VENUE AND EQUIPMENT
We have a selection of amplifiers and a drum kit for your use. You are however, welcome to bring your own equipment with the following restrictions:
- The equipment that you turn up with on the day of your performance is the same as you have specified in your application form.
- Your equipment is empathetic with the look and feel of the stage area (we want your video to look good).
- Your equipment is safe.
- Your equipment is insured under your name.
- If you’re a drummer, you can bring your own snare, hi-hat, cymbals and kick-drum pedal.
- We have a single X-frame keyboard stand so if you’re a keyboard player and have more than one keyboard or other equipment, you will have to supply your own stand or stands.
- We do not supply power supplies or batteries so if you have effects pedals that require low-voltage power supplies, you will have to ensure that you bring your own power supplies or batteries on the day of your performance.
- If you have a preferred microphone, you’re more than welcome to bring it with you on the day of your performance.
DISCLAIMER: The security of your equipment is your responsibility. Plasma Music TV is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft of your equipment.
The Plasma Music TV studio is an L-shaped room, approximately 1,300 ft² (120m²) in area. The stage area measures about 20ft x 20ft at the rear but is curved at the front.
Available to the audience, we have four coffee tables with sixteen chairs and three upright tables with six high-chairs. The room will comfortably hold approximately fifty people plus crew with standing area at the rear of the studio.
At the back of the room, we have a suite which is often used for interviewing the artists. The production centre is also situated here as is access to the venue.
Electrical power available is approximately 12kW via 13A domestic 3-pin outlets. There is no provision for anything other than regular UK 240 volt equipment.
- Toilets are shared with three cubicles.
- The premises does NOT have access for wheel chairs.
Lighting. Ah yes, we know it looks like an office and we’re working on that. We need to get stuff that can give a bit of atmosphere, especially to the stage area but which will also work with all of our cameras. It’ll come.
PMTV HOUSE AMPS
Plasma Music TV has a selection of amps for you to use as follows:
ELECTRIC GUITAR 1:
ELECTRIC GUITAR 2:
|Carvin R600 Series III combo
Marshall JCM900 50W 2 x 12” combo
Marshall JCM900 50W 2 x 12” combo
Roland KC-60 keyboard combo
The R600 has a tube simulation front-end, a lot of eq options which include pre-shape, classic tone controls with a sweepable mid, 9-band graphic and lo / hi power-amp balance. It also offers a very versatile compressor and cross-over.
Loaded with a single 15” bass driver, two 8” drivers and a horn, it ‘s obvious that this amp is very versatile and can cover virtually any situation.
With three types of speakers, we don’t mic up the cab. Instead, we take a D.I. output from the rear of the combo which provides a consistent signal to the mixing desk. We have the option to take this signal pre or post eq.
You’re more than welcome however, to use your own bass set-up so long as it fits comfortably on the stage area.
Due to the variety of effects pedals, we do not offer power supplies or batteries so if you do use pedals, please ensure that you bring your own power supplies.
The house guitar amps on stage are two identical Marshall 50W JCM900 2 x 12” combos.
The sweeter sounding 50W Marshall power amp section might not sound enough for you but don’t forget that both cabs are mic’d up and are going into the front-of-house P.A.The clean channel is very loud and overdriving it produces a very thick, full-bodied distortion which retains a lot of low end.
Channel 2 goes to the next level producing a more contemporary sounding distortion which some will consider more aggressive. And of course we’re all familiar with the straight-forward Marshall eq which just adds to that classic tone.
Both amps are mic’d up with classic Shure SM57s which are mounted on Cab Grabbers, ensuring a very consistent sound to the desk. The supplied footswitch on each amp offers channel switching only. The footswitch is wired
for single-channel and so the option to switch reverb in and out is not available. Instead, reverb is supplied by the production centre to the front-of-house P.A.
Both amps are mic’d up with classic Shure SM57s which are mounted on Cab Grabbers, ensuring a very consistent sound to the desk. The supplied footswitch on each amp offers channel switching only. The footswitch is wired for single-channel and so the option to switch reverb in and out is not available. Instead, reverb is supplied by the production centre to the front-of-house P.A.
Since your performance is recorded, you really don’t want to mess things up in post-production by using the built-in spring reverb in a guitar amp. Please note this point if you intend to use your own amp.
So, as with bass above, you’re more than welcome to use your own amp set-up so long as it fits comfortably on the stage.
Also as mentioned above, we don’t offer power supplies or batteries for effects pedals so please ensure that you bring your own.
The outputs from keyboards and synthesisers are fed into a small pre-amp which knocks the signal up to +4dBm and also balances it, ready to be sent to the mixing desk.
We do have a Roland KC-60 keyboard amp which is great for monitoring although the keyboards will of course be available over the P.A.
The KC-60 is a 3-channel, mono amp. This is fine for piano and vintage analogue synth sounds. If you use stereo modulation effects such as phaser, flanger or chorus however, you should consider just going straight into the P.A. If you’re using something straight-forward like a piano sound, we’d recommend that you turn off your reverb and use the house reverb which isn’t recorded and is only available to the P.A.
PMTV HOUSE DRUMS
Plasma Music TV has a Pearl Masters 7-piece kit and Zildjian ZXT Titanium cymbals as follows:
Toms 1 – 3:
Toms 4 – 5:
Kick drum pedal:
|22” x 18”
14” x 6½”
8” x 8” / 10” x 10” / 12” x 10”
14” x 12” / 16” x 14”
16” medium thin
The snare, toms and cymbals are mounted on a Pearl drum rack. The kick drum and hi-hat are free standing. The kit sits on interlocking, anti-slip, polymer foam tiles.
Okay, so your performance is being recorded and we want to get the best sound possible. This is why our microphones are pre-positioned and hard-wired which means that they cannot be moved.
Of course we appreciate that there’s nothing like playing on your own equipment. You are therefore allowed to bring your own and change the snare drum, cymbals, hi-hat and kick-drum pedal.
IMPORTANT – The microphones around our house kit are wired into a loom and attached to the drum rack. This follows the layout for a RIGHT-HANDED drummer.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE IF YOU ARE A LEFT-HANDED DRUMMER.
We’ll re-arrange the loom to accommodate your layout.
PMTV HOUSE MONITORING
Due to the somewhat intimate nature of the studio and the close proximity of the P.A. speakers to the stage area, we don’t have conventional wedge monitors.
We have however, made available to the wall-box behind the drum kit, a pair of fold-back feeds to which two separate mono mixes, both independent of the main stereo mix, can be fed.
These fold-back feeds run into a headphone distribution amp which has several headphone outputs, each with its own level control.
As mentioned, monitoring wouldn’t normally be used by performers at the front of the stage. The drummer, being at the back of the stage might not be able to hear what’s coming over the P.A. as well as the other guys. This is one scenario where the fold-back feeds and the headphone distribution amp might come in quite useful.
- Due to health and hygiene reasons, if you wish to use headphones or earphones, please do bring your own.
- The headphone outputs on out headphone amp are 6.3mm (¼”) TRS jack. If your headphones or earphones terminate with the smaller 3.5mm plug, please remember to bring an adapter.