If you're using a loudspeaker or PA system for the first time, these tips and tricks can help you learn to operate your equipment properly while getting the most out of its features. Keep the following in mind when setting up, using and disassembling your speakers and their accessories:
Make sure that the power is the last thing you turn on after setting up and the first thing you turn off before shutting down. This can help prevent unwanted noise and damage to your system.
When setting up speakers on a stage, place them in an arc-like configuration. This can help widen your sound dispersion and coverage area.
Always make sure that you test your equipment before the event starts. You don’t want to discover that a cable is incorrectly connected while your entire audience looks on.
Try to avoid using silver-colored tape when securing your system. Many types of silver tape are made with a layer of electrically conductive aluminum that can increase interference or unwanted coupling between cables.
When packing up your cables, wrap them in a figure eight-shaped coil rather than around your elbow. This can maximize their longevity and prevent damage.
Make sure to keep all food and beverages away from your equipment at all times. This can go a long way towards preventing accidental damage, especially to slot and slider controls.
If possible, visit and check out your venue ahead of time to make sure you have access to the correct type of power source if you’re using a loudspeaker or PA system that needs plugging in.