Neatness counts, and a well set up stage goes a long way not only towards the aesthetic of your space but also the functionality and reliability of your system. Let’s talk briefly about microphone stands and cable runs on your stage!
Treat your microphone stand well. Loosen any chuck or pivot before moving it. Do
not force the stand! Forcing the stands cause premature failure of the stands and
also cause annoying creaks that transmit themselves into the rest of the sound
When using a tripod base microphone with a boom arm on it, always keep one of
the three legs directly under the microphone. This will allow you a more stable
stand, as it moves the fulcrum of the stand closer to the weight of the microphone.
Start your cable runs at the snake box, floor pocket, or wall. Any excess cable should be neatly coiled at the base of the microphone stand where it is plugged in.
Excess cable coiled at the wall, or snake box can cause a ‘giant knot of cable’, as it can tangle with other cables also coiled there. This can seriously impede troubleshooting or changes made to the stage setup.
Excess cable coiled at the base of the microphone allows one to easily move the microphone stand if needed, as the excess cable should easily unroll.
Excess cable at the base of a microphone stand should be laid in a manner that it will uncoil neatly without any knots. Each coil has a top and bottom, the top being the side of the coil that the microphone is plugged into.
Cables should be run in a manner that they will not be tripped on by musicians or others involved in worship. If it is necessary, daisy chain cables, one to the next, creating longer cable runs.
For more help wrapping cables properly so that they unwrap beautifully, see the Pro Audio Secret Handshake…