Even though the overwhelming majority of people that attend the viewings at theaters – either screened movies or light entertainment – usually zero right in on the visual entertainment they are enjoying, the audio setup can quite literally make or break a performance or showing.
This is why theaters take their investment in top-quality audio systems – including DJ tools and equipment – so seriously!
The odds are pretty good that you may not have even noticed the quality of the sound equipment in your local theater, and that’s by design. The best sound equipment is only going to improve the performance or the showing while remaining “invisible” – it’s bad sound equipment or faulty sound equipment in a theater that you notice!
Here are just some of the critical elements that most theaters have as part of their audio equipment set up!
Powerful and integrated speaker systems
Because theaters are always designed with acoustics in mind it doesn’t take nearly as many speakers as you may think to fill a theater with sound – but that doesn’t mean that there are only four or five speakers driving the experience the way that they would in your living room!
No, you are usually going to find theaters deploying at least 10 different speakers (and sometimes far more than that) to provide the kind of quality sound experience necessary. These speakers are almost always integrated with one another to produce rich sound throughout the theater, though there may be “solo” speakers set up for specific situations or specific sound effects.
A quality PA system
Theaters that specialize in live productions are always going to have quality PA system elements built into the heart of their audio equipment.
Performers will almost always be “mic’d up” for sound, and even those that are able to project their voice naturally usually take advantage of this technology to make sure that even those in the “cheap seats” get the same experience as close sitting right up front.
These PA systems are quite different than the ones you’ll find in commercial setups, and they have almost always been run through a variety of professional sound filters to make sure that they produce EXACTLY the kind of sound that the performer was hoping for.
Acoustic materials throughout
This is one element of quality theater are will put that a lot of people overlook, and it’s because these materials are designed to be as invisible as humanly possible.
As we mentioned above, all theaters are constructed with acoustics in mind. Not only are the design of these theaters tailored to funnel sound throughout the theater itself, but the materials used are also chosen to either in advance the acoustics or to “deaden” the sound that would otherwise interfere with the performance.
There is a reason why the walls of theaters are lined with fabric like material, and it isn’t because of any design aesthetic. It’s to improve the acoustics of the theater itself, and a major part of all theater audio equipment deployments.