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Turn it Down! (Managing Stage Volume, part 4)

Excellence in the Arts - by - August 12, 2009 - 07:20 Etc/GMT+5 - 2 Comments

What is the solution to the problem of too high of a sound level on the stage? “Turn it down” of course. We all know that is easier said than done in reality, and have already looked at some of the reasons why.  The next step then is to start working through these issues and “turning down” the volume.

What are the loudest sound generators on the platform?  What keeps the worship team members from being able to hear what they need to hear?  Guitar Amp?  Drums? or something not even musically related – baptismal pump or HVAC system maybe?

Identifying the loudest sources and addressing them one at a time can help a team make incremental improvements in their sound and help control the stage volume levels.  The solution / methods involved will vary based on the worship style, the stage setup, finances and the willingness of all the team members to work together.

Reduce competing sounds from the environment. Then everyone limit his sound at the source, keeping levels at a point where they can hear those around them naturally where possible. Use dynamics by making the norm lower, so that there is room to go both louder and softer.  This will help lower the overall sound level buildup on the platform and improve clarity of sound. There are many tools that can be used to accomplish this, and we will take a closer look at that next time.

Next: Control What You Have

Part 3: Personalities and their Preferences
Part 2: What should the stage dB be?
Part 1: Managing Stage Volume Levels


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