Stage Snakes: Investment Offers Time Savings, Simplicity

Whether you are a portable church, setting up and tearing down every week, or if you are able to leave everything set up each week, stage snakes serve a valuable purpose.

Stage Snakes: Investment Offers Time Savings, Simplicity
A stage snake that includes a direct input box from Whirlwind, the MultiSnake 12, as noted was one that worked out well with a keyboard setup that always ran two stereo keys.
Stage Snakes: Investment Offers Time Savings, Simplicity
A stage snake that includes a direct input box from Whirlwind, the MultiSnake 12, as noted was one that worked out well with a keyboard setup that always ran two stereo keys.

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Stage Snakes: Investment Offers Time Savings, Simplicity

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This is the time of year when you have either just finished crafting your budget for next year, or you are getting ready to finish it up. I’m hoping you put some money aside for stage snakes, and if not, that this piece will help you reconsider doing so.

Stage snakes can truly simplify your life and be really useful for when you have to track down an incorrect patch or a bad cable.

I fell in love with stage snakes about six years ago. Before that, I was at a church that had floor pockets on the stage and cross patched everything from the floor pockets to the main snake. While this was a good system and covered most things the church was doing at the time, there were some downsides to such a configuration.

First, is that for whatever reason, the worship pastor would want to set up where there were no nearby floor pockets. So, we had a bunch of XLRs running from across the stage from where the floor pockets were, to where the musicians and vocalists actually were. The other drawback to this was that cross patching seemed difficult for some volunteers to understand, and would result in things getting incorrectly hooked up, resulting in bogging down the setup and rehearsal time.

When I moved to a church that had a single snake setup behind the stage about six years ago, it had a bunch of 50-foot XLR cables that they would homerun to the snake. While this did work, the problem comes when you suspect that you either have a bad cable or that something is hooked up incorrectly.

You then find yourself on a dark stage trying to chase down those long cable runs that are grouped together. This was very frustrating for me and those serving in this area of ministry. This is when I started looking into stage snakes, and have never looked back.

What we landed on was using three small eight-channel snakes on stage that then fed our stage box for our Midas console. We had one that we used for the drums, and one that we used for the guitars/bass and the third, we used for our keyboards.

In those bands, the keyboard player was usually the band leader and played back the loop tracks with click and would also have a talkback mic on stage they would use to call out cues for the band. This worked out great for us anytime we did a stage setup change. All we would have to do is move the three snakes to their new home, after which all was up and running again.


More About Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson has for the past eight years worked full-time as both a technical director, and currently an assistant technical director, for two different churches. In addition, he has been both a professional drummer and audio engineer for the past 21 years. Working with many different artists along the way as a drummer, he has performed everything from jazz, rock, country, pop music. During this time, he also worked for different production companies and recording studios and started his own production company when living in Kansas City.
Get in Touch: MAnderson@blue-ridge.org    More by Mike Anderson

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


Article Topics

Technology · Audio · Team Management · Budgeting · Team Development · Cable · Configuration · Cross Patching · Direct Boxes · Eight-Channel · Setup · All Topics

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