Dorset Sound & Communications

Sound system design for the 21st Century

Sound Tips
Site Interview for System Design

When we come out to your facility we want to listen to you and find out your objectives. No two groups have the same objective, facility, acoustic environment, or personnel. Your organization is distinct and a couple of boxes of equipment - System A or System B -  is not going to do the job effectively. A sound system is not a catalog item that allows us to pick a number or even a design out of thin air. Following are the considerations we will ask you about, test, survey and consider when tailoring a system to your organization. We want to know all your concerns before we develop a plan. Even so, a sound system is a considerable investment - 15-20 years potentially. It is normal to make revisions and refinements until we are able to provide you with a definitive system design to meet your goals. One of the things you should notice is that we spend almost as much time educating our prospects as we do suggesting solutions. We will adapt the issues, vocabulary and principles of system design and use to your experience level. The more you understand, the more you can help us satisfy you.


Things to think about that we need to know:

  • Facility architecture - fan, rectangular, cruciform, balcony, annexes, arches, classrooms, extension spaces...
  • Facility Acoustics - ceiling height, absorption (carpet, plaster, wood, marble, drapes), reflections, reverberation, focusing...
  • Facility seating or use patterns - pews, theater, multi-purpose, athletic...
  • Facility space availability - storage, equipment location, wire chases, attic, basement...
  • Client objectives - House of worship, business, retail, athletic...
  • Client use patterns - Daily, weekly, occasional, constant...
  • Client program format - Background, performance, contemporary, traditional, gospel, announcement...
  • Client personnel experience or availability - Experienced, inexperienced, no operators...
  • Client budget - Helpful to know, to keep quality levels comparable...
  • Client time constraints - Yesterday, holiday, construction pre-planning, long term budgeting...

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