The Sound of No Trees Falling

The Sound of No Trees Falling

Most of us know the ubiquitous philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I don’t presume to know the answer, but as an aficionado of A/V gear I do know one thing…I’d rather hug a console than hug a tree. Not because I’ve heard a tree’s bark is bigger than it’s bite, but simply because I care as much about the environment I create for a performance as much as I care about the earth’s environment. I want to create sound without causing trees to fall.

Earth Day is April 22nd and the questions on my mind are, “What products will allow me to produce a great production environment, but also protect the earth’s environment? How can enjoy my role on the earth responsibly?” If you’d like to enjoy A/V in an environmentally conscious way, then allow me to make you aware of a few products.

Every tour and every church spends tons of money, as well as space in landfills, on batteries. It used to be that if you bought a wireless mic you should be obedient to the instructions in it’s manual that said, “Do not use rechargeable batteries.” But, as Bob Dylan always told us, “The times they are a changin’!” Ansmann now produces efficient rechargeable batteries with newer technology that allows the batteries to have greater life and runtimes. Run times can now go up to 14-16 hours and recharge times can happen as fast as 2 1/2 hours. Large professional tours, such as Cirque du Soleil and Rob Thomas, are now using Ansmann products. Cirque du Soleil is now using 2,000-3,000 batteries a year instead of 800,000, and they’re saving $50,000 a year. You could be saving money and the environment! In one minute you can find out how much money you’d save using Ansmann batteries. Visit their site and take the one minute challenge!

It’s said, “Education is the movement from darkness to light.” Have you educated yourself about the latest in lighting? The prices of LED lights have fallen and there’s really no reason to continue to burden the environment with your old incandescent PAR lamps. LEDs require about one-tenth of the power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens). LEDs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills. The lifespan for an LED is roughly 50,000 hours versus an incandescent bulb’s 1,200 hours. S.E. Systems carries a variety of LED lights from great companies like Chauvet, Elation, American DJ, Martin, and more!

The landscape of amplification has changed too because of Class D technology! Class D amplifiers can have a positive effect on the environment and on your back. In comparison to traditional amplification, Class D amps weigh significantly less and they are more energy efficient. The Class A design has the lowest distortion of any amp type, but it’s extremely wasteful and inefficient, dissipating 80% of its power in heat with an efficiency of only 20%, while Class D designs are extremely efficient, typically in the range of 85% to 90% or more. S.E. Systems sells Class D amps from companies like Crown, Yahama, QSC, Crown, and Behringer. Class D amps are also being used consistently in various brands of powered speakers. S.E. sells powered cabinets from companies like JBL, Yamaha, EV, QSC, Mackie, and more!

As environmentally consumers continue to demand green products, then we’ll see the even more items in the A/V market at an affordable price. I’ve avoided being overly technical, but I hope I’ve raised your awareness of environmentally friendly products. There are plenty of ways to be responsible without compromising your production or breaking the bank. Please, let S.E. Systems help you as you upgrade your A/V gear in the future!

Dennis Nealy
Former Sales Rep at SE Systems
Associate Paster at Cornerstone Baptist Church

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