Auditorium AVL and Design

Often, a school’s auditorium is the first place where students encounter passions that can follow them throughout their lives. They sing, dance, play instruments, present research, debate fellow students and even control equipment backstage.

However, many schools use old auditoriums with outdated audio, video and lighting (AVL) equipment. We’ll cover the drawbacks associated with outdated AVL setups, the benefits of updating your school’s equipment and how our expert design team can help.

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Updating the AVL setup in your school’s auditorium has several benefits for future events, such as:

LED lighting has found success in auditoriums across the globe over the last two decades. Many schools still use older lighting equipment, which means they miss out on the benefits of LEDs, such as freedom from buzzing and flickering, no need for warmup and cooldown and the freedom to dim them as much as necessary.

Multipurpose spaces often do a disservice to their audiences. Various functions have different requirements for optimal sound, and few school auditoriums can meet all those requirements at the same time. Strategic placement of microphones, amplifiers and monitors can create a versatile sound system that adapts to your students’ activities.

Modern presentation equipment can make assemblies, award ceremonies, lectures and other activities more efficient and reliable. Outdated projectors can be unreliable, and their graphics leave much to be desired. LED walls and other visual equipment ensure your auditorium is ready for learning opportunities of any size.

When you combine lighting, sound and visual improvements, entire productions become better. Plus, stage crews made of young, passionate students receive a more effective introduction to AVL equipment.

 Advancements in technology make new AVL setups drastically more energy-efficient than outdated equipment. Just changing your lightbulbs can save your school’s resources for other operations (or more events in the auditorium).

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Using an old auditorium’s original AVL setup can present several challenges, including:

  • Dead rooms: Venues covered in thick, absorbent wall panels eliminate reverb, killing the room’s acoustics. While reverb effects can try to reintroduce the lost sound, those effects come from the sound system instead of the room, so the sound will seem off.
  • Overly live rooms: Overly live rooms respond to sound with too much reverb. These settings muddle sounds, making plays, speeches and music unintelligible for your audience.
  • Outdated lighting: Many school auditoriums use outdated fixtures, including lighting for various purposes. After decades of use, lighting can become obsolete, unreliable and even unsafe.

Another consideration is that many students encounter AVL equipment for the first time when they use their school’s setup. For students who want to pursue relevant theater and technical career paths, limiting their experience to obsolete equipment can hinder their potential.

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At Illuminated Integration, our services include AVL design for auditoriums. We understand how important these spaces are for educators and students alike. That’s why our design team works with you to create a custom solution for updating your auditorium. We’re focused on building an experience, not a system, and each of our solutions is completely unique.

Contact the team at Illuminated Integration today to request more information about updating your school auditorium AVL design.


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