System Tuning

  • Your situation

    • You have a room – a space, be it a conference room, a dance hall a rehearsal studio, a theatre, whatever.  This space has an existing sound system.  Perhaps it’s old, or in a state of disrepair.  Perhaps it was recently installed, but you don’t trust the way the installers hooked it all up.  For whatever reason(s) you believe that it could be working better. 

  • What I would do

    • I’d talk with you and others who are acquainted with the space and the equipment.  I’d listen to your concerns about the discrepancy between your observations and your expectations of the system in question. We would discuss the needs of the space; what is it you need the space to be capable of?

    • I’ll compare the equipment that’s installed to the practical needs of the space.  It’s possible that they current needs don’t match the original needs when the gear had been installed.

  • How I would do it

    • I’d bring some equipment and thoroughly examine the system as it is.  I’d open cabinets, doors, drawers to look at how it’s all connected, electrically and physically to the space that it was designed to benefit.  I’ll take notes.  I’ll read your existing documentation (if there is any).  This is less about the individual user manuals for the pieces of equipment – it’s more about the reasons why they’re connected the way they are.  At this point I’m trying to understand the person who put it together, and their reasons for doing it the way they did.

    • Next, I’ll plug into the system, send my own test signals through it and record the sound generated by the system in the space, to study more in depth.

    • Where possible, I’ll use and adjust the existing gear, settings, parameters, programming, to better suit the needs of the space.

    • I may disconnect devices and reconnect in a differing configuration.

  • What I’d need

    • Depending on the complexity of the existing system, I could need a few hours to a few days in the space.  It’s possible I may need to return to the space after working on programming off-site. (No need to take up the space’s time doing much of the programming.  Much of it can be done elsewhere.)

    • Access to all the audio equipment that services the room in question, this could include equipment closets and other spaces not immediately adjacent to the room in question.

    • Access to or copies of the documentation left by those who installed the system.

  • What you’ll get

    • Any documentation you initially supplied will be returned.

    • A record of any settings as they were prior to my altering. (The ‘before’ picture.)

    • Documentation of any changed settings (The ‘After’ picture.)

    • Updated diagrams of how the equipment is interconnected.

    • If any DSP (Digital Signal Processors) receive updated programming by me, you’ll receive a backup copy of said program(s).

    • If any firmware is updated, you’ll receive a copy of the newer file(s).

    • As applicable, I’d suggest additional or replacement equipment, along with a short list of sources for same.

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