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Line arrays
As shown in this picture, line arrays can be an ideal tool for providing well disbursed audio throughout a worship space.

Line Arrays: Are They the Right Solution for My Space?

One of the most important features of the line array, is the ability to steer the line array.

Line arrays are a fantastic tool. There are many different types of line arrays on the market, and there are countless different ways to use them.

“How do I know what array is right for me?”

Some arrays are small, but just because of their size, it does not mean those specific models are not useful. Many other arrays are large and mighty.

With all the different sizes available, how do I know what will be the right solution for me? Also, what is a simple way to explain how an array works?

Line arrays work like a wave generator in a water park. Air naturally behaves like a liquid, and the line array acts like the moving wall at the water park. As the speaker transducers move (inside of the line array), the air moves. The sound waves then are generated by the array, and a large wave of sound is created.

All the individual boxes couple together, making a continuous unit.

One of the most important features of the line array, is the ability to steer the line array. All the power needs to be controlled, toward efficiently steering sound from the line array, therefore creating an acoustical arc made on the output side. Since the line array can be configured in so many ways, the serve as a great audio solution for countless places, including houses of worship. The key is making them an option that is deployed properly in your space.

“How do I know what array is right for me?”

I will respond to that question I often get with another question: Why do you think you need a line array? They are super awesome, but there are many areas where they do not fit the job you want them to.

Line arrays are not the solution to suit all needs. For example, point source speakers are still king when used in such configurations as under a balcony, or in a room with low trim heights (low ceilings).

By contrast, line arrays are really helpful for larger, open areas, as well as areas where a large amount of area needs quality, even coverage.

For line arrays, size does play a significant role, where “the bigger the better,” is not the case for most line array applications. This means that it is about taking into account for what is needed, where looking at it by a case-by-case basis, in figuring out the right type of line array for your space, is wise. Calling your local, reputable integrator to find out what the right solution for you would be, is a great place to start.

With line arrays coming in many shapes and sizes, they prove to be a great option for many applications. The line array takes all the boxes within the array, coupling together, to make a solid source, teaming together to make a very powerful audio beast.

Recognize that while it is important to find the correct sized array for an application, it is also very important to see whether line arrays are the correct solution for your space.

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