Even with just a "simple" meter it gets a lot more complicated.Consider the different levels you get with just the 4 basic options (A or C weighting and fast or slow).Using just those 4 variables you can easily get a 20dB (or more) difference in reading on the same signal.100dB A slow is a lot louder than 110dB C fast.So it is not just a "simple number".
What is the recommended setting for a church sound person to use? What setting will give the best picture of potential hearing loss in a live audio environment? I realize there probably isn't a "hard" answer to this but I'm hoping for some kind of guideline or recommendation.
Of course it is complicated, but we only have a dB meter (if we are lucky) and want to run at reasonable levels... do we do nothing?
Experience has told me what level I should run our system at in the church to a. Get the least amount of complaints and b. Reduce my hearing exposure to acceptable levels because it is the only thing I can control.c. Meet with leaderships approval. To help with peoples concerns I have informed the leadership where people can sit to help reduce their exposure if they feel it is too loud for them.For me that has been sufficient.note: people with hearing aids can give you valuable information on levels. Most of them will shut off at certain levels. I try to minimize that happening...of course that may no be loud enough in some situations but, it is in ours.
It is too loud in my opinion when the waitress has to yell for me to hear her 1ft from me. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
For my Sunday night gig it is too loud when some of the regulars that usually stay the whole evening start leaving before the first break. I find that if I can keep it below 94dB A weighted slow at my mix position (which is not in the main pattern), I don't get many complaints. It is too loud in my opinion when the waitress has to yell for me to hear her 1ft from me. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
Hey guys, I am a young church and live tech from the St. Louis area and I wanted to see what you all think. So, How loud is to loud? Concert, In- ears, or even just at home listening! Let me know what you all think.Thanks!
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