R E H E A R S I N G
scores to feature pictures should be run at a volume
appropriate to incidental music. Never make the volume so loud that it causes the needles to
oscillate on the amplifier plate current meters. If this happens it is a sure sign of
overloading and poor quality.
Speakers talking at a distance or in conversational tones should be reproduced with less volume
than those speaking close or obviously talking loudly. Instrumental solos should have less
volume than full orchestras (not accompanying), bands, etc. In news reels, street noises,
locomotive whistles, etc., should be loud to give correct illusion.
(8) In certain records effect may be improved by bringing fader up or down a step at certain points
in the picture, as just mentioned. Even the horn settings may occasionally be changed during a
number as record changes from light or vocal effects, which are best reproduced by upper horns,
to heavier orchestra music for which lower horns are brought out.
However, discretion must be used in not making too great or too frequent changes in horn and
fader settings; each record is made under skilled musical and technical direction in such a
manner that when it is reproduced the effect desired by composer, artist, and conductor will be
obtained without any need for frequently changing settings while playing. If they are changed
too much, therefore, proper effect will not be obtained.
(9) Having rehearsed show and determined all settings, curtain cues, etc. record them in the
form of a cue card posted in the booth.
(10) In communicating with the operator by means of the telephone set it will be found handy to
use the buzzer, with the following code:
|One buzz||- ||Fader up one step
|Two buzzes||- ||
Fader down one step|
|Three buzzes||- ||Answer over telephone.|