Let us improve the performance of your A-V system, plan improvements, resolve problems or evaluate bids.

We also provide a hands-on mentoring program to get your technicians started, gain experience and/or learn specific skills.

System Design:

We have met with many groups (churches, schools, bands, theaters, conference centers, videography studios, and recording studios) to help improve A-V systems.

We begin by assessing the venue and the types of programs that are planned or anticipated.  Defining the goals of a system is the first key to crafting an A-V system that will meet your needs.

The next step is creating a budget and then configuring a system that is well balanced.  That means that no one component of the system will limit the remaining components performance. Many times we have seen expensive systems that lack an essential component or have a quality limiting component.  A system is only as good as the weakest link.  A twenty-dollar microphone on a fifty thousand dollar system will sound like a cheap system.

Since we do not sell equipment or install it we can provide a completely unbiased opinion for your system design.  We can help design your system from the ground up, review system expansion plans or analyze bids for your system. We can also help you identify good sales and installation professionals.

System Performance:

Making sure your system is properly configured and set for your use is important.  The more capability a system has the more complex it can be to get the sound you are looking for.

We can use computer based real-time room analysis to examine everything from your room acoustics, to speaker placement, speaker frequency response, room coverage and feedback control.  This is beneficial for tuning your system in, as the human ear cannot calibrate a system as accurately as the computer.

We can trouble shoot specific system problems or limitations and potentially avoid costly equipment repairs or replacement.

 

Technician Training:

Any system is only as good as the technician operating it.  We can help your technicians learn everything from the basics to the most advanced A-V applications.  Training can be provided at your location utilizing your equipment or we can arrange for a variety of settings in which to learn audio engineering.  Programs are generally custom-designed for the needs of the learner. We also have a contract with a major university and provide a 14 credit hour hands on program for their students completing a 4 year degree in music/recording technology.

PROGRAM MODULES

– Audio Language/ Terminology

– Anatomy of human perception of sound

– Basic Physics of sound

– Audio applications:

  • Interpreting system specifications
  • Managing speaker placement, matching speakers with amps and cross over networks
  • Microphone selection and placement
  • Audio system configurations
    • Equipment placement
    • Setup considerations, Wiring options and implications
    • Electrical considerations and requirements

– Mixer basics

– Graphic Analyzers and Equalizers

– Compressors and Limiters

–  Effects:

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Chorus
  • Flange
  • Noise Gates
  • and many others

– Audio for:

  • Concert
    • Indoor (various venues and acoustical challenges)
    • Outdoor
  • Multimedia (Video, movies, PowerPoint)
  • Theater
  • Presenters (Educators, Key note speakers)
  • Recording
    • Two Track- Stereo
    • Multi-Track
  • Simultaneous recording and reinforcement

– Reading and writing technical riders

– Creating business forms for studio and audio operations

– Resources for audio/ multi-media, lighting