Music Show, Ganesh festival 2015, Mysore Colony, Chembur

Baji J. Ram Rao
06:28 +0530 Mon. 21-Sep-2015

Sunday, 20-Sep-2015 evening, I organized my first music show for the residents of Mysore Colony where we live, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi 2015.

Six of us neighbors, got together and trained together.
We rehearsed and sang the following twelve songs in the show which I compered.

Song list

The background score was played using online music tracks for which I have an annual subscription.
We rehearsed each song about 9 times over a 4 day period.

My ultrabook laptop sat on a Stagg MUS-C5 T orchestral music stand and fed into an Ahuja AMX-912 9-channel mixing console driving an Ahuja SS250W amplifier and four speakers.
The electronics was provided by Vikram Sound -- a local sound and electrics contract service provider.

Stagg MUS-C5 T orchestral music stand
My ultrabook laptop sat on a Stagg MUS-C5 T orchestral music stand

Stagg Music of Brussels, Belgium, manufacture musical instruments, such as guitars, bass guitars, drums, percussion, cymbals and brass trumpets as well as pro-audio equipment. [www.StaggMusic.com]

The setup was as in the diagram below

Sound electronics set up

Of course, there were teensie issues to sort out.

The audio cable from the laptop to the mixing console was too short to connect the stage to the side table where the mixer was placed.
So we had to move the mixing console, amplifier and DVD player, close to the stage.
While amplified final output cables to the speakers can be long, pre-amp cables should be as short as possible.

We also got the sound contractor to provide us a dry mix (sans SFX) foldback monitor. More about the need for foldback monitors here.

The Mixer

We used a 9 channel mixer with echo and reverb sound effects.
It accepts 42dB, 20kΩ-balanced or 10kΩ-unbalanced line inputs
or 2kΩ/62dB microphone inputs.
Outputs can be
-10dBm/+2dBm (200mV/1V) LO, or
  0dBm/+17dBm (775mV/5.5V) HI outputs.

Ahuja M 9-channel mixer
Ahuja AMX-912 9 channel mixer

Besides my laptop, it was also connected to two StudioMaster Professional ER10 cordless microphone receivers and a corded microphone.

Ahuja M 9-channel mixer
Studiomaster Professional ER11-EM11 single channel VHF cordless microphone

The Amplifier

We used a 250W amplifier.
It accepts 42dB, 20kΩ-balanced or 10kΩ-unbalanced line inputs
or 2kΩ/62dB microphone inputs.
Outputs can be
-10dBm/+2dBm (200mV/1V) LO, or
  0dBm/+17dBm (775mV/5.5V) HI outputs.

Also connected to the amplifier was a Sony DVD player. DVP SR660P

Ahuja SSA-250M 250W amplifier
Ahuja SSA-250M 250W amplifier

The music show was very well received by the residents of Mysore Colony, and earned us lots of goodwill and praise.