See new guidance on uploading your video to YouTube https://scda.org.uk/monologue-competition/
A while back I posted some links to useful resources on lighting and promised a follow up on sound so here it, finally, is!
First a couple of texts you can download as pdf documents on sound design and amplifying live performances.
Theatrical Sound Design Understanding and designing theatre Sound
This is a teaching guide and gives an overview of the design process and implementation and is a good place to start.
The Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook is a technical guide to amplifying live performances
This, although first published in 1987, it is still an excellent guide to the theory of amplification etc. It covers the issues you will encounter if you stage musicals, pantos, concerts or any production where you use microphones and aim to achieve a high volume level. Its pretty technical and if you’re not into maths you can skim over these bits – the chapter ‘Sound Indoors’ is an explanation of what happens in an auditorium and will be useful to those of us – and it will probably be all of us, who have experienced the dreaded feedback. My own club uses a Sabine feedback suppressor and has made sound deadening panels which we have yet to test as the Covid situation arose before we were able. Some further advice on reducing feedback can be found here, here and here.
Sound cueing systems
Sound has traditionally been played back from tape, CD and minidisk. These are becoming rare though and more and more people are using computers to play back digital sound files. There are several software products you can use. Many are high end and designed for the professional theatre and are priced accordingly. Free software is scarcer but here are two. I’m sure that we will get comments suggesting others.
If you use an Apple Mac, then the obvious app is QLab.
Sadly QLab is not available for a PC but here is a couple of possibilities. I myself use CSC Show Control Free version which does pretty well all I need. Its updated fairly regularly – most recently November 2019. It’s the same package as the paid for version but has fewer features (I don’t think you would miss them). Another possibility is Multiplay but it has not been updated since 2013.
Sources of sound effects
FreeSound is a database of browsable, downloadable sounds under a Creative Commons License.
Royalty-free sound effects. Partners in Rhyme
The world’s largest archive of wildlife sounds. Macaulay Library from the Cornell Lab of Orinthology
16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for personal, educational or research purposes. (Commercial uses require a license.)
Includes over 600 audio examples of English dialects from England and Wales.
“The International Dialects of English Archive was created in 1997 as the first online archive of primary-source recordings of English dialects and accents as heard around the world….Professor Paul Meier established the archive in 1997 to enable actors to hear real-life models for their characters’ accents and dialects.” The materials in the archive have applications in a number of disciplines. Includes audio recordings of speakers from around the world, all speaking in English, with an extensive collection of North American voices.
For PC, MAC and Linux, Audacity offers pretty well all you need and is free.
Feedback – the useful kind!
Please use the comments below to ask questions or proffer advice.
Tony Flisch 18 May 2020
Here are some links for those interested in lighting. I have checked them out and believe they are useful. Sadly there is so much stuff out there which is frankly awful.
Please use the comments below if you find the links useful and to add any resources you have found and recommend.
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This is the first of a new series of blogs about staying connected. There will be posts from Carole Williams and others with ideas and links.
SCDA Citizens Directors’ training
We are proud to announce that applications for this exciting opportunity are now open
Festival forms and documents are now available for download
Dominic Hill is the highly respected Artistic Director of the Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow, who gave an inspiring talk at the 2016 AGM in Stirling. He will be running a 5 day intensive acting course between 19 and 23 June. The course is aimed at experienced non-professionals or those intending to follow a career in acting. You have to be at least 17 and there are only
15 places. Cost is £500 for the 5 ays.
If you are interested you need to get your application in soon! Full details here:- http://www.citz.co.uk/whatson/info/intensive_acting_course/
Don’t forget to post your District Results on the website
Geoffrey Whitworth Competition
The competition is held in conjunction with the United Kingdom One-act Plays Festivals. The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy is awarded annually to an original play, debuting in the UK One-act Plays Festivals organized by the:
- All England Theatre Festival
- Association of Ulster Drama Festivals
- Drama Association of Wales
- Scottish Community Drama Association
The competition is administered by the SCDA, on behalf of AETF, AUDF, and DAW.
You can download the form from here
Eastern Division is delighted to inform you that its full length play competition has been resurrected AND with a reduced fee. For more information please contact Susan Wales