Monday, November 1, 2010


Put on your geek glasses, time for some basic technical information concerning sound systems. Since designing a really good sound system is a complex, scientific process.

Sound for Underground Dance:
The Technical Foundation

The essential technical details for the design, configuration, and optimization of sound systems for the foundational characteristics of dance music shared by sunsonic. This guide does not imply to everyones needs I am aware of that.. but some people involved in a sound system might lack some basic knowledge. This is a good way to get your started. 

Introduction (excerpt)

Any combination of low-grade speakers and amplifiers are enough to make some noise, but the accurate reproduction of music, with flat frequency and phase response across the entire audible spectrum, at high volume levels, is a science and art that still has plenty of room for improvement, and that will continue to evolve for centuries to come. Tradeoffs are made by all audio equipment manufacturers between accuracy in frequency and phase response, efficiency, equipment volume and weight, and materials and R&D costs. For many applications, such as a low-cost public address system or guitar amp, 1950's era technology works fine. But for the world's largest and most successful sound companies, there is no settling for less than the best.

The fundamentals of connecting various pieces of equipment together and operating a sound system are not covered here, as there are many other reference materials that explain the basics of sound systems, such as Yamaha's classic Sound Reinforcement Handbook. Due to the small size and non-mainstream nature of the underground dance music market however, sound schools, books, and other educational resources do not devote much, if any, attention to its specific needs. This document illustrates the main design issues for electronic dance music, and explains why its unique characteristics often require a unique approach. With an understanding of the principles covered here, you'll be better able to set up a sound system that makes dance music sound as good as it can.

Concerning the Yamaha's classic Sound Reinforcement Handbook featured in this guide. You could buy it if you want to read it.. or grab it here (from an anonymous source ;D)

"Sound reinforcement is the use of audio amplification systems. This book is the first and only book."