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May Webinar: Volume—How Loud is Too Loud

The webinars are back! This time around we’re going to tackle a question that comes up every so often; volume. We’ll address questions like:

  • How loud is too loud?
  • Loud is a perception
  • LEQ vs. Instant Measurements
  • Equal Loudness Contours
  • And a few others

We’ll have the usual panel, myself, Jason Cole and Dave Stagl. This month, we will host the webinar on Tuesday, May 25 at 10 PM EDT, 7 PM PDT. You can watch live on our LiveStream channel (www.livestream.com/churchtecharts), and it will be up on iTunes shortly thereafter (as well as available here on the blog.)

So there you go, we’ll see you in two weeks!

2 Comments

  1. stuart@churchtechy.com

    I’ll definitely have to remember this one ….

    But before then here’s my 2p worth as an ex-sound tech and now moved on to other things with (in?) God. Other item to clarify – I’m also the father of a profoundly deaf 20yr old so I’ve made finding out about sound a high priority.

    So how loud is too loud? Well anything over 85db may not be considered loud but the human body, specifically hearing, starts to fail at this level and it is an accepted medical opinion that >85db causes or can lead to deafness.

    Yes loud is a perception. But equally the misguided perception of the sound tech that this week is no louder than last is usually wrong – especially if you have no quantifiable measuring method.

    Next, if you do measure, where od you measure? Accepted wisdom is 1m from the sound source and not the sound desk which is typically several orders of manitude further away and sound levels consequently have dropped significantly.

    And lets face it – do we need our worship services to be like a rock concert? The real answer is that no we don’t – but whether the musos and techs accept this is another thing altogether.

    OKay – nuff said, looking forward to it.

  2. stuart@churchtechy.com

    I’ll definitely have to remember this one ….

    But before then here’s my 2p worth as an ex-sound tech and now moved on to other things with (in?) God. Other item to clarify – I’m also the father of a profoundly deaf 20yr old so I’ve made finding out about sound a high priority.

    So how loud is too loud? Well anything over 85db may not be considered loud but the human body, specifically hearing, starts to fail at this level and it is an accepted medical opinion that >85db causes or can lead to deafness.

    Yes loud is a perception. But equally the misguided perception of the sound tech that this week is no louder than last is usually wrong – especially if you have no quantifiable measuring method.

    Next, if you do measure, where od you measure? Accepted wisdom is 1m from the sound source and not the sound desk which is typically several orders of manitude further away and sound levels consequently have dropped significantly.

    And lets face it – do we need our worship services to be like a rock concert? The real answer is that no we don’t – but whether the musos and techs accept this is another thing altogether.

    OKay – nuff said, looking forward to it.

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