Sound Check

A pre-show testing routine is an essential habit for any stagehand or technician. This workspace demonstrates two methods for testing QLab outputs, one at a time, to ensure that everything in the signal path from QLab to speaker is functioning as expected.

Click here to download the Sound Check workspace (current version 1.2020)

Both methods require you to add your own Audio cue to the workspace and route that cue to every output you’ll be using. You should then set a master level that’s good for all outputs.

Sound check levels

The Scripted Method

This method uses OSC commands, issued by a Script cue, to manipulate the levels of the Audio cue. The script begins by routing the selected Audio cue to the first output and then gives the operator the choice of moving on to the next output, going back to the previous output, or ending the sound check.

To use this script, select the Audio cue you want to use for sound check, and then type ⌃A, which is the hotkey trigger for the Script cue. Follow the on-screen prompts to conduct sound check.

Please note that this script doesn’t “know” how many outputs you’re using, so it will go all the way up to QLab’s highest-numbered output, 64, regardless of the Visible Channels setting.

The Fade Cue Method

This method creates Fade cues which target the Audio cue you’ve selected. Once the Fade cues are created, you can run sound check by running the Audio cue, then running each Fade cue individually.

To use this script, select the Audio cue you want to use for sound check, and then type ⌃B, which is the hotkey trigger for the Script cue. Follow the on-screen prompts to create the appropriate number of Fade cues.

Please note that you can run the Fade cues in any order you like. When you’re done with sound check, stop the Audio cue manually.

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