Cat in the Hat audio manual
2 Speaker version
What you'll need:
An Apple Mac computer running Mac OS 10.6 or later, ideally it should have a 2.0GHz processor or faster and 4GB of RAM. If you have a slower processor or less RAM you will probably encounter audio glitches during the show. Your computer will need to be connected to the sound system in your theatre. Your computer will, depending on the model, have a headphone output or a line-output, in the form of a mini-headphone socket on the computer. You will need a lead to connect from this socket to your sound system. Download the show and try running Sound Q77 - if this runs smoothly then your computer is probably powerful enough - if it doesn’t play smoothly, you should investigate getting more RAM for your computer or a faster computer. Any Mac Mini made since 2011 should cope fine.`
You will need to download some software onto your computer to play back the sounds. The software is called QLab and can be downloaded from: http://figure53.com
The software is free to download and use but has a few restrictions. Of primary relevance to us is that it will not trigger Hot Keys. These are buttons on your QWERTY keyboard that when pressed will always make a certain sound regardless of where you are in the cue list. These are the number keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0 along the top of your keyboard, not the keys on the numeric keypad of your keyboard. These are used in the juggling sequence for the balls and for some drum rolls and other whooses. In order to access the Hot Key feature we have to pay for the Basic Audio licence, an add-on to the free version. This can be bought for $199 but it is often more efficient to rent it from Figure 53 for the duration of the show. Renting the Pro Audio licence will cost you only $3 per day, which is much more cost-effective for short runs. They also offer educational discounts to these prices.
The show was built using v2.6 of QLab but has been tested as working with all subsequent versions of QLab up to and including v3.1.
We are not affiliated with Figure 53 / QLab in any way and cannot offer support on how to use it. Figure 53 however offer many excellent video tutorials on their website explaining basic through advanced use of the software. They also have a very useful email list where users can ask questions about using QLab.
You will need a microphone on a stand for the perfomer(s) offstage who are providing the voice-overs, “Said the Cat”, etc
The sound system
Landscape mode means the speakers are laid on their side (think landscape and portait in the page setup of your computer printer).
This is optional. We had them on their side because we had very little space upstage of our blue Cyc, so it was easier for the performers to step over the speakers if they were on their side.
You would connect your sound system like this:
You would setup your mixing desk so that:
Input 1 to Output 1
Input 2 to Output 2
Input 3 is routed to Output 1 and 2 so that the voice-overs come out of both the upstage speakers.
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