console labeling

Why “Elongation” Matters In A Console Tape

Why “Elongation” Matters In A Console Tape

We’ve wriiten about console tape specs before, explaining why terms like “adhesion to steel” and “flatback” matter when evaluating a console tape. Another specification that deserves attention is the term “elongation”. Elongation is a fancy word to describe, in quantifiable terms, how “stretchy” a tape is.  Does it stay the same length and width when […]

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Dry Erase Board Labels?  Not Unless You Want To “Wear” Your Mix Home!

Dry Erase Board Labels? Not Unless You Want To “Wear” Your Mix Home!

I came across a discussion recently about mixer labeling on a pro sound forum.  A forum member had asked how other members labeled consoles when there were multiple acts with quick changeover times. One interesting response came from someone who had applied a piece of dry erase marker board to the label section of his […]

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Masking Tape = FAIL!

Masking Tape = FAIL!

Labeling your mixer with masking tape is pretty much the same as putting a sign on your back that says “I have no idea what I’m doing“. You only have to do this important job with masking tape once to understand what I am talking about. One reason that utility grade masking tape is so […]

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This Synthetic Rubber Adhesive Is Not For Cable Wrapping

This Synthetic Rubber Adhesive Is Not For Cable Wrapping

There are lots ways to secure coiled cable, including tape, but Shurtape 724 paper label tape is not one of them. The adhesive on this tape can interact with the natural rubber jacket on some cables, leaving a residue when the tape is removed. This residue is not a problem on surfaces like sound consoles […]

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Flatback?  That Just Means “Smooth”

Flatback? That Just Means “Smooth”

One of the descriptive phrases used for console tape is “flatback”.  There are a number of different types of paper tape that are described as flatback, and that phrase can mean different things, based on how the tape is to be used. When it comes to consolet tape, flatback lets the user know that the […]

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Good Console Tape-It’s All About The Adhesive

Good Console Tape-It’s All About The Adhesive

No adhesive residue and no damage to equipment surfaces are the hallmarks of a good console labeling product. Petroleum-based synthetic rubber adhesives are what gives good paper tape the ability to adhere firmly to console surfaces, yet be able to be removed cleanly with no adhesive residue and no equipment damage. Avoid any product that […]

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Console Tape- Is It the New Guitar Pick

Console Tape- Is It the New Guitar Pick

Flipping a few guitar picks into the crowd is a time honored way for a concert performer to honor a few audience members with a prized souvenir. After attending a recent concert, i happened to notice a couple of kids begging the sound man for the console tape used to label the mixer for that […]

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Console-Where Did That Word Come From?

Console-Where Did That Word Come From?

The term “console” (as a noun) is used in lots of different ways, but the most common seems to refer to some sort of control surface. Whether operating computers, playing video games or mixing audio sources (microphones, tape playback, etc.), the area that these applications refer to have a common beginning. The first use of […]

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Use Standard Label Abbreviations Known To All Sound People

Use Standard Label Abbreviations Known To All Sound People

Multi-act shows mean that multiple sound people will be using the same mixer and will need to make set changes as quickly as possible. Not having to completely re-label the mixer between acts can save lots of time and avoid confusion. Use of standard abbreviations for inputs both lets the next sound person know what […]

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Labeling A Personal Mixer?  You Might Need Narrower Tape

Labeling A Personal Mixer? You Might Need Narrower Tape

Personal monitor mixers, the ones that allow each performer to do their own monitor mix are popular, in part, because they are small. Both in terms of how they appear on stage and their portability, the small size makes them a great solution for getting a personal mix just for you. Because of their small […]

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