Seeking advise in setting up an outdoor event sound system
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    Seeking advise in setting up an outdoor event sound system

    I have setup sound systems for indoor spaces, but I am now tasked with setting up a system for an outside venue. The space I am working has an area of about one acre (43,560 square feet). The space is about as wide as it is long. The area is mostly surrounded by growths of large cottonwood trees. I am dealing pretty much with an open space within the trees.

    The requirements for what the system will be used for are pretty minimal. I only need a system for an announcer and other speakers. The performers will be using their own portable systems. The layout of the venue is that the performers will be in the middle of the space, with the audience sitting in a circle around the performers. The announcer has a stand on one side of the space, facing the center.

    I am thinking about two speakers being placed on either side of the announcer stand. But there are shade structures at the site which could be used to safely run cables to more speakers in the area. I don't know the issues with having a "surround sound" system outside and if there would be feedback issues with the announcer's mic.

    The system would only be in place during events and taken down when an event is over. The speakers would not have to be absolutely weatherproof as they are not to be permanently installed. But there are bugs and intermittent rain shower are an issue. So some weather protection in the speakers would be helpful.

    I am thinking of wanting to use tripod base, portable speaker poles. This would allow me the ability to experiment with speaker placement.I probably will never need more than four channels. I am leaning towards using a powered mixer, rather than a separate mixer board and amp. This would simplify moving the system around and space it would take up.

    So does anyone have suggestions as the wattage of amp power that would be required to fill the space and make the announcer understandable? Also, suggestions for specific models of speakers, mics, and powered mixers would be appreciate. I can send along more details about the venue and usage as needed.

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    Re: Seeking advise in setting up an outdoor event sound system

    Welcome to the forum.


    I'm not sure we'd be able to help much with your request.
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    Re: Seeking advise in setting up an outdoor event sound system

    That's what I would have suggested, the speakers that are pole mounted. We used to sell Shure and Electro-Voice, both are great and have powered mixers but on the more expensive end of things. However, you do get what you pay for. Some of the cheaper stuff claim 600 watts etc. and may do it if lightning strikes, or, reach rated powered in peaks with high distortion.

    You could maybe get away with two speakers but two more toward the back of the audience space would be great. I don't know if you meant actual surround sound, but no. it's stereo at best and mono would be fine.

    The speakers will, or should, be highly efficient, so you won't need huge power. How much I'd hesitate to guess, but it's better to have more than you need opposed to the other way.

    The microphone is important as well. Those using neodymium are good. If a single announcer, use a directional mic, Omni-directional will allow unwanted background noise and more prone to feedback.

    Peavey might be a good choice for value, bang for the buck. You should consult a music store that sells PA gear. They may have a formula to help with your power question.

    I hope this helped some, it's been a while since I've been involved in the business.
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    Re: Seeking advise in setting up an outdoor event sound system

    A pro audio forum might be a better place to ask that question.
    Try the Pro Sound Web Community.
    Read the sign-up FAQ first.

    http://forums.prosoundweb.com

 

 

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