Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sound Advice: Cleveland Courthouse and City Hall

It has been about 10 years since the professional sound and entertainment specialists of Troy Entertainment had first arrived on the scene producing weddings at Cleveland Court House and Cleveland City Hall.  Since then there have been some interesting articles written about the so called "Truth" about sound at these venues. So as a service to those who love the ambiance of these majestic structures lets start by dispelling misleading information about sound correction and acoustical challenges.

When researching previous articles on the acoustical challenges of the Cleveland Courthouse and Cleveland City Hall you will find an earlier article suggesting the use of a "Bose Sound System". This is a common name brand that consumers know, so if it sounds good in my living room, why not?  The theory behind the Bose approach to sound distribution is simply this. Bose had taken the conventional approach to sound distribution, which is having a speaker projecting the sound pattern direction forward, and placed it upwards so as to disperse the sound pattern evenly across the sound field. That's it, simple and nice in your living room while watching a movie, right? The fact is at Cleveland Courthouse and Cleveland City Hall your challenge is not distributing sound. In fact, if you push sound in this method it ECHOES MORE!

Then later the "Truth" article was suddenly changed to suggest the acoustical challenge must be met by using a Bi-Amplifying speaker systems. This method stated that by having a separate mid and high frequency cabinet placed on a pole at 6 foot high will project sound across the room thus everything will be heard clearer. Any sound reinforcement professional will tell you that throwing sound further or raising the volume will bounce sound off the walls and ceiling in a endless loop creating a muddy sound or worse.

Troy Entertainment produces weddings at Cleveland Courthouse and Cleveland City Hall almost on a weekly bases for over a decade. Their highly trained sound, lighting, and music programming staff are there to help you to a successful event. In fact, the owners and sales staff managers at A Taste of Excellence Catering have used Troy Entertainment for their own family weddings at these venues. Not because we have a magic fix for the acoustical challenges of these beautiful venues. They just know a few more things then the average DJ about sound AND equally important "can pack your dance floor".

As you do your research for your Cleveland Courthouse or Cleveland City Hall wedding you'll notice DJ's that claim to have successful events at these venues do not show you videos of the actual weddings. At best, you may see a video with the sound either replaced or added into the video directly from the mixer as to fool you into believing this is how it sounded. Troy Entertainment has done more events in these venues and has more videos online from weddings at these venues than any DJ company in Cleveland. They can also provide you with "video interviews and testimonials with brides and grooms AT their Cleveland Courthouse and Cleveland City Hall Weddings"! 

Troy Entertainment offers the best in decor lighting options for these venues as well. Uplighting that is battery operated so that we are not limited to where we can place fixtures and eliminate trip hazards and unsightly cords. Unlimited color options and the ability to project higher on the pillars and arches. Your ceiling can be washed in beautiful color to match you wedding color scheme. Don't be lured by free lighting, no one can match the quality of decor lighting fixtures Troy Entertainment licensed lighting technicians provide.

Ask to see the beautiful sharp custom monograms projections for the dance floor. There is no one else that uses their method of monogram projection.

See videos from Cleveland Courthouse and Cleveland City Hall over the years. There are 100's of examples of pictures and videos available for review online and at the new TROY ENTERTAINMENT SHOWROOM. Connect with Troy Entertainment today and see and hear the difference.

- Independent Cleveland Sound, Lighting, and Entertainment Professional 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Help I'm Getting Married!

OK, you found that perfect someone to share love and life with. He proposed, you accepted, and up until now everything has been pretty much stress free. In fact the idea of planning for the big day sounds like fun, as it should be. Now comes the time to choose the who, what, where, and when. Shall I have a sophisticated soirĂ©e or opt for a much simpler affair? Sounds easy so far, I'll just Google my way to wedding day bliss :)

Now, are we sitting down?  Good.  here is where it get's interesting.  Ever since Al Gore invented "the Internets"(ha ha), finding and comparing things has been a breeze. Most of the decisions brides and grooms make will be of things that they can actually hold in their hands. They have a brand, size or color. But what about the entertainment?  Can't I just point and click my way to party hosting success? The answer is yes and unfortunately no.  What the web can do is make you aware of local choices.  What often happens is we ask for more information in email.  And why not, it seems less intrusive. However websites and email are a cold media. No personality, no charisma... you know the warm and fuzzy. To add to the confusion DJ's all start sounding alike. It's just not enough to make an informed decision as important as the heartbeat of reception. The music and entertainment.

Here is how we start on the right path to wedding reception happiness. When we meet with newly engaged people to see what their reception vision is there is something very important in it for them.  Have you ever met someone you just clicked with? You should know within the first few minutes if this is gonna work or not. It's a very good indicator of how good they are at first impressions, which is what the situation is going to be with the DJ and your guests at the wedding reception. After exchanging ideas during this informal chat you'll walk away knowing if you have found a match! And if not, nothing is really lost except for a whole lot of wedding day stress.

We not only love music and parties,  we love to talk about them too! I'll follow up soon with more tips on successful reception planning. If you have any immediate questions about finding what's right for you, we are here to help, call us anytime... Let us entertain you!