Associate Professor of Music Production & Recording Technology Graham Spice, M.S., arranged and hosted a PA Day workshop on Friday, April 21, at Glenwood Farms in Stephens City, Virginia. The workshop aimed to help participants learn how to prioritize when setting up public address (PA) systems of different sizes.
The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate a discussion about live sound reinforcement among Shenandoah University (SU) students, faculty and alumni. Attendees were given an overview of various PA systems, their limitations and instructions on setting them up. Handouts were distributed to help participants better comprehend the process.
The day began with introductions and an explanation of the workshop’s objectives. Attendees participated in demonstrations, discussions and practice sessions throughout the program.
During the workshop, two PA systems of different sizes were covered. The first system was a simple setup with two speakers on stands, while the second was a more complex bi-powered system. Participants were taught about the variations between the two systems, their advantages and limitations, and how to ensure their sound quality. This involved setting the splay angle of the speakers, as well as measuring and tuning the system.
Two music production & recording technology alumni, Harold “Harry” Post ’15 and Nathan Kiefer, provided their expert opinions on the thriving state of the live sound industry. Kiefer attended Shenandoah Conservatory from 2018 to 2022. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights. The workshop concluded with a recap of the topics covered, additional resources for further learning, and an open forum for any remaining questions.
During the workshop, Post and Keifer demonstrated speaker measurement using SMAART measurement software and an Allen & Heath SQ5 digital mixing console. Attendees were shown how to measure and fine-tune their PA systems for optimal sound quality, which was one of the most memorable moments of the workshop.
“It was great to get out, have fun, have a little hands-on experience, and talk shop with students and pros!” said Logan Huber ’23 (Bachelor of Music in Music Production & Recording Technology).
“I’m happy to have been able to help,” said Post.
Spice expressed his gratitude to everyone who attended, including special thanks to Robbie Shiley for hosting the workshop at Glenwood Farms. “It was wonderful to see so many students, alumni, professors and community members come together to learn and share their knowledge about live sound reinforcement,” said Spice.