Sound Engineer’s Gig Checklist – 80 Essential Items

While being a sound engineer entails having knowledge of the mixing console, it also means that preparation is key. Having everything from the absolute basics like a console, mics, headphones, and amps to spare cables, setlists, flashlights, and similar equipment (should it be needed).

The following checklist is a way to always be prepared:

  • Mixing console
  • Multicore cables/snake
  • Microphones
  • Mic stands
  • Mic clips
  • di boxes
  • Headphones
  • Monitor speakers
  • PA speakers
  • Subwoofers
  • Amplifiers
  • Crossover network (if applicable)
  • Equalizers
  • Compressors/limiters
  • Noise gates
  • Effects processors (reverb, delay)
  • Rack power conditioners
  • Direct boxes
  • Patch cables (various types)
  • XLR cables
  • TRS cables
  • RCA cables
  • Speaker cables
  • MIDI cables (if needed)
  • Power cables
  • Power strip/multi-plug
  • Extension cords
  • Spare batteries (for wireless devices)
  • Wireless mic systems
  • Wireless in-ear monitor systems
  • Antenna distribution system
  • Audio interface (for computer-based systems)
  • Laptop (for playback/processing)
  • Audio playback devices (CD player, etc.)
  • USB drives/external hard drives
  • Digital recorders
  • Gaffer tape or Duct tape
  • Velcro straps
  • Multi-tool
  • Screwdrivers (various sizes)
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • RTA software
  • SPL meter
  • Frequency analyzer
  • Phase tester
  • Headphone amplifier
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • First aid kit
  • Ear protection
  • Notepad and pen
  • Stage plot and input lists
  • Talkback microphone
  • Setlists for bands
  • Chair or stool (for long gigs)
  • Personal hydration (water bottle)
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • Sunscreen (for outdoor gigs)
  • Rain gear (for outdoor gigs)
  • Power surge protector
  • Network router/switch (for digital mixers)
  • Network cables
  • Router for wireless control (if applicable)
  • Tablet or smartphone (for remote control apps)
  • Weatherproof covers (for outdoor events)
  • Drum mic kit
  • Instrument mics
  • Stereo miking equipment (if required)
  • stand lights
  • Contact list (band members, venue staff)
  • Speaker stands
  • Rack cases for gear
  • Equipment carts/dollies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Repair kit (adhesive, small parts)
  • Cooling fan (for gear)
  • Humidifier or dehumidifier (climate dependent)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Change of clothes

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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