Seven Steps to a Theatrical Sound System Design

Josh Loar
Professor of Practice-Sound Design
Michigan Technological University

Texts exploring the discipline of sound system design are too often aimed at the advanced practitioner, detailing techniques that are logical and useful if the reader has already designed, installed, and operated many systems, but that are often over the head of inexperienced designers trying to learn the discipline. There is a gap in the literature, and this article presents a logical, orderly process for analyzing a production’s sound needs, selecting appropriate equipment, and creating an operating plan. By breaking the process down into manageable and clear tasks, this guide demystifies the essentials of theatrical sound system design.

Seven Steps to a Theatrical Sound System Design
Publication: USITT Current Practices and Research in Sound
March 15, 2018

The 58th Annual USITT Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
March 15, 2018