One of the things most prized about a Sharpie Marker when labeling a console is that it is indelible. It quickly dries and once it does it is indelible. You can sweat on it, spill on it and rub your hands across it and your labels remain eligible.
Unfortunately, lots of console labeling is done in the dark and sometimes things get Sharpie ink on them when that was not your intention.
Here’s a link to a page of handy tips about removing Sharpie marks from places you don’t want them.
Our favorite remedy is to use toothpaste!
We know that every sound person has a Sharpie in his pocket for console labeling, but his guy gakes the Sharpie way beyond just mixer marking.
Moose Cates, from our own home town in North Carolina, has chosen the Sharpie as the medium for some amazing art work.
Click here to see some of his art work.
Tape on event sites has a tendency to grow legs and walk away. It is useful, portable and generic.
If you want to make sure you hang on to your console marking tape until the last inch is used, take your Sharpie Marker and write your name on the inside of the hub. That way, no one can say “I thought it was mine”.
One sign that a singer has “made it” is a custom bejeweled microphone that is theirs and theirs alone. Snoop Dog to Beyonce to Diddy. They all have mics that are customized for just them.
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.
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.
Tape specs and descriptions tend to be a little mysterious (e.g. “adhesion to steel”), and the description of Shurtape 724 includes one of those terms.
The term is “flatback”.
What this refers to is the smooth “flat” finish for the non-adhesive side of the tape. The most popular paper tape is masking tape, and it has a “creped” textured finish as opposed to being smooth.
Being “flatback” means that 724 paper tape has a smooth surface for writing or printing. This is one of the features that makes it so compatible with the Sharpie Marker every sound or lighting tech has in his pocket.
For a limited time, we’ll throw in the sound man’s favorite tool-A Sharpie Marker for console labelingHB with any order of $300 or more.
$300+ orders are also eligible for an automatic 5% discount applied at checkout.
Get ’em while they last. Click here to order.
Trying to figure out where the other end of a cable in a bundle of computer wires can be a real headache. They run behind the desk, around the corner and to the back of a dark computer. They all look the same and when you’re not watching they seem to multiply on their own.
Before you cable a new computer, create labels for both ends of the cable so that they are easy to trace.
Take two short pieces of Shurtape 724 paper tape and wrap them around each end of the cable so that they adhere sticky side to sticky side. Cut the ends so that they are clean.
Using a Sharpie Marker, label each end of the cable with the same information so that you will know what each wire is supposed to do.
The Sharpie Marker is the instrument of choice for marking sound mixing consoles that are labeled with paper label tape.
The Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) certifies these markers to be safe and to contain no toxic materials in levels that could be injurious to humans.
This certification says that that the markers should be considered non-toxic for “normal use”. One of those uses is labeling on paper products.
I monitor a lot of forums related to live concert production and recently came across a discussion of the best thing to use for labeling mixing consoles.
One forum poster recommended using strips of dry erase material and then immediately followed up with the comment that he was constantly erasing the markings with his hands when using the mixer.
So, you’re erasing the strips, your hands are covered with marker ink and you are recommending this method to others?
The whole point of dry erase material is that, when used with the proper marker, it can be quickly erased and used again.
I remember needing to use a dry erase board once, and I couldn’t find a dry erase marker, so I reached into my pocket and pulled out a Sharpie Marker (every good sound person has one) without ever giving it a second thought.
Needless to say, Sharpies are not “dry erase” and now my whiteboard is totally useless.
Dry erase is definitely not the way to go.