Monday, March 10, 2014

Solving A Messy Audio System Installation

The other day I was browsing some of the pictures posted on the Facebook page called A/V Nightmares. This page is devoted to highlighting bad, audio/video installations around the world. It is amazing to see the kind of bad installations being done. Messy and even dangerous installations are happening everywhere. It is too bad that the installers do not take much pride in their workmanship. It is also a problem when installers forget to consider safety factors when installing gear. You have to consider the safety of any person who would be using the system when installing it into a venue. It should be safe to operate first and foremost.

One of the recent posts I viewed was a portable audio system that was designed for school gymnasium. The first picture shows a messy, thrown together setup on a simple A/V cart apparently done by a "pro sound company". The the second picture is of the same audio system cleaned up and installed in a proper rolling rack case. This is the way it should be done, nice and neat and organized.

Check out the before and after pictures below:

As you can see the second picture clearly shows how a professional installation should be done. If this was my work, I would  be proud to have my name on it for a quality job completed.

In my own experience, I have worked at a local bar/club with a sound system that is need of some TLC like this job. Only problem is that the owner does not want to spend the money to do the job right. The sound system is setup and operating but, I could envision a much cleaner, neater setup that would look very professional to all visiting artists and technicians. Too bad the owner does not see it the same way. I guess you can't win 'em all.

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