7 Things We Do to Assess Your Professional Sound System Needs

If you are in the market for a professional sound system, it’s vital to have a thorough assessment of your needs before making any purchases. At American Sound, we will outline the seven things we do to assess your professional sound system needs.

1. Get to Know Your Business

We begin by asking questions about your space, audience size, types of events, and the primary use of your sound system. We want to know what type of audio experience you want to create and how you want to impact your audience.

By understanding your business, we can make informed decisions on the best products, system layout, speaker placement, and more. With this knowledge, we’ll make a tailored solution that matches your vision and fits your budget.

2. Suggest the Best Products for Long-Term Success

When it comes to selecting the right professional sound system for your business, consider products that will not only meet your immediate needs but also provide long-term success. Our team understands that investing in a sound system is a significant decision, and we strive to suggest the best products that will give you the most value for your money.

Additionally, our team prioritizes products that have a proven track record of durability and reliability so that your sound system continues to function smoothly over the long term. We don’t believe in short-term solutions that may require frequent replacements, leading to increased costs in the long run. You want your venue to serve your audience for decades to come.

3. Discuss the Design and Layout

The design and layout of your space are crucial when it comes to installing a professional sound system. We’ll analyze the acoustics of your environment, taking into account the size, shape, and materials of your space, and whether your area is indoors or outdoors.

We’ll also take into consideration the specific needs of your business and your intended use for the sound system. We can suggest the optimal speaker placement, amplifier location, and cable runs to create a balanced and immersive sound. For example, a sound system for live music might have different requirements compared to one for a PA system.

4. Go Over Speaker Size and Quantity

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to speaker size and quantity, as it all depends on the size of your venue and the type of events you plan to host.

Larger venues typically require larger speakers with more power to fill the space. Smaller venues are often better suited to smaller speakers that are easier to handle and don’t take up as much space or overpower casual conversations. You may need a sound system that can handle music and someone speaking.

4. Placement of the Speakers

Proper speaker placement can make all the difference in delivering optimal sound quality. We’ll take into account the shape and size of the room, the layout of the furniture, and the placement of the stage or performance area. 

We’ll also consider any potential obstacles or reflective surfaces that may affect sound quality, such as windows, mirrors, or high ceilings.

6. Wired Versus Wireless Speakers

Wired speakers are the more traditional option and are generally considered to provide a more reliable connection. They also tend to be less expensive than wireless speakers, as they don’t require any additional technology to function. Wired speakers could also have fewer disruptions.

Wireless speakers offer more flexibility when it comes to placement as they don’t require any cords or wires to connect to the sound system. This can be particularly useful for larger venues where speakers need to be placed in hard-to-reach areas. Wireless speakers are also easy to set up and can be a good option if you need to move your sound system around frequently.

7. Professional Installation

Professional installation is crucial in ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your sound system. Our team of experienced technicians will carefully install your sound system and make sure it is properly calibrated to provide the best possible sound quality. We also make sure to test the system thoroughly to make sure everything is working properly before we leave.

If you have any questions or concerns after installation, we offer ongoing support to ensure your satisfaction with our service. Our support staff is second to none!

Professional Sound Installation With American Sound

American Sound, with offices in Cincinnati, Louisville, Phoenix, and Indianapolis, provides professional sound installation and support.

Call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what our team can do for you.

6 Factors to Consider When Installing a Professional Sound System

If you have a professional sound system installed in your business or venue, there are some things to consider before choosing what type of equipment to go with. 

American Sound explains some of the factors to be aware of before your installation.

1. Ceiling Height

Ceiling height is important to your professional sound system. Having a particularly high ceiling can create a reverberation effect, which makes noises sound like an echo. While sometimes this effect is purposely used in music, you typically don’t want it in your professional sound system.

A way to combat this is to install false ceilings. False ceilings help reduce the reverberation effect caused by a high ceiling and offer an alternative surface to mount the speakers from the ceiling.

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2. Acoustic Conditioning

Acoustic conditioning of the room can also improve sound quality. This can be done by looking into the elements of the room that might affect the acoustics and taking measures to minimize their effects.  Some of these elements include the size of the room, type of flooring, type of walls, and even ceiling height. For example, wood flooring will affect the sound differently than carpeting.

3. Number of Speakers

The number of speakers needed will depend on the size of the room and the desired sounds. For some areas, a couple of well-placed loudspeakers work best, while in others having frequently quiet speakers is the way to go. Placing the speakers in the right areas of the room can help to create the best sound quality. 

4. Type of Speakers

There are several common types of speakers used when installing professional sound systems. The type of speakers also matters. Some speakers are designed to produce louder sounds, and some are designed to produce more balanced sounds.

