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How to write a rider?

I do mostly engineering job at my own studio and other studios at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Occasionally, I work mixing FOH for some people that likes the way I work. The matter is that all that work is made in my home country where I know what to ask, where and how to ask it. The next year I will probably be on tour with a Tango Company in China, USA and UK. So, although I've already made some riders here, I would like some advice on how to make my rider to Sound Companies in other country's. Also, Do you have a Sample Rider?

Shows will take place mostly in theatres ( 1000-2000 people) the band is a Quintet (Piano, DoubleBass, Elek GTR, Violin, Bandoneon) and there will be Tango Dancers on Stage.

Any advice will be of great help.
Thank you in advance.

P.S.: I would like to post the Rider I already have but I don't know how. Any comments?


eFe Mon, 02/18/2008 - 07:19

Here is my sample rider.

Technical requirements

The following specifications are required for a comfortable and correctly amplified performance of the group. Any modification of the equipment referred in this list should be addressed to the manager to cover the group needs.

The system must provide a wide and coherent coverage of all the seats and should deliver 95 dB SPL as average level at the mixer position. The quantity and distribution of the equipment will be set according to the size and capacity of the place.
Reference: Meyer / Yamaha / JBL

The mixer should be placed in a convenient spot where there can be an acceptable audio reference of the show (facing the P.A. if possible, not hidden or under any balcony with a proper sight of the stage). Mixer with 24/4/2 outputs, fully parametric EQ, HPF, VCA, 6 monitor mixes y 2 FX sends.
Reference: Allen & Heath (GL Series) / Sony DMX-R100 / Soundcraft (5 Series) / Midas H3000

- 1 Stereo Parametric EQ (2 fully parametric bands, Low and Hi frequency shelving)
- 3 Compressors (UREI 1176 / dbx266 / dbx 160 / dbx166)
- 1 Yamaha SPX 90
- 1 Lexicon MPX1 / M480

- 5 Graphic EQ (1/3 octave) each one inserted on a monitor mix.
- 5 Floor monitors each one in a different mix.

Acoustic Grand Piano: Yamaha CIIIS / Yamaha C7
Electric Piano: Yamaha
Guitar amps: Poly-tone Mini brute Series, Roland Jazz Chorus, Roland Cube60, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Fender Blues Jr., Mesa Boogie, VOX AC30.

Also, the group needs 3 benches or chairs without armrests. There must be at least 1 AC outlet for the guitar amp.

(Following this text there is a scheme of the scenario)

(Then the list of channels with their source, what is inserted in the channel, the type of boom and the mic)

I would appreciate some critics

Thank you

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