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More To Carry: Gig Savers Come In Many Forms

Tools that really help with efficiency while also making the job just a bit easier.

By Craig Leerman April 13, 2018

Previously I detailed a checklist of “everyday carry” (EDC) tools that stagehands should always have on hand at every gig (see it here). It met with such a positive response that I’m going to share additional tools that invariable make me more efficient, and the job a bit easier.

While this might seem like a lot to lug around, I’ve found these items to be well worth the added weight and hassle.

To simplify transportation, I break them up into separate cases. A Pelican 1510 case holds meters and tools. (This has to be checked if I’m flying to a gig.) A standard hard-shell suitcase has been adapted as a carry-on, holding computers, iPad, utility mixer, headphones, and other items.

Q Box – If I can only have one extra tool in addition to my EDC, this is it. The Whirlwind Q Box line tester is my favorite tool, used for verifying that a signal is present and also serving as a signal generator.

Utility mixer – A Mackie 1202 serves this role, and can be used as a sub-mixer for additional inputs, as well as to provide additional output feeds with metering and as a back-up to the main console in case of failure on smaller gigs.

Computers – I usually carry two laptops for measurement, recording, editing and playback. For show cues, I use Sports Sounds Pro software instead of carrying my 360 Systems Instant Replay. Focusrite 8i6 interfaces handle inputs and outputs.

Pads & pods – In addition to an iPhone, I carry an iPad and iPod Touch loaded with console remotes (both audio and lighting) and other helpful apps. An Apple Airport Express provides a network when needed.

Cans & coms – Everybody likes to use their own headphones (a.k.a., “cans”) and intercom headsets, and I’m no exception. My headgear includes Koss cans, R-Columbia lightweight intercom headset, and Eartec wireless comm system.

Mics, clips & screens – My travel kit includes a Shure SM58, Shure SM57, Shure MX418 with base, Countryman B2D lavalier and Dayton Audio Measurement mic. A few mic clips and assortment of windscreens are tucked in for good measure.

SPL meter – The Galaxy CM-130 meter that I use provides more accurate readings than the apps built into my Apple devices.

Multi-meter – My choice is a Fluke 321 volt meter. The clamp allows me to measure the current draw (amperage) on the feeder legs on a PD without interrupting power.

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About Craig

Craig Leerman
Craig Leerman

Senior Contributing Editor, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International
Craig has worked in a wide range of roles in professional audio for more than 30 years in a dynamic career that encompasses touring, theater, live televised broadcast events and even concerts at the White House. Currently he owns and operates Tech Works, a regional production company that focuses on corporate events based in Reno.


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Ryan says

I like this but what piece of equipment do you use to carry all of this?

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