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Handy PA Buying Guide For Houses Of Worship
So, you are in the market for PA equipment for your house of worship? With so many options out there shopping can be very difficult.
This is especially true when you aren't very familiar with professional audio equipment. Seismic Audio was founded upon the idea that
professional quality equipment shouldn't require a bank loan to purchase! We are going to touch on some of the basics of what you will
need to know to get the most out of your dollar, as well as touch on some frequently asked questions.
How many speakers do I need?
Well, this will depend predominately on the size of your house of worship and what type of source you will need to be amplifying.
For amplifying a public speaker in a smaller venue that will fit about 100-200 people, you will probably only need a
pair of mains. If you will be needing sound reinforcement for a band, you will probably not only need a
larger pair of mains, but floor monitors and possibly a set of subwoofers.
A larger hall with a 200-500 person capacity will require quite a bit more. Possibly two pair of mains,
two pair of subs, and enough floor monitors to insure all of your musicians will have a monitor. A general rule of thumb is to always
go with more than you think you will need. This ensures enough headroom so you will not have to push your equipment too hard and shorten
the life of your investment.
The number of speakers you need will depend on the size of your church and the acoustics. Please contact us if you need advice.
Call 1.877.347.6423 with any questions!
What are floor monitors?
Floor monitors are trapezoidal shaped speaker enclosures that allow the musician to hear themselves and the other musicians on stage.
Think for a moment on how most of your PA system will be aimed at the audience. If all of your speakers are pointed out to the crowd,
how are the musicians going to hear what is going on when they are behind the mains? Floor monitors won't require
as much power as they are putting sound out a musician standing a couple of feet in front of it. For medium to large stages a floor monitor
with at least a 12" driver is essential. 15" floor monitors are great for sources with more bass, such as drums,
bass guitar, and keyboards.
How much power do I need? / What kind of amplifiers will I need?
You will generally want to power your system by the sum of each enclosure's total RMS wattage rating. So, if you have two pair of
mains with each enclosure rated at 450 watts RMS, you will need a power amplifier that can at least supply 1800 watts.
This, of course, will depend on how you intend on configuring your PA system. If you have a fairly large set up chances are you will
need multiple power amps. One way of configuring your system would be to have a power amp for your subs, a power amp for you mains,
and an amp for your monitors. This configuration would provide the most flexibility and control over your PA.
What kind of cables will I need?
Well, virtually all modern professional audio equipment will have either 1/4" TS connections or speakon connections. We recommend
sticking with speakon cables as they are the most rugged and tend to be quite a bit more durable. There are some
cases where you might need to go from a 1/4" connections to a speakon connection. Don't worry, we have a long list of speaker cables
with different connector configurations including 1/4" to speakon!
What is a stage snake and do I need one?
A stage snake is simply a cable that has multiple channels. Imagine a cable with up to 32 individual audio
cables inside that fan out to individual connectors. Snake cables are simply to keep you from having to run
multiple cables from your Front Of House mixer to your stage. If you have 8 or more channels that you will be using on your mixer
you will more than likely need a stage snake. We offer several different models that all feature different connector configurations
and lengths. Chances are if you need an audio snake we will have the one for you!
I have never heard of your company. Are your products good?
Seismic Audio has been providing professional audio products at dealer costs since 2000. We do not have dealers or affiliates in an
effort to keep our prices low for the musician and house of worship that is low in funds. We have received stellar reviews
on all of our products and continue to provide outstanding customer support with our 1 year warranty and our 30 day return policy.
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