Keyboard Stands (St Silas)

At Silas' hall we have two keyboard X-stands. These stands live behind the main curtain when not in use. Please search there before you start setting up your keyboard.

Newer X stand (standing up to play)

The newer X-stand is recommended for keyboard players who like to stand while playing. The bright chrome adjusting mechanism makes it very easy to alter the keyboard height to suit different players. It's also lighter and easier to move around.


Older X stand (sitting down to play)

The older X-stand is recommended for players who prefer to sit while playing. This 40-yr-old stand is very slow and difficult to adjust. It's also heavier. Something to watch out for: a thoughtfully-placed 'trouser-ripper' cable hook, intended for cables plugged into the rear of the keyboard.

 A seated position makes it easier to use both a damper pedal and a soft pedal for music requiring a more expressive piano ton

Stream iOS Camera Live to TVs

Stream an iPad or iPhone to the televisions in St Silas hall.  Good for live demonstrations, baptism, etc.

Step 1 — Connect device to Wifi

Ensure device is WiFi connected to StHilsNetwork, not StSilasMixer.

Step 2 — Run Reflector 2 on Mac

Finder > Applications > Reflector 2

 Ensure Mac is WiFi connected to StHilsNetwork.

Step 3 — Turn on both televisions

Ensure front television is set to input HDMI 1: ProPresenter

Step 4 — Airplay device to St Silas iMac

On iPad/iPhone, turn on Airplay and mirror device to St Silas iMac.

Swipe up from the bottom middle of the screen. Select AirPlay, then select St Silas iMac and turn Mirroring on.

 Ensure that Reflector is displayed on the secondary monitor feeding to the TVs

Stage reset (St Silas)

For external and outdoor events, we have 9 mic cables so we don't need to rip mic cables in and out of the multicore. These new cables are located in a new labelled tub in the cupboard to the left of the music cupboard (St Silas Music External). The cupboards on the back wall have been rekeyed to the main door key.

Step 1 — Reset stage

Input channels (green numbers in the diagram):
1) Vox 1
2) Vox 2
3) Vox 3
4) Vox 4
5) Guitar (DI)
6) Bass (DI)
7) Keyboard 1 (DI)
8) Keyboard 2 / Organ / Violin / other (DI)

Output channels (light numbers in the diagram):
A) Monitor 1
B) Monitor 2
C) Monitor 3
G) Left send
H) Right send

 Please encourage your team to keep St Silas beautiful!

Step 2 — Pack up

Store excess microphone stands, music stands and instruments/cases on the UPPER STAGE behind fully closed curtains. Storing them against the wall in the hall is not suitable and storing them in the breezeway next to the hall is a safety hazard.

Store microphones and radio/wireless mics in the back music cupboard.

Store iPads in the iPad charging dock in the music cupboard. Please ensure they are put back on to charge.

 Ensure that the music cupboard is locked before you leave.

Keyboard Phase Cancellation fix (St Hils)

The Korg Kronos presents a phase cancellation issue. How this manifests is a thin sounding keyboard that sounds like someone’s running it through a bad telephone speaker.

The problem occurs because the stereo sounds are in different phases in some places in the frequency spectrum, but not all; if it were all, the sound would disappear completely. It would seem that the main place we hear the cancellation is in the lower frequency, leaving the keyboard sounding bodiless.

A quick fix is to unplug one channel of the keyboard – that’s the easiest way to hear the difference – but then you’ve only got one panned channel in the FOH. The better answer is to send only one channel of the stereo keyboard to the foldback, but keep the stereo sound in the FOH. With most of our current setups this is not possible because the keyboard channels are linked – if you send one to foldback you send both.

To unlink piano channels in foldback and send only one channel:

 

Step 1 — Select Channel Job until tab is “CH LINK”

Step 2 — In the lower section of the screen, use the cursor buttons to highlight “MIX SEND”

Step 3 — Hit the ENTER button and the highlighted box will go dark

You have now unlinked the keys (and all the other stereo linked channels) to the foldback and effects sends; you can now individually send left or right (or both – but we’ve gone to a bit of trouble here to avoid that…) to the foldback mixes.

The FOH link is maintained, as is the headamp, dynamics, fader, channel on, mute and EQ links.

This is detailed on page 124 of the LS9 manual if you want to read more about it.

There are other ways of achieving the same result; this one alters your ‘normal’ settings the least.

 This procedure zeroes all of the stereo sends to both foldback and effects, so make sure you add them back.

Sound Gear: Outdoor sound setup (St Silas)

Step 1 — Run power to garden

Run yellow extension cord from building to garden. You will need a few extension cords and powerboards handy.

 

Step 2 — Setup speakers and foldback

Get 3 monitors from the hall. Raise 2 speakers, left and right, and use the third one as foldback for band.

 

Step 3 — Hook up speakers

Run long cables (labelled Evan) from Ch1 on L & R speakers to output on mixer. Run one more cable (XLR) from Output on L or R speaker and daisy chain to Ch 1 on foldback monitor. Power up 3 speakers with volume down. Run RCA to 3.5mm cable from 2TK/IN on mixer to phone or iPod to test speakers.

 

Step 4 — Setup Evan's PA mini mixer PA

Power up the mixer. Turn on the iPod to test speakers. Turn up 2TK Level to 75% (above Main Level bottom right knob). Turn up Main Level to 50-75% (bottom right knob). Power up each speaker and slowly turn up the volume on Ch 1 on the rear of each speaker.

 

Step 5 — Plug in instruments

Plug in the instruments and microphones between Channels 1 -8. Mic & line/in for Channels 1-4 Instruments for Channels 1-8

 Ensure Gain is pulled down on each channel to start.

 

Step 6 — Raise gain & level

Raise the gain & level for each channel.

Basic EQ (Hi and Low) & panning is also available.