What equipment will I need to bring?

The written contract and rental agreement we have with each venue ensures that they will provide a full PA system and a qualified sound technician that is on staff for that venue or has done work at that venue before. You will never have to bring your own sound person or PA system for our shows. What you need to bring can vary based on what genre of artist you are so please look below for more information on what to bring specific to your genre. Also note, the sound specs for each venue can vary, so email your Booking Rep if you have any detailed sound questions pertaining to a certain venue that we offer you.

IF YOU ARE A BAND…

The venue will provide:

– The PA System
– The Sound Person
– Vocal Microphones
– Drum and Amp Mics (if needed for the size of the room)
– Mic Cables
– Monitors
– Mic stands

You are responsible to bring (unless instructed otherwise, for a specific venue):

– All of your own instruments
– Instrument cables
– Amps & cabinets
– Drums, Cymbals, and Hardware

Policy on Sharing Gear: Always bring all of your own instruments, instrument cables, amps, cabinets, drums, cymbals, and hardware to the show. If, once you arrive for artist load-in/check-in, you want to ask other acts if they can share gear with you that is fine. You can always leave gear in the car if you don’t end up using it. This way you always have what you need, even if other acts cannot or will not share gear with you.

IF YOU ARE A HIP HOP/RAP ACT...

The Venue provides their FOH Sound Tech. They will run and setup the venue’s in-house PA System, mic stands, wired microphones, perform all mic and backtrack level checks, and play music in between sets. There will NOT be a resident DJ. Instead we have hired a more qualified Sound Tech that each venue uses for all of their events.

Each artist/group will introduce themselves once they go onstage.
(Optional) – You can bring your own DJ if you want or need to. You can also bring a song mix to be played in between sets if you have a good one. IF you want to Host/MC the event, email me to arrange that.
The house Sound Tech will be running sound for this Afton event.

BACKTRACKS FORMAT FOR HIP HOP/R&B ACTS
For playback of artist backtracks, we now require artists to use portable audio players (phones, tablets, music players, etc) to plug into the sound system (INSTEAD OF CDs) using a standard headphone cable. This is because many venues are “phasing out” CD Players and may no longer have one at the club. You can bring CD Backtracks as a SECONDARY BACKUP, and can use them if the venue has a CD Player.
*IF you use your phone as your portable audio player for backtracks make sure to put it on Airplane mode! Need to make sure your phone won’t ring or vibrate during your performance.
*Do not bring thumb drives or flash drives either, many venues are not setup to accommodate these devices.

But it is no longer guaranteed that every Afton venue will have a CD Player, so it is crucial that you bring a portable audio player with your backtracks to the show.

You are responsible to bring:
– A portable audio player that is ready to playback your backtracks/beats into the PA system!
– You own turntables (if you use them)

IMPORTANT: Regarding Your Backtrack Audio Player
Please consider all of the following regarding preparing to playback your backtracks/beats from your own device (which you are required to have ready and bring to the event), into the venue’s PA system:

  • Can be an iPod, smartphone, tablet, or any other device that can play your tracks out to a standard 1/8″ (3.5mm) headphone jack.
  • Make sure your tracks are pre-loaded onto the device (locally, not streaming from the Internet), in the correct order (in a pre-arranged playlist).
  • Your playlist of backtracks/beats needs to be able to play continuously during your set (without skipping/pausing/etc), so make sure your tracks have the right timing — including any gaps between tracks that you want (you can put in a silent track between any songs you want a break between, during your set).
  • Make sure your playback device’s battery is fully charged before you start, and bring a power/charging cable and wall adapter (just in case).
  • If you have one or can borrow one, we recommend brining a 2nd device that’s also ready to be used (including all of the above criteria), as a backup.
  • You can also bring a burned CD of your backtracks, as a second backup, since most venues can play CDs (although not necessarily all of them).

In most cases, you will be able plug in your portable audio player on the stage, so you can cue the start of your set, skip songs if desired, etc.

In some cases though, the venue may require you to plug in the device at the sound booth/board, and the sound tech will start your set by hitting play.  In this case, you may not get the option to skip songs or pause, so please make sure you have your tracks in the right order, and with the right timing, for your set to play through from start to finish without any skipping/stopping!

 

IF YOU ARE AN ELECTRONIC/DJ ACT

The venue will provide:

– The PA System
– The Sound Person
– Vocal Microphones
– Mic Cables
– Monitors
– Mic stands

You are responsible to bring:

– Your Own MIDI Controller (if you use one)
– Your Own Turntables (if you use them)
– Your Own Laptop (if you use one)
– Any cables or adapters you need to hook your equipment into the system via XLR or 1/4″ jacks
– Any other equipment or cables/cords/hook ups you normally gig with

IMPORTANT: Regarding Your Electronic/DJ Equipment
The venue will have a standard multi-channel sound board that is setup to accommodate full bands and live hip hop acts. You will need to bring whatever cables, cords, plug ins, etc. that you would need to hook your gear into a standard sound board. If you have specific concerns about this please contact the venue or your Booking Rep. You may also want to bring a table to put your gear on IF you have a specific table or setup you prefer to gig with. The venues normally have tables but they may be a height or size that is not to your liking.

Policy on Sharing Gear: Always bring the items listed above in the “You are responsible to bring” section. Once you arrive for the show you are welcome to share gear with other acts/DJ’s, or use their gear, if you want to work that out with them. But you must bring the gear you need in case acts are not willing to share, or in case an act cancels or has an emergency. The last thing we need is for one DJ to be in charge of an important piece of equipment and then somehow not show up. Bring all of the gear you need, you can always leave it in your car and not use it if you end up deciding to share gear with another act/DJ once you arrive at the venue.

IF YOU ARE A SOLO/ACOUSTIC ACT…

The venue will provide:

– The PA System
– The Sound Person
– Vocal Microphones
– Mic Cables
– Monitors
– Mic stands

You are responsible to bring:

– All of your own instruments
– Instrument cables (if needed)
– Amps & cabinets (if needed)
– Any drum/percussion equipment needed

YOUR OPTIONS FOR ACOUSTIC GUITARS:
For acoustic guitars, you’ve got several options. Whichever works best for you is fine. Below is a description of each, what to bring for each, and any disadvantages for that particular option.

1. Bringing an AMP that will be mic’ed through the PA System
This is recommended, because you have complete control over what your guitar sounds like with your amp settings. Then the sound person will just mic up your amp through the PA System. If you do not have an amp, that is fine there are other options below.

2. Mic’ing up your Acoustic Guitar through the PA System
You can just have a microphone set up onstage that you stand/sit next to that mics your acoustic guitar. The only disadvantage to this is that you are “glued” to that one spot because if you move the microphone won’t pick up what you are playing as well.

3. Plugging in Direct through the PA System
You can plug your acoustic guitar “direct” into the PA System. However to do this you need to have either a guitar pickup, or a 1/4″ jack with acoustic pickup built into the guitar. The majority of the clubs we work with have Direct Boxes at the venue, but you may want to bring your own Direct Box if you choose to do this just to be safe.