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Below are steps involved in getting the Houghton HS Auditorium ready for scheduled events. In order to do this, you will need to have access to  the maintenance/athletic office, the auditorium itself, and the sound room in the back of the auditorium.


Grabbing Necessary Supplies

Most of the supplies you'll need are located in the auditorium already. This includes:

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Typically the only thing missing from the auditorium is a microphone and the cable to run the microphone into the system. You can find these two items in the Maintenance/Athletics office. This office is located down the hall from the superintendent's office, inside of the entryway for the superintendent's wing entrance. When you go into the office, you'll see a doorway on the back wall, towards the right. In there is a drawer with the microphone in it, which is labeled in the picture below. Inside you'll find a microphone, a screw-on holder for the microphone, and a number of different wires. The wire pictured below is the correct wire for the microphone setup.

Going Into the Auditorium

Once you have the supplies you need, you can head to the auditorium. The auditorium is located back down the hall from the maintenance office, just exit the office, turn left, and go straight until you see the doors for the auditorium on the left. Again, you'll typically need a key, or someone with a key, to get into the auditorium.

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You'll need access to the sound room in order to get microphones working in the auditorium. This is also where you'll find the house lights control.

Settings in the Sound Room

When you enter the sound room, to your right you'll find the light control, and on the wall next to the window you'll see the house lights control.

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If you look to the left instead, you'll find the audio system. This is where you'll turn on the microphone power. To do this, flip the switch labeled "Microphone power" so that the light next to the switch is on.

Setting up the Stage

The stage is typically empty and ready to be set up for an event. If it isn't empty, you'll need to discuss with the superintendent's office and/or maintenance to determine what can be done with the current setup.

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These boxes are labeled with what microphone ports they are. In the picture above, the microphone is plugged into mic1. This corresponds to the sliders you saw above in the sound room's audio system picture. If you need the sound to be higher, just slide up the corresponding microphone slider. Note to be careful with this with the computer connection. Try turning up the computer's volume before turning up the microphone port's volume, otherwise you may get some feedback.


Cleaning Up

After the event, you'll need to return the auditorium to how it was beforehand. If the computer cart was pushed out of the way, make sure it is put back where it was found. Same goes for the microphone stand. If the projector screen was put down, make sure to put it back up all the way. Make sure the projector is off as well. Also turn off the stage lights once you are done cleaning up the stage.

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