Rules of thumb for good sounding events
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Rules of thumb for good sounding events

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This guide shows you how to achieve the best connection and audio coverage with your SOWA system.

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How many speakers do you need?

A benefit of SOWA systems is that you can create bigger events by simply adding more speakers. You don't have to play louder. As a rule of thumb for speech events, four speakers can cover a room about 10x20 meters.

Consider when deciding how many speakers you need:

  • size of the room (distance)
  • indoors or outdoors (indoors require less speakers per square meter)
  • background noise (silent conference venue or noisy hotel lobby?)
  • how reverberant is your room? (e.g. a church benefits from having more speakers playing at lower volumes)

Cover the crowd

Loudspeakers are mostly "directional", meaning they need to be pointed at something.

The speakers are heard well within a 60º cone shape in front of them, sounding best towards the center of the cone.

Consider where your audience will be. Make sure that speakers point towards a meaningful location.

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strategy for covering crowd from two sides.
strategy for covering crowd from two sides.
Strategy for covering a room from only one side.
Strategy for covering a room from only one side.

How to secure good connection

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Although SOWA systems have a very powerful wireless connection between them, all wireless connections are limited by range.

To achieve best wireless connection, extend the speaker-stands all the way, so the speakers are lifted above the heads of the audience, or place the speakers on on shelves, or in locations that are not obstructed by walls or other structures.

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