense are the emotions of a musician when they play their instrument in front of an audience? At this point, the professional also answers from her experience on stage, emphasizing the importance of the process prior to any presentation.

“The process of playing an instrument is not only that you like music, but it also comes from a whole process of learning, motivation, perseverance, trial and error. Maybe from falling and getting up, from rehearsing over and over again, then, it’s also like the point where we say I finally made it. So there emerges this pleasure, in the case of people who are not afraid to present their musical skills to other people: a feeling of achievement when it is recognized that you have done well.

The Technical Requirements