Sometimes sound mixing in specialized environments require that you work in the dark. Even a small console light is more than the event manager will allow for certain dramatic parts of a show.
When this happens, small pieces of glow tape fixed to critical controls on the console can help you grab the right knob in the dark.
Just a sliver of glow-in-the-dark tape affixed to a critical fader handle or mute switch will make sure that you hit the mark, even when the mix position is in black out mode.
It has an adhesive that is safe for expensive electronics and can be re-positioned to another point on the mixer for later use.
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Now the man at the mix position can have a little bling of his own. Instead of just a regular Sharpie Marker, how about a shiny stainless steel marker?
The Sharpie Stainless Steel marker has the same fine point design that most mixers prefer when marking a console, but it comes with a stainless steel barrel and is refillable, using the same waterproof, smear proof and fade resistant ink.
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Neon artists tapes from Pro Tapes and Specialties have the ability to glow when exposed to ultraviolet light, adding a new feature to those who do sound in environments where black light is used.
These tapes still use the high quality adhesive that is designed to remove cleanly and leave no residue and they can be written on with Sharpie Markers with no print through or bleed.
The Sanford Sharpie Marker is the industry standard for labeling sound consoles and other electronic gear. Every well-prepared tech has one in his pocket.
When you use properly coated label tape like Shurtape P724, then Sharpie bleed through (bleeding through the tape and onto the equipment).
The problem comes when, usually in the dark, you overshoot the label tape with your labeling and get ink on the equipment. It is designed to dry quickly, so unless you wipe it almost immediately, it is there to stay.
If you want to remove it, the best solution is to rub it very gently with a soft, clean rag and some acetone (available at the hardware store).
Take extra care when working on or around screened surfaces that have text, numbers and other information printed directly on the equipment.
With a little care, you can have the equipment looking brand new.
One of the best things about Shurtape 724 label tape is that it is hand tearable-no tools required.
Unfortunately, what it does not do is tear straight. Not needing a tool is great, but using scissors to cut your console tape does more than just give you a nice straight line.
By cutting it and giving it a crisp edge, you minimize the chance of moisture or contamination creeping under the tape, which will eventually cause it to curl and peel off.
Since most sound people have a tool box within easy reach all the time anyway, the addition of a small pair of scissors is worth the extra weight.