Performing Arts Venues
Sound Image services a wide range of Performing Arts Venues. Most of our work has been done in venues that are affiliated with colleges, universities, and community centers.
Regardless of their size or status, all of our Performing Arts clients require elegant, high-quality, easy-to-use AV Systems. Typically, we are asked to provide designs and integration for concert venues, musical theaters, dramatic stages, or multi-purpose facilities.
We recognize that the operational requirements in a Performing Arts Venue (PAV) are wide-ranging. Today your venue may only need to have one operational microphone; tomorrow you may need to support a full stage and technical crew to control lights, cameras, multiple wired and wireless microphones, and more.
At SI, we know that beyond the basic Audio, Video and Control requirements, there is a great deal more that goes into managing venues like these. More often than not, the ultimate goal in this market segment is to build and maintain a venue that can support the widest possible range of events and performances. In most cases, a venue that can accommodate a diverse programming agenda will book more calendar dates; ultimately making the property more viable and profitable.”
In order to meet the widest range of requirements, PAV’s must consider the quality and flexibility of these primary technical systems: sound, acoustics, video, control, lighting and staging. The proper integration of each of these aspects requires specialty vendors such as Sound Image. Because every one of these disciplines is so specialized, we limit our focus to sound, acoustics, video and control, while deferring the lighting and staging to others.
Introducing a New Technological Solution
One of the most interesting and cutting-edge technologies available to the PAV market is often described as electronic “variable acoustics” (VA). Consider this; apart from the room acoustics, all aspects of the technical systems listed above are adjustable, via real-time human interaction. Today we have the tools to bring a room’s acoustics under control as well.
In recent years the explosion of digital signal processing technology has allowed manufacturers to explore the manipulation and management of room acoustics via electronic components and systems. This technology is sufficiently established enough to say that electronic VA solutions are now an extremely viable option.
To be specific, when someone mentions electronic VA, they are talking about adding and managing some amount of man-made reverberation in a room. Reverberation is often correlated with the acoustical quality of a venue. It is the smooth, dense, and audible decay of sound energy that bounces around in the enclosed space after it has left an instrument, voice or sound reinforcement system.
Each type and style of performance is expressed best when delivered in a room with complimentary reverberation characteristics. Examples are:
Because of the complexity of this topic, it would take far too much time and space to explain the subject in greater detail, but here are some basic takeaways for your information and consideration.
If you have a Performing Arts Venue that is being constrained by its acoustical characteristics, you may want to give serious consideration to adding an electronic VA system.
Electronic VA systems are but one of the modern AV technologies that Sound Image integrates with significant knowledge and experience. If you are facing any these challenges alone, we would like to help. Our best results start with a conversation that outlines the needs, constraints and goals for your new systems.
If you would like to talk with one of our staff about your specific project needs, please see the “Contact Us” link in the top right corner of our webpage and reach out to anyone listed under California or Arizona Contracting. They will connect you with one of our sales engineers, estimators, or system designers.
Thank you for considering Sound Image. We look forward to hearing from you soon.