In the event that your band tours or often perform at a particular venue, it will be wise to provide bookers, club owners, and live-sound engineers with a precise stage plot and info list well ahead of time of your show.

What is a stage plot?

A stage plot is a graphical representation that shows what your onstage setup will look like when you perform live. That is what you place in front of an audience, what equipment you use, and some other helpful information.

Creating a Stage Plot

Most bands use a professional service to make a stage plot. There are sites that can help you make a stage plot also. Be that as it may, it is also possible to create basic working one on your own. It is a decent skill to have on the off chance that you work with a band. It will be useful when you don’t have much before the show goes live.

Here are some common denominations for the stage setup

  • To represent the drums set use circles
  • Draw/place an X inside a circle for microphones
  • Use rectangles to denote amplifiers
  • Use triangles for stage wedges
  • Put representations for guitars, keyboards, woofers, DJ stations etc.

Once you have identified the various symbols to be used for differentiating stuff, then go ahead and create a stage plot. It is somewhat similar to making a guide. You ought to have some fundamental visualization in your mind before you put it on paper. Also, you can come up with several draft copies before you choose the final design

By now you are probably thinking this is easy and you can do it yourself. Uh! Let me stop you right there. Developing a stage plot is not as easy as you might think. Can you do one for your kid’s birthday in your backyard? Sure. Some people may actually be good at making one.

However, most will find it difficult when they really sit down to design one. Some have trouble drawing while others can’t seem to understand how to arrange equipment properly in order to ensure proper flow and transition on stage. That’s why you need to use a stage plot site that will provide you with easy to use tools. Usually, all you need to do is to drag and drop instruments on a virtual stage. Plus these sites provide you with the option to send the stage plot to other members for approval.