Hope I´m doing this right, since it´s my first time here as a registered member. Before I reach out my hand to all you great people here & ask for help & guidance, I just feel like saying THANK YOU to both Ken Tamplin himself (and his "crew") for being so amazing & dedicated to help us all sing better & beyond, but also a great big THANK YOU to everyone in this forum (both the ones who read this & the ones who don´t) - I find it so wonderful to know there´s a place like this, where all us music-lovers, singers, performers, artists, dreamers & whoever else is passionate about all the music magic can connect with one another; it feels like a safe place compared to so many other sites & forums, where musicians are anything but friendly or serious or honest. So super cool all these good people have each other, kinda like "one big happy music family club".
Well, having said that, I wonder if anyone can tell me something about the sound that comes out of a stage monitor, in contrast to regular speakers. The reason I ask, is because I´ve never had the privilege of being on stage with professional equipment yet, but in one month from now I will be in front of such, performing a few of my own songs for the first time with a sound engineer, too, and all the rest that´s needed (since I don´t have a band, the music will be a backing track from my laptop). I have no idea what brands I´ll have as to all the equipment, nor do I know if the sound engineer is a good/professional one. I´m afraid I don´t know very much about all the technology/equipment/settings, but I´ve pre-asked the renting company to make sure I can have a professional live sound (I really like a vocal effect like a bit of reverb/echo/delay or something, a bit like when you record your vocals in a recording studio, but don´t know if he´ll understand). There may even be communication problems, since this will be in a different country where English isn´t something everyone masters perfectly, if at all. It´s a bit of a risk on a personal level, this coming "performance" of mine, since it´s a private one for my best friend for 20 years, who´s throwing a birthday party at a restaurant; she has no idea what I´m planning and I´ve also written a song for her, so if my nerves take over on the day, it´s bad enough, but if the equipment & sound engineer fail to deliver a good sound, oh my, I´ll embarrass my best friend, her family, her friends, the restaurant & all other guests... In other words, that just can´t happen, it´s GOT TO be a positive experience for everyone - me, included. I´m practicing on a daily basis for several hours, using a microphone, laptop & regular speakers & mixer with a bit of reverb, plus of course also doing my "Tamplin homework", but I can´t practice with proper equipment until a few hours before the "show" on the day of the party.
Any advice on monitors/live sound/vocal settings with reverb or echo or delay/soundcheck - and/or any other piece of advice for someone who´s mighty nervous for not being good enough, but wants to do anything to succeed in surprising her friend in a positive way?