Choosing the right amplification
Have you ever attended a wedding where the celebrant´s words cannot be heard with clarity and the acoustic music is just a faint whisper in the back ground?
Wedding Music should accompany the celebration as a soundtrack colours our favourite movies. Music should surround our guests and reward them with unique emotions than further uplift the wedding spirit.
At ceremonies we generally like to have acoustic wedding music performed with violins, guitar cello, vocals and other similar instrumentation. As a rule, in relation to sound amplification, I strongly urge to reinforce the natural acoustic sound and spread it towards the guests. Avoid having one focal point where the music screams from. Amplify so the music can surround the audience and create the desired acoustic wedding ceremony As a consequence the musicians will play with an increase in dynamic range further contributing to the overall enjoyment of the wedding ceremony.
The minimum required amplification level will be determined by the type of indoor venue or outdoor setting, the number of guests and common sense based on basic knowledge of how sound travels and interacts with objects in it´s path.
Let‘s consider that the celebration will take place in a large church. Have you ever noticed how the spoken word at a relatively short distance sounds muddled? Modern public address systems solve this problem by slightly amplifying speech and delivering it a low volume to different areas of the church through an array of speakers.
Our contracted live wedding music should also take advantage of this pre installed amplification. However the acoustic instruments must be miked with minimum miking and the mixed signal fed to the in house amplification. This solution requires testing to assure impedance and signal levels match between equipment to avoid unnecessary humming, feedback and noises.
Now let’s consider the celebration is outdoors, with no walls, no reflecting surfaces and with possible wind.
Low frequencies carry through the air in large waves and can be heard very easily. What tends to be muffled, not allowing us to hear the celebrant and or enjoy the music is the masking of the high frequencies by objects and wind.
Spreading out the speakers and placing the high frequency generators at the ear level of the tallest attendant will generally deliver the needed clarity. Time delay and phase cancellation consequences of speaker placement should also be addressed.
Songful, our acoustic wedding duo visits the proposed venues, studies the acoustics and proposes the best sound solution at minimum cost. We assure our sound will carry all over the venue with clarity at all stages of the ceremony. Our quote includes PA system for indoor and outdoor venues for up to 100 guests. Our music will be the desired soundtrack of your special day.
Songful. Live at Elena and Patrick´s Wedding . 2014