I approach a sound system (re)design from a purely scientific point of view. The scientific side of the arts sciences line is about tonal equality instead of tonal quality.
As long as linear components, free from distortion and artifacts, are used, tonal quality is being decided by what's going in. The sound system functions as a delivery system.
"Het was bijzonder om te merken dat Merlijn niet alleen vanuit zijn “skills” te werk ging, maar heel gevoelig was voor de inbreng van onze wensen. We zijn dan ook tot outside-the-box oplossingen gekomen die maken dat de Main Hall van het Patronaat een bijzonder passende geluidsinstallatie heeft gekregen, inzetbaar voor alle toepassingen. Vanaf het moment van oplevering tot ieders tevredenheid."
(It is noticeable that Merlijn does not work from his “skills” exclusively but also was very susceptible to our wishes. We achieved outside-the-box solutions that provided the Main Hall of the Patronaat with a perfectly tailored sound system. Suitable for all applications and to everybody’s content from the moment of commissioning.)
- Benno Linnemann -
Head of Sound Patronaat Haarlem (NL)
Sound Engineer: Hans & Candy Dulfer & Edwin Evers Band
This universal way of working doesn't force the use of a specific brand or type of loudspeaker. As an independent consultant, I am not affiliated with any manufacturer, importer, distributor or rental company. Consequently, I am able to choose the best products required by the circumstances and with your best interests in mind.
The image below shows the design process from "concept" to "realization".
There's no magic bullet. As soon as you start using more than one speaker, compromise is inevitable but a fundamental understanding of the physics of acoustics allows for a suitable solution.
Certain kinds of interaction between speakers can be neutralized in the electrical domain, by using specific optimizable speaker configurations.
The best solution within your means can be found through e.g. acoustical prediction software.
I use a dual channel FFT analyzer for optimizing the system. This enables me to take multiple measurements at carefully chosen representative positions so I can verify if the system performs as designed and to make adjustments if necessary.
A good design or revision of an existing design comes from informed decisions. I'm not trying to convince you of something. The right information and when necessary a little bit of education will provide us with the insight to achieve a successful design.
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