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What should the stage dB be? (Managing Stage Volume part 2)

Excellence in the Arts - by - June 29, 2009 - 15:45 Etc/GMT+5 - 2 Comments

“Should we have it at 95dB?” “They put it at 95 but that’s too loud.” “85?” “You should have heard them rockin, they pushed it to 105 the whole time.” “Where should we have it?”

The perception of stage volume, and the effect the stage volume has in the mix, cannot be set in a single Sound Pressure Level (SPL, measured in dB). The room acoustics, the musical style, the number of worshipers on stage, and the number of worshipers in the room — even the weather– all affect how a SPL will be perceived.

Room acoustics cannot be undervalued. Everything effects each other thing down the line. Of what materials is the room constructed? Is the stage floor wood, carpet? Are there stairs? What shape is the room? Where is the stage placed within the room? What style of music is being played? What type of lights? Yes, even lights affect the perceived loudness. Re-arranging the space and adding acoustical treatments should be considered when addressing loud stage volume.

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