Selecting A Muséik Operator

Selecting A Muséik Operator

Muséik is a software platform that requires a human operator. The operator will "play" your digital files through the system, much like playing a musical instrument. Selecting the individual who will operate Muséik is an important step in planning a successful production.

Ion Concert Media carries dozens of synchronized films in its catalog. Many of these are quite simple to “perform” on Muséik and require little advanced preparation. Others are more challenging, especially for first-time operators. While it is absolutely true that a first-time operator can be successful synchronizing any of our titles, it is also true that as the performance difficulty of the media increases it becomes more imperative to select a good Muséik operator candidate and allow ample time for training and practice on the platform.


Muséik is not difficult to operate. Once the software is installed and configured it will likely take 20 minutes or less for a new operator to master the basics. Like any other musical instrument, each media file will require some practice to gain proficiency. Easier titles may require 2-3 run-throughs to master. More difficult titles may require a few hours of diligent practice. Over 90% of the titles in the Ion Content Library can be mastered by a first time user in less than 30 minutes. Even our most challenging titles can be performed successfully by a first time user if there is ample practice ahead of time.


Look for individuals with two skill sets:  1) some basic musical understanding and 2) comfort and ability around computers.

Muséik behaves exactly like a musical instrument. The operator will be set up on stage with the rest of the ensemble, will read a simplified score in real time and will watch the conductor or other musicians for tempo data in order to maintain the sync. A good Muséik operator should have some basic musical skills and an understanding of how to read non-verbal cues used in live performance. The ability to read music is preferred but not required. In general, a successful Muséik operator needs to possess a good musical sensibility.

Muséik is a computer program. When things go well the Muséik operator will simply need to open the program, load the file(s) and use the Tempo Slider to keep the sync. But when there is an issue the operator will need to know how to get around inside the computer's operating system. Extending displays, turning off screen savers and energy saving settings, silencing notifications, and using the file directory are all skills important for any Muséik operator to possess. An understanding of cables and signal converters is also helpful. But most critically, a successful Muséik operator will have the ability to stay calm if things go poorly and systematically troubleshoot to locate the issue. 


Start by looking inside your own ensemble or organization. Middle school and high school ensembles should not be afraid to assign the job to a trustworthy student. Remember - Muséik behaves exactly like a musical instrument so assigning a student to operate the platform will not rob them of a musical experience. Colleagues, TA's or assistant conductors are excellent candidates for more advanced presentations. 

If you want help locating an operator with some prior experience please check out the article "Active Muséik Operators".  Here you will find a complete list of Ion Certified Muséik Operators and Operators In Training.  Alternatively, drop us an email. We can help connect you with experienced Muséik operators in your region that may be willing to run your show.
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