Hey everyone! Trevor here. I wanted to take the time to highlight one of the services we offer: that is venue specific frequency analysis and correction. Ok, ok. That’s was just the fancy way to say room tuning! But while that was a fancy way to say that, it is a very accurate description of what we do when we come “SMAART” your room!
This is a topic that I am super passionate about, so I’ll try not to get too nerdy about it and just explain the basics to you! Using pink noise, (wait, you don’t know what pink noise is?? Click here to find out!), the SMAART software, and a reference mic, we are able capture data about the PA and what the room dynamic is doing to effect different frequencies of sound.
Now, stay with me as this is where the tricky part happens. See, getting that data is easy, the hard part is taking the data and being able to decipher what it means. After understanding what it means, we then take the correct steps to “tune” the room! This is where I get to work my magic!
In addition to completing the full SMAART course through Rational Acoustics, I have spent many hours analyzing data from different rooms and learning the best way to take that data and apply it to real world applications. But the best part is that, even though I have tuned many rooms, it is always a learning process!
But here’s my favorite part about the whole process! When we are done tuning the room, I get the chance to educate you about what your room is going to sound like! We had a perfect example of this not too long ago. We were in a venue that had a large back curved drywall wall and brick side walls. This, along with where the speakers were mounted, created some frequencies that were just impossible to tune-out of a mix.
We were able to give this information to their tech team and with that knowledge and training, the Font Of House engineer was able to craft a mix that avoided some of those offending frequencies caused by the design of the building.
This is why I get super excited and nerdy about this topic! You see, for many years I was a volunteer FOH engineer for my church. And even just having that bit of information could have helped me so much in how I created my mix! I love being able to give knowledge to the people running the consoles in those rooms and helping them to create and craft the best mix they can.
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