Chances are you have heard the blood-curdling or gut wrenching screech that takes place when the microphone is not connected the right way to a speaker, or if it is connected to the wrong speaker. This horrible sound, as well as a number of other audio malfunctions, has the ability to completely ruin an otherwise perfect event.
Avoiding these errors requires some diligence and a quality professional sound and audio team. This is the only way to ensure these issues do not arise.
Consider Potential Sound Restrictions
Prior to your team making any type of decision regarding the audio technology in place, be sure to consider the surroundings at the venue. Location will play a huge part in the way that sound is received and transmitted. Some things that need to be looked at when evaluating the venue include:
- Height of the ceiling: High ceilings amplify sound; however, this is not always desirable for the event. Be sure to take note of what needs to be done to minimize the potential of unwanted echoes.
- Texture of the walls: Sound can travel quickly through solids. If the venue has marble or glass walls, then standard systems should be sufficient; however, for outdoor events, consider a system that is strong enough to travel over wide and open spaces.
Sound Type Needed
Once you have taken the location of the event into consideration, it is important to think about the event’s purpose. Different speakers will work for different types of events. For example, rock concerts and press releases will not require the same type of speaker. Be sure that you determine the type and location of speakers carefully to achieve the sound that is wanted. In some cases, utilizing the services of a technology management team can be beneficial.
Distribution of Sound
The bottom line is that you need to be able to evenly distribute the sound around the room. You don’t what it to be too loud in one section, while the people in another are straining to hear what is going on. Take steps to spread the sound out, especially if the venue is larger and going to be crowded with people. In some cases, it may be a good idea to use stacked speakers to provide better coverage for the space.
Taking the time to consider these factors will help you achieve quality sound for your event.