How To Do A Virtual Sound Check Using Reaper

The sound check is the most important practice in live and recorded sound. The soundcheck is considered the buffer between setting up and showtime. It’s critical for an engineer as it’s the only chance to hear each instrument in isolation through the system, as well as the only time when you can move around the space to hear exactly what you’re dealing with. It’s so essential for musicians to make sure they can hear what they need to hear to produce a professional sound.

A proper sound check will answer important questions for both the musicians and the engineers. While there are many questions that need to be addressed, these are just a few. How does the room sound? Can the sound system produce enough volume to fill the space? Can the band hear everything they need to hear, to play professionally? What are the bad frequencies that need to be EQ’ed out of the space? Is the sound being produced too loud?

This list of questions along with many others is a very small part of doing a quality sound check. The following video will show how to do a sound check for getting everything perfect right before the show begins, as well as how to record the live event so you can go back at a latter time to tweak your settings if the same people will be playing in the same space, like a Praise and Worship team would do. If you have any questions, please contact me at

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