What is a stage plot?

A stage plot is a graphic representation that illustrates your band’s setup when you perform live, your placement on stage, what gear you use, and some other helpful information. Be sure to include:

  • A basic visual that shows where each member is positioned on stage.
  • The names of each member and what instruments they play.
  • How many mics, DIs, monitors, and cables (XLRs or 1/4 inch) you’ll need the venue to provide.
  • What sound gear (DIs, mics, etc), if any, you’ll be providing.
  • Whether or not bass and keyboard amplifiers have balanced outputs. Will they be mic’d or run direct?
  • Where the amps will be placed in relation to the players.

Providing a stage plot will make your load-in, setup, and soundcheck experience quick and efficient. The sound person won’t have to do any last minute scrambling, either. You both want to save your energy for the show!

How do I create a stage plot?

If you want to go really fancy, check out Stage Plot Pro (for Mac users). They have a free 30-day trial with unlimited features if you’d like to play around.

If you just need something free and easy, check out FreeStagePlots.com. You won’t be able to make it look all neat and pretty, but it’ll do the trick. Also, if you need to write in technical or logistical details, you can always print the graphic you create, write the info on that page, scan THAT, and save the new image as your go-to stage plot.

If you can’t create a stage plot, at least send an informal input list.

How many people, amps, instruments, mics, and DIs? How are they interrelated?

For instance:

Dave- Standard 2-tom drum kit. Mic for kick. Mic for snare/hat. One overhead. Vocal mic on boom stand. Monitor to his left. 

Janet- acoustic & electric guitar. stands front center stage. Vocal mic on boom stand. Guitar amp to the left of drum monitor. Also, DI for acoustic guitar.

Peter- electric bass. stands stage left. boom mic for vocals. bass rig sits rear stage left, has balanced out. 

Alice- 2 keyboards, both going into single keyboard amp with balanced out. Also one vocal mic on boom stand that doubles as trumpet microphone.

Source: CD Baby