How to Set Up Sound Systems in Small Theatre

Setting up speakers in a small theatre can be a bit tricky, but with the right approach, you can achieve great sound quality. At APS Lighting, we provide theatres with the equipment they need for their sound systems in NH, but they still need to set them up.


Simple Steps for Speaker Setup

Here are some general guidelines to follow when setting up speakers in a small theatre:


  1. Start by determining the number of speakers you will need. A small theatre typically requires at least four speakers: two main speakers (left and right), a center speaker, and a subwoofer.
  2. Next, decide on the placement of the speakers. You should position the main speakers at the front of the theatre, equidistant from the center, and angled towards the seating area. The center speaker should be placed directly above or below the stage, and the subwoofer should be placed in a corner of the theatre. You want it to be out of the way and far enough away from the audience so that it doesn’t overpower them.
  3. Consider the type of speakers you will use. In-wall speakers are a popular choice for small theatres because they take up less space and can be easily hidden. However, if you want to achieve the best sound quality, you may want to consider using freestanding speakers.
  4. Make sure the speakers are properly calibrated. You can do this with a sound meter or a test tone generator to ensure that the speakers are all producing sound at the same level.
  5. Finally, test the sound quality. You should test it in several different ways. Get some actors to speak lines or sing. Hook up a computer or music player and test out some canned music. If you can, get some musicians to play through your new sound system as well. As you perform these tests, adjust the settings on your audio receiver or amplifier as needed.


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Sounds Systems in NH from APS Lighting

If you need speakers for a theatre of any size, come to APS Lighting. We supply all kinds of theatrical equipment in NH, including sound systems, lighting, projectors, and more.


Contact us at (800) 837-0005 or view our inventory online.


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