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Sound monitoring 18 Mar 2001 12:34 #1361

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We use our ears to monitor the sound level in our theatres. We set it, walk down, listen, adjust, etc. Is there such a thing as a monitor gauge like a thermostat that you could meter the sound in the room and adjust to that gauge?

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Re: Sound monitoring 18 Mar 2001 15:18 #1362

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I used to go to a very nice 16-plex that had a state of the art automation. You could run the trailers at one volume and the feature at another. They always ran the trailers at 4.5 and then they could run 99% of the features at the Dolby reference level of 7. The exception was a lousy sounding movie like The Mummy, which had harsh sound. This automation was so sofisticated that the projectionist could run it from a computer on his desk. So if the usher said via radio, #5 is too loud, he could turn it down from the desk. The desk was between #8 and #9. But with all that sofistication, to realy get an idea of the sound, you still have to go into the auditoium. Sorry! That's just the way it is. You would think that with all the technology today, that somebody could come up with a decent remote monitoring system, but they haven't.

Our rules are, Every show an usher must go into every auditorium and check the temperature and sound level.
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Re: Sound monitoring 18 Mar 2001 15:24 #1363

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"Our rules are, Every show an usher must go into every auditorium and check the temperature and sound level." Large speaks.
This winter our staff developed a nasty habit of forgetting to turn on the heat. Now in Santa Rosa that may not be a big problem but in Maine it's serious. Our heat system takes 40 minutes to raise 3 theatres from 60 to 70 and it was a really cold 60 that would get into you. So.....I completely agree that checking, checking, checking is the bottom line.

And Sound? I'm hoping someone is going to say "Oh yeah that's an RXT meter you can buy from Grainger's for 13.99." That would be nice but I doubt it's going to happen.


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Re: Sound monitoring 21 Mar 2001 11:12 #1364

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Radio Shack has several low priced sound level meters:
Analog Meter at Radio Shack
Digital Meter at Radio Shack

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