As an event planner, you may or may not be familiar with AV lingo when it comes to contracts for speakers, entertainment and more. Understanding some of these terms can help when producing the event and it can also help when working with companies that handle AV because you can get a better idea of the cost if you know exactly what you are paying for. This list is by no means complete, but provides a nice overview.
– A1 – The head audio engineer responsible for the audio mix to the main audience.
– Back Line – Musical Instruments and equipment that musicians often do not travel with, such as drum sets, percussion instruments, electronic keyboards and more that sit toward the back of the stage.
– Bone Yard – Storage area for empty and unused road cases and equipment. A bone yard is usually backstage. However, in room where there is little or no back stage area a separate room or area is needed.
– Deck – The stage. Deck is also often referred to as the top of the stage.
– Monitor Mix – Stage monitor speakers having their own settings separate from the main speakers. This is for people on stage to hear.
– TD – Technical Director – A video technician that operates the switcher and often directs the video cameras for a show.
Joshua Gair – Impact Entertainment Services