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Design

While it is important to know how to use the individual components of a sound system, it is very important to know how to design an entire sound system for a particular show. When working in a theatre environment, it is also very important to know how to create sound effects that complement the production.

The nature of the effects dictate the type of sound system needed. For example, if mostly quiet, ambient effects are needed, a huge concert-sized sound reinforcement system is not needed. Conversely, if explosions are supposed to shake the seats of the audience, a tiny pair of speakers will not do the job well. Ideally, one designs and creates the sounds to fit the play, and the sound system to fit the nature of the sound effects.



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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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