Sound Design

The most important first step in designing a sound system is to qualify the uses of the facility and determine the sound system needs and requirements.

The first question to ask is

  • "When you walk into the room at different times of the day and different days of the year, what will be happening?"

The second question is

  • "Who will be putting the CD in the player, and where?"

This establishes the scope of system uses, the number of system users and the level of simplicity or sophistication required. It also helps to locate where the control system needs to be.

Based on the answers to these two questions I determine the best sound system solutions based on:

  1. Sound Quality
  2. Reliability of Equipment
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Open Architecture for future expansion

I focus on determining a core system that will accomplish 80-90% of the day-to-day needs and requirements for the space or venue. There will be some applications and times when additional equipment will be required - a system that works well for speech and moderate music playback is not going to do the "Battle-of- the-Bands" night. For these types of situations the system is designed to be augmented with larger loudspeakers. Sometimes this incorporates a portable system or components for use in multiple locations.

I also try to get multiple use out of the equipment itself, so for example, the podium mic(s) double as stage mics or for acoustic instruments; the main speaker becomes the central vocal focus for theatrical or musical productions.

This approach equates to cost-efficiency and value.

Typically, my design fees are more than covered by the savings realized.

For New Construction or Renovation

  • Establish venue use and qualify client's needs.
  • Review architect's drawings and specification.
  • Specify audio production systems electrical and wiring requirements.
  • Specify physical requirements for production equipment.
  • Establish general interface requirements for building and other production systems.
  • Draft sound and production systems designs.
  • Supervise bid process.
  • Supervise installation and commissioning.
  • Provide operational training and documentation.