A Basic Guide to Speakers Placement for Beginners

 

Ever wondered how the sound system should be setup for a live band?

Check this infographic out.

1. MAIN SPEAKERS

Placed each side of stage in Left-Right (Stereo) format

Cover audience area as much as possible

In front of stage, in front of microphones

To reduce amount of feedback into microphones

Horizontal coverage angle wide enough to cover front area

Throw must reach the back & achieve minimum SPL required

Flown speakers must tilt down to cover front to back

 

2. SUBWOOFERS

Placed directly below/under main speakers

Sound from main speakers & subwoofers arrive at audience at same time

Placed on ground to reduce sound energy losses/dispersion

Any distance between main speakers subwoofers, needs time delay so sound arrives at the audience at same time.


3. STAGE MONITORS

One monitor for each performer

To hear his own sound/voice/instrument

Typically wedge type speakers placed on floor

 

4. FRONT FILL

Main speakers not wide enough to cover front area

Front fill speakers needed to cover gaps

Typically placed at ear level directly in front of stage

Typically smaller lower power speakers

Wide horizontal coverage is preferred to cover front rows

 

5. FRONT OF HOUSE

Placed in middle of the audience area

For sound engineer to hear same sound as audience

Able to create a good mix & control sound system well

 
 
 

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