  • Pendant speakers hang from long cables from the ceiling and are great if you are not installing a false ceiling to help with acoustics.
  • Ceiling speakers are flat and mounted directly on the ceiling or false ceiling.
  • Surface mount speakers are a popular option because they can be placed just about anywhere.
  • Horn speakers are great for making announcements in loud environments.

5. Loudness of the Music and Sound

How you install your system will also depend on how loud you will need your music and sound to play. Do you need a quiet background ambiance? Or do you need to be able to hear the sound over the loud hustle and bustle of a crowd?

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6. Type of Sound

What type of sound you will be playing through your sound system will also affect your needs. A small boutique store that plays classical music will need a different setup than a stadium blasting music over cheering fans. Professional sound installers will be able to assess your needs and determine the right type of speakers and sound equipment to use.

Professional Sound Installed the Right Way at American Sound

American Sound, with offices in Cincinnati, Louisville, Phoenix, and Indianapolis, can install professional sound systems at your facility. We back our installations with world-class remote support and customer service.

Call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what our team can do for you.

5 Reasons Why Remote Support Is Vital for Your Professional A-V Tech

American Sound is one of the best professional sound system installers in the United States. Our team of experts can install video walls, classroom technology, sound masking equipment, and professional sound systems anywhere in the United States.

But we do much more than that. We offer remote support contracts for when you and your staff need assistance in running your equipment. Find out why remote support is vital for your professional A-V tech.

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1. Fast Response Times

When you contact our support team, we respond right away. You won’t get a switchboard bogged down by pushing 100 buttons before you find the right person to talk to. When you call us, you speak to a human who understands the ins and outs of the system you have.

2. Highly Trained Technicians

Every support person at American Sound is highly qualified and trained to troubleshoot the equipment. Not only do they know how to find the correct documentation on your equipment, but they understand your physical setup and the software installed. Our team will get right to work on your issue and develop a solution for the best possible results.

3. Step-by-Step Troubleshooting & Problem-Solving 

We take you step by step through the issue you’re experiencing, whether it’s a video wall not displaying properly after a power outage or a software issue causing a glitch.

Either way, our tech support team takes you through the troubleshooting steps from start to finish. We can even log into your software remotely to see what’s happening and diagnose the problem.

4. Answer Questions About Any Issue

Our team can answer any and all questions about any issues you may be experiencing with the equipment we installed. It doesn’t matter if we installed it yesterday or two years from yesterday. We can even train a new person who will be in charge of running that equipment. 

5. Save You Money in the Long Run

Having a service and support contract with American Sound, even if we didn’t install your equipment, can save you time and money by preventing downtime and solving the problem faster. We’ll diagnose the problem and take the necessary steps to solve it. It’s all part of the perks you get with a service contract through American Sound.

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Remote Support From American Sound

American Sound, with offices in Cincinnati, Louisville, Phoenix, and Indianapolis, can install professional sound systems, classroom technology, or video walls at your facility. We back our installations with world-class remote support and customer service.

Call (859) 261-9024 for more information on what our team can do for you.

How to Select the Right Professional Sound System for Your Company

Nothing sounds better than a professional sound system installed at your facility. Whether you need an intercom system for your corporate office or 100 speakers in your arena or church, American Sound has the expertise to install professional sound anywhere.

Take a look at how to select the right professional sound system for your company. 

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Determine Your Budget

First things first. Determine your budget for the professional sound system installation. 

Why should you go over your budget first? Because that will determine what you can do with your professional sound system. 

Your technology budget can come from many different sources, and a professional sound system is a large, one-time expense. Luckily, you won’t have to make such as large investment in this hardware ever again, or at least for a very long time.

Budgeting can also determine your timeframe for installation. Are you going to raise funds gradually, or do you have the revenue to pay for it now? Even if you’re going to spend 12 months on a fundraising project, you can still come up with a budget at the beginning of the process to help you shop around for bids.

Size of Your Facility

Modern buildings are constructed to handle large amounts of infrastructure improvements, including the installation of professional sound systems. 

The next step once you determine your budget is to size up your facility. It’s not just the square footage. You need to take into account the volume of space from floor to ceiling because the sound will travel in different ways from walls and ceilings. 

Does your large space accommodate 3,000 or 30,000 people? 

Having a budget lets you start the conversation with a professional sound system installer long before the project happens. Your chosen supplier can give you an idea of what and when to order.

What Your Walls & Ceilings Do to Sound

Your walls and ceilings are likely to reflect sound rather than absorb sound, which must be taken into account for your space when installing a professional sound system.

