Not sure if this should be here, or installed, or basement, mods move wherever is best.
Disclaimer: I'm here to learn. Not call out methods as wrong. I'll let more experienced people do that.
So I'm installing lighting at my local church's new campus.
A different company is doing sound (and has been mentoring me which is nice) and subcontracted out the flying/installing of the speakers to a different company.
Room is shallow and wide with an arched stage. So 4x point source boxes were chosen with one sub in the middle.
Not that they really matter for my question, but hey- more info right?
Sub = QSC GP218
Mains = some sort of high-end JBL point and shoot boxes (when I'm there tonight I'll try to get model #) VTX/CTX variety.
So I'm chatting with the installer asking about deployment and setup and alignment, what he uses to align, etc. You know the things y'all have taught me to do when setting up a system.
I ask about system tuning and how he does it. Says there isn't much to do with the simple point and shoot boxes. -Alright, probably so, but maybe check for different things right, best alignment with sub for best coverage, eq things for flat...etc? I don't really know I'm still super new to aligning systems/tuning systems and need to take some classes. He's the expert just watch and learn right?
He says he uses the six studio digital with his iPhone to test the system. Okay, thats fine; I was thinking smaart & earthworks or something, but sure if you can get good results with that, then cool.
Then I ask about alignment and if he's going to phase/time align the system. "uh yeah we do all that don't worry." I'm thinking, can the studio six digital do dual channel FFT? I don't think so, but maybe it's not necessary... what do I know??
Then for the first part of actual sound. Pink noise throughout the room and walk the room with the phone spl meter and the mic...? Okay I get it balancing the system SPL.
Then walking the room with the phone & mic setup with RTA This is where it got me... y'all all keep saying: RTA IS TIME BLIND, USING IT IS POINTLESS!!!!
They wrap up the system tuning by playing music they like. Good for them, sounds pretty good. I mean I can't complain about the sound, but I haven't heard the music before so I don't know what it's supposed to sound like either. But still, is RTA still a thing?
So now there's me scratching my head not sure what to do? I kind of want to take my smart rig in there and see what the phase alignment on the sub is in different positions.
Is phase alignment really not that important in smaller venues with simple speaker setups?