SOUND: The sound system is not permanently installed, but must be set up from scratch and taken down for each show. This adds some inconvenience up front, but allows for much more flexibility in how it is used.
Microphones – Two Electrovoice ND767a dynamic supercardioid vocal mics; two AKG D3800M dynamic cardioid vocal mics; two Shure SM 57 cardioid instrument mics, and two matched pairs of Rode NT5 small diaphragm cardioid-condensor instrument mics.
Miscellaneous – Six regular boom stands, one short boom stand; two mono DI boxes, one stereo DI; XLR and balanced 1/4″ cables (no regular 1/4″ instrument or 1/8″ stereo cables), 16-channel snake, adapters, etc. We also have a Fender Twin Reverb ’65 Reissue guitar amplifier.
If you plan to use our sound system, you must have a qualified, experienced sound technician to set up, operate, and tear down the equipment. We can refer you to several of our approved sound techs who charge a reasonable fee. While this adds some extra hassle and expense, it saves you the potential cost of having to replace or repair equipment that is broken during your production; if our technician breaks something, you are not responsible. If you prefer to use someone who has never worked here before, they will need to come in a week or two before your show for a walk-through of the system. Alternately, you may bring in your own PA equipment.
RECORDING: In addition to being available to run live sound, Robb Kunz offers Chapel users a special deal on live concert recording. He’ll record your show (with really good mics), mix it, submit a test mix, bounce back, finalize, and master it for the insanely reasonable price of $350. If interested, contact him and tell him you are doing a Chapel show.
PIANO: ca. 1920 Knabe 9′ concert grand. If you want the piano tuned, it is your responsibility to schedule and pay for that. You can use your own tuner, or we can recommend one.
We have about 10 Manhassett music stands (they come and go), but no stand lights.
LIGHTING: Control console: NSI MC-7024 24-channel, two-scene preset with DMX protocol output to 1.2 kW capacity dimmers. Instruments: ETC Source Four Ellipsoidals (18), Pars (8), and Parnells (4). There are three overhead bars to hang lights from: above stage, middle of room, and back of room, and there is one vertical bar on each side of the stage at mid-room for side lights. There is an enclosed lighting booth at the rear of the room on the fifth floor. There is a one-person lift to access the lights.
The control board is very easy to operate, and there are directions posted in the lighting booth. Our lighting plot is set to a standard stage wash that works well for most shows. If you want to make changes to the standard plot – changing gels or focus – you will have to hire an experienced lighting tech to do this and to restore the standard plot, even if you have a lighting designer/operator to run your show. Unfortunately we do not have a current referral list for freelance lighting technicians; if you wish to be on such a list, please let us know!