Performer: Franck Martin (FM)
Genre: Avant-Guarde, Experimental, Dark Ambient
Instrument: Quadraphonic Modular Synthesizer
Sound Environment: the public should be listening to the performance, if there is noise or chatter, like in a bar environment, inform the performer as an appropriate style of music is needed.
Sound Level: Not exceeding 80dB from the performance location
4 speakers form a square. There is a table in the middle from where the performance is done. The speakers should have a field of 90 degrees or more, as for the sound to cover the other speakers.
The public is between the speakers and the performer. They can be seated or standing.
The event organizer must provide an adequate space for this layout.
The event organizer provides the following:
- A suitable space as described in the performance layout
- A power socket in the middle of the square layout - 110V or 220V - Only one socket is needed, I use my own protected power strip to power all my equipment. It saved my equipment.
- A table of at least 24"D x 48" W x 30" H placed in the middle of the speakers
- 4 powered speakers on stands
- connections ending as TRS 1/4" to the table (balanced outputs)
- speaker nominal coverage angle of more than 90 degrees to cover the other speakers.
- good bass response, if a subwoofer is needed then there must be one subwoofer for each speaker.
- height at head level of the performer
- Example: 4 x QSC K8.2 powered speakers on stands (nominal coverage angle is 105 degrees)
- Cable management so the public does not trip on any of the cables on the floor.
- Monitors: Monitors can be used if the location of the performance is not within the speakers for the public. In that case monitors must reflect as much as possible the location of the public speakers. There should be 4 monitors. Because quadraphonic does not work with in-ear monitors, it is important for the performer to be well situated and be as much in the listening conditions of the public.
Once everything is setup and connected, the main purpose of the sound check is to ensure the sound is sent to the right speakers. A generic sound is sent to each speaker, and the volume adjusted so each speaker output is equivalent. I usually use the Intellijel Planar II with its joystick (see EuroQuad ) to control the sound and ensure it is assigned correctly to each speaker and each speaker has the same output volume.
In this video you can see a full equipment set. The public is around the performer and the speakers, while not very visible are behind the public.
This is a 360 video, so please use your pointer to "scroll" around.
franck at peachymango.org