How Can A PA System Sound Great & Be Free From Noise?

 

387303_279765718742928_147215715331263_934328_974979032_nA PA System can sound good if it has been designed, installed  & tuned well.  It also has to be operated by competent PA personnel as well as stage performers.  The system should also have periodic maintenance & faulty parts replaced to be at optimum performance.    Scroll through the list below and see if you have these issues.

Acoustics

  • You can’t hear the singer/preacher consonants.  Words become ambiguos.  Grace sounds like Gray?
  • does it have a lot of early reflections or sound noisy?  Sound in shop lot size halls with 2.5m – 3.5m ceiling height behave like that.  Halls with reflective surfaces too (plaster ceiling/glass/wall partition & tile flooring)
  • does the hall sound echo-ey and with reverb?  does it sound like a basement of a carpark? or perhaps like an empty house? A person may be talking with you from 3m away and you can’t hear clearly
  • can you hear outside noises in your hall? noises from traffic, rain, thunder, air-con or even children playing outside the hall
  • does your microphones sound bright and metallic? or maybe it sounds the opposite dull and unclear?

Sound System Design & Maintenance

  • Volume is loud in front and soft at the back of hall.  Alternatively, it is clear in front and unclear at the back or vice versa
  • Sound is uneven in volume or tone from section to section.
  • At some seats, the sound is not clear
  • There are buzzing and noises that are constant
  • There are static noise from time to time
  • There is lack of bass or treble or mid
  • Sound system has not been tuned for more than a year.  Tuning has to be done by spectrum analysis & sound engineer
  • There is intermittent sound.  Sound comes on and off

PA Operation & Stage Worship Team

  • Various PA Personnel hears things differently?  Sound every week fluctuates in quality?
  • PA personnel not alert nor prepared.  Slow to switch on the microphone?  Abrupt cut to music from video clips?
  • PA personnel unsure of the use of gain structure, eQ, compressor, etc
  • Sound causes distraction.  It could be sound changing in real time as the service is going on.  It could be one particular instrument is too loud.
  • Unwanted microphone noises/popping/feedback loop?  This is usually caused by untrained microphone users.  Yes, pastors & singers need to be trained on proper usage
The list is non technical & non exhaustive.  The issues are common and can be easily overcome.  You may have other issues and we would be glad to help you solve them.

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