A sound installer will examine your facility to see how the sound travels, sightlines, and what the reflective surfaces will do to any sounds coming from speakers. Physically examining a site gives your chosen vendor an idea of how many speakers, what speakers, and the configuration of them for your facility.

Sound Quality

For any venue, whether you’re an arena, church, office, or factory floor, sound quality must be top-notch. Professional sound system installers want your facility to have the best quality sound throughout your space. Everyone in the room should be able to hear every sound emanating from the system.

What Types of Events Do You Need Sound For?

Concerts generate different sounds than lectures. Music worship with a piano versus an organ or electric guitar requires different components for a sound system, from speakers to the types of microphones. Sporting events need other types of professional sound system components to work correctly.

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Ready for world-class professional sound?

American Sound, with offices in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and Louisville, can install professional sound systems for any venue, whether you’ve got a downtown sports bar with televisions or a 3,000-seat sanctuary hosting worship services every Wednesday and Sunday.

Call us at (859) 261-9024 for more information on what our team can do for you.

Showcasing the Many Components of Professional Sound Systems Like the One in Paycor Stadium

We know the architects of ancient arenas and stadiums understood how sound traveled. That’s why many of these are designed in a bowl shape with stadium seating. When creating a sound system as large and complex as the Paycor Stadium, understanding how sound travels and why is essential. 

When you have a large space that needs the highest quality sound and video, look to the example of the engineering and electronic excellence found in the Paycor Stadium. In today’s blog from American Sound, we explain why. 

Ancient Principles

Sports have always been considered an essential part of not only American culture but societies around the globe. There is evidence in ancient Mayan, Roman, and Egyptian cultures that sports played a huge role in their daily life. 

Part of the experience is sound. To be able to enjoy the games entirely, attendees must be able to hear announcers and players. The Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an excellent example of refined sound engineering. 

Home to the NFL Football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, the stadium’s sound system was completed in three phases.

The Q Values 

One of the first things the engineers had to identify were the Q values of the speakers within the stadium. 

A Q value, or Q factor, is the amount of output or distance a speaker can carry the sound away from itself. Understanding this is crucial when designing sound systems for large spaces like stadiums and concert halls. 

If improperly designed, the speakers will not distribute appropriately, creating echoes and sound displacement. This produces an unpleasant experience for the attendees, precisely what the sound engineers at Paul Brown Stadium were trying to avoid. The result was custom-building speakers to fit the specific needs of this stadium. 

The Speakers

The first phase was completed in 2018, consisting of new delay loudspeakers on the upper deck and canopy sections. A year later, 120 new loudspeakers were added to the lower level and another 70 to the canopy to go along with eight dual subwoofers. 

While many things during the pandemic of 2020 came to a halt, the third phase of the project continued. 

To complete the transformation of the stadium’s sound system, hand-assembled loudspeakers were part of phase three. We installed Italian-made horizontal coverage cabinets along with narrow coverage speakers. 

The result is described as a ‘moving experience.’ The sound was appropriately dispersed, giving attendees a clear sound at the correct acoustic levels. 

Stadium Sound by American Sound

If you have a space that needs expertly engineered sound and video, coupled with the finest state-of-the-art equipment, contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more.

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3 Advantages of a Service Contract Through American Sound

American Sound does more than just install world-class professional audio-visual equipment. We offer service contracts for everything we install. Today’s blog showcases three advantages of service contracts from our company.

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We Bring All of the Equipment

Service contracts from American Sound mean we bring all of the equipment for your installation, including video monitors, wiring, electrical cords, Ethernet cables, coaxial cables, and everything else the audio-visual equipment requires to operate properly. Our installers make sure the new equipment works with your existing infrastructure.

What about future upgrades? Our staff brings all the equipment for that install, too. We test, re-test, and test again to make sure everything works properly.

Handle Training

American Sound trains your staff on how to use video walls, conference room equipment, and classroom technology at the time of installation. But what about new employees? A service contract means we’ll come out and train any new employees on how to use the equipment. 

What happens when there are software upgrades? When your equipment has new software to install, our teams train your employees on how to use new features that open up due to the upgrades in the operation of your A/V equipment.

Replace or Repair Systems

We deal in professional-grade Samsung equipment. Samsung offers warranties from one to three years. Our service contract makes sure your audio-visual equipment stays within the warranty specifications. Warranties can save you money on future repairs or replacements.

In five years, your equipment may be outdated. What if you want to upgrade? Our service contract makes upgrades easier on your budget.

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Service Contracts by American Sound

Installing professional video and sound equipment is part of what we do at American Sound. We offer service after the sale that saves you money in the long-term with our service contracts. Contact American Sound or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about our service contracts and how they help your company or organization.