Tech Rider

live set-up

The following is a partial list of items Pamela Z generally carries with her for use in her live performances. (See tech requirements below for items the venue or presenter must provide.)

Pamela provides her own:

  • voice
  • microphone(s) – Neumann KMS 105 and/or DPS headset mic with Sennheiser wireless transmitter and reciever.
  • 2 Apple computers (Mac Book Pro) w/ MAX MSP and Isadora software.
  • In Degrees faders and pedal pod
  • various gesture activated MIDI controller(s) including the  UTM Ultrasonic controller, and SensorPlay wireless controllers.
  • MOTU Ultralite firewire audio interface.
  • various found objects – sometimes amplified with piezo contact mics.
  • for local engagements (San Francisco Bay Area), if necessary, she can also provide a small PA consisting of two powered Speakers on “Ultimate Support” stands resulting in a self-contained sound system run by the performer on stage.

tech requirements

Pamela Z’s technical needs vary depending on the venue and the program being performed. For most engagements (basic solo voice & electronics concerts), she will require sound reinforcement as detailed below. In some cases (i.e. small venues within driving distance of her home base) she may provide her own P.A. for an additional fee. And for more technically complex productions (i.e. large-scale, theatrical, multi-media performance works) she may require additional lighting and audio/visual equipment and operators and additional load-in/set-up and tech time. Technical riders specific to those works are available upon request. NOTE: Pamela prefers to work in a smoke-free environment.

For Basic Solo Voice & Electronics (and video) Performances:

Load-in & Set-up time: 45 – 60 minutes
Sound-check & tech time: 30 – 120 minutes (depending on complexity of show)

The following is a list of technical requirements (items to be provided by the venue or presenter):

  • a sound engineer familiar with the in-house equipment.
  • a stereo PA system with 2 available inputs (a stereo pair). (PZ can also work in multiple audio channels if the venue is configured to support that.)
  • a snake or a pair of cables to reach from the performing area to sound board. (Or enough cables to support a multi-channel configuration.)
  • direct boxes (DIs) will be needed if your inputs are XLR (PZ’s outputs are 1/4 inch).
  • at the board, PZ’s two channels should be panned hard left and hard right.
  • if possible, speakers should be downstage of the performer or angled so that they do not feedback into the performer’s microphone due to heightened feedback problems associated with live processing.
  • adequate monitoring (in some houses, the sound from the mains might suffice.)
  • grounded AC power on or near the stage. NOTE: For performances outside the United States, appropriate transformers and/or adapters will be needed to convert the power to interface with standard American equipment. (Alternating Current, 60hz, 110-120v, standard American 3-prong grounded plug)
  • for performances outside of driving distance from San Francisco, a microphone stand (tri-pod style preferred) with boom.
  • for performances that include video:
    • a projector (beamer) – preferably at least 2000 Lumen – and a projection surface
    • an HDMI or VGA cable long enough to reach from the artist’s onstage computer to the projector.
    • rear projection is preferred when possible, and it’s preferable for the bottom edge of the projected image be at or near the floor such that the image is within the same visual field as the artist (rather than above her head or off to one side)
    • lighting should be adjusted so that the artist is well-lit without spilling light on the video projection.
    • a small desk-height table (approx 26″ – 30″ h, with surface area at least 18″ x 30″) In some cases a chair will also be required.

Also helpful:

  • drinking water
  • adequately lit dressing area with mirror
  • a secure place for storing personal effects