AES New York 2019
Sound Reinforcement Track Event SR10

Saturday, October 19, 3:30 pm — 5:00 pm (1E12)


Sound Reinforcement: SR10 - Seven Steps to a Successful Sound System Design

Josh Loar, Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI, USA; The Producers Group - Burbank, CA, USA

Sound systems are getting more complex every day. In the era of digital audio, network-enabled devices, and complex interdependent show control, developing a sound system design can feel like a daunting task. Josh Loar (author of The Sound System Design Primer available from Focal Press/Routledge) presents a systematic, seven step process for designing any sound system that demystifies the process, and allows the prospective designer to make logical choices, and maximize the elegance and efficiency of the technical solutions chosen. Loar introduces a question and answer process for the designer that allows them to parse the system needs in any gear category—identifying what specs are most relevant to the work of the designer, and what questions a designer must ask and answer in the process. Additionally, Loar discusses the differing needs of various classes of system, from live theater and concert systems, to studio and production systems, to theme parks, casinos, and other installed systems.

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