Sound equipment simplified

 

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The band you have chosen for your performance might rock and the speakers you have lined up may offer life changing insights but, without the right sound equipment, no one will ever know it. It is easy to become discombobulated when sound engineers start throwing around technical terms, but the following descriptions should give you a sound understanding of the basic equipment required for any event.

  • Microphones:

A microphone (also called a mike) converts the sound of a voice or an instrument into electronic signals, which are then sent to an amplifier or effects box.

  • Amplifiers

Amplifiers modify and project sounds. Some instruments, such as electric guitars, can be plugged directly into amplifiers, while others must be amplified via a microphone. Sound engineers also use amplifiers to add sound effects to music.

  • Audio lines

Audio lines are metal wires wrapped in rubber that take electrical signals (from microphones or instruments) to other pieces of equipment.

  • Monitors

Monitors are special speakers that allow performers and sound engineers to monitor the overall audio of a performance.

  • Mixing boards

These are control panels with lots of knobs and buttons for controlling the sound qualities coming from the amplifier.

Generally, the better the quality of the sound equipment you use for your event, the better the quality of the sound will be. Equally important, however, are the hands working with this equipment – the best amplifiers and mixing boards are useless in the hands of an incapable sound engineer. A good events coordinating company will make sure that you get a highly capable sound engineer or DJ, with equipment that is just right for your function. Don’t hesitate to make yourself heard if you are not entirely happy with the sound quality – you know your stuff now, after all!

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