Stage Box. Cheap Stage Boxes. Sound System Cable Stage Snakes
One of the most noticeable and often most objectionable parts of having a sound system is often not the audio components themselves but rather all the necessary cables required to connect the whole thing together. While a certain number of cables on the stage will always be unavoidable, the use of stage boxes can improve the visual impact, especially in facilities where sound equipment is permanently installed.
Most of us have grown accustomed to seeing snake cables used in PA applications. In essence, theyre really just a bunch of microphone cables bundled together into a single, larger cable. At one end are all of the plugs that connect to the mixing console, and at the other end is a large stage box which all of the microphones on the stage plug in to. In most cases, there are additional connections (called returns) which allow signal to be carried from the mixer back to the stage, where powered speakers can receive a mixed signal or power amps can be connected to get signal to the speaker enclosures. (There are many other potential uses for audio snakes; this one is most common.) The main reason for this is to avoid having to run multiple cables to the mixing board.
However, in permanent installation situations, having a stage snake exposed can be aesthetically undesirable and may also present a safety hazard. In these cases, a stage box, or possible even several of them, can save the day.
Imagine, for example, a P.A. system set up in a large church. If the worship band includes drums, they will likely need to be pumped through the p.a. simply for the sake of control over the audio mix. When you start to figure in all the other potential instruments involved, it doesnt take long to have the stage/platform area become a tangled mess of cables. A stage box located near the drum set would allow all the microphone cables from the drums to tuck neatly and discretely into a small box which is flush-mounted in the floor and covered with a lid, minimizing the appearance of the cables themselves and hiding the connection points. The result is a leaner, cleaner appearing stage area. More importantly, cable runs can be minimized, reducing the potential for someone to trip over all those cables. Multiple stage boxes can be utilized, their connecting points hidden from view under the floor.
Most stage boxes, also known as stage pockets and floor pockets, can be configured with whatever connectors may be necessary to fit a specific need. For example, you may have an area on your stage where you need to run a monitor wedge. A stage box can be fitted with the necessary Ό or Speakon connectors from the power amps, which can be hidden elsewhere. The rest of the wiring can be run under the stage area where it cant be seen or inadvertently kicked. The only wiring visible would be the cable from the stage box to the monitor. Additional connections are available for RCA cables, Cat5 cables (for digital personal monitoring systems), XLR, VGA (for connecting computers to projectors), AC, and virtually any other connection type you may need to fit your audio/visual needs.
While the advent of wireless microphone systems has helped to reduce stage clutter, they are not always the perfect answer. For example, it would certainly be possible to use wireless microphones for drums but it really wouldnt be practical. Also, some connections (like 110 volts AC) are not candidates for wireless replacement. In those cases where cables are unavoidable yet appearance is a concern, stage boxes may be your best option.
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