Prolight + Sound 2017 presents new ‘Silent Stage’

Innovative stage concept for a transparent sound, effective monitoring and ear protection

Event-technology companies present products and methods for implementation
The coming Prolight + Sound will introduce visitors to the silent-stage concept with a new special area and give event-technology professionals and musicians the chance to learn how this innovative stage set-up can help improve not only the mix but also the performance of musical acts. The advantages of a silent stage will be explained and opportunities for implementing the concept illustrated by live demonstrations featuring a presenter and band.

Numerous event-technology companies are involved in realising the special area and will be showing their products and technologies there. They include Audio-Technica, Box of Doom, Cymatic Audio, Fischer Amps, Hearsafe, InEar, Kemper, Klang Technologies and Vision Ears.

The advantages of the silent-stage concept
The idea behind the silent stage is to cut on-stage noise levels to a minimum using, for example, amp simulations, isolation boxes, drum cages and electronic musical instruments. Equally, no monitoring loudspeakers are used and the musicians hear themselves and the other band members via an individually adjustable headphone mix.

This has several advantages for the acoustic irradiation. In the first place, the sound from the PA system competes less with that emanating from the stage. Secondly, there is less crosstalk between the individual signals that can be clearly separated in the mix. When correctly implemented, the quality of the sound reaching visitors from the PA system can approach that of a studio recording. Moreover, the silent-stage concept makes it easier to control the overall volume of an event, meaning that live music is also possible in situations where noise levels may not exceed a certain limit.

The advantage for musicians on the stage: they are able to concentrate fully on the sound via the in-ear monitoring system, which can be mixed according to their individual preferences. This can result in an improved overall performance. Last but not least, the reduced noise level protects the musicians’ hearing.

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