Protecting Your Audio Gear at an Outdoor Event
Audio equipment is essential at large outdoor events, and this means that you have to take special precautions in order to protect your audio equipment outdoors. Here is a brief look at how you can best protect professional grade audio equipment outdoors.
Start with outdoor-rated equipment.
First, you should know that not all audio equipment is made for outdoor use. Be sure to start with indoor/outdoor, weather resistant equipment when building your audio setup for your outdoor event. This indoor/outdoor speaker, for example, is weather resistant and features a stainless steel grille, a seamless butyl rubber extension of the woofer surround, and more to protect critical elements from weather damage. This subwoofer from JBL's WRX collection, meanwhile, can withstand even high force water jets from a heavy storm. If you're not sure whether your equipment will operate in an outdoor environment, check the IEC rating to get a feel for its ingress protection-the higher the number, the higher the protection.
Add equipment protection.
You also have a variety of equipment protection options at your disposal to help protect your equipment. This outdoor speaker cover, for example, is made from nylon fabric and mesh, features vented and removable panels, and offers temporary weather protection. Though not intended for permanent outdoor installations, it can serve your temporary outdoor event needs. Tarpaulin sheets and bungee straps can offer some good protection as well. This waterproof laptop protector case, meanwhile, can help shield your laptop and accessories from rain during travel.
Seek overhead protection.
Even with equipment protection, there is no substitute for overhead protection. Set up your audio equipment under eaves, an overhang, or a tent for the surest protection. If the venue for the event will not have any of these things, then you can always set up a small tent just for your audio setup. This will protect your equipment not only from rain but also from harsh sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can easily wipe out exposed LCD displays.
Keep in mind, too, that the sun travels throughout the course of the day. So if you're using a tent to protect your equipment from harsh sunlight, you may need to alter your setup throughout the course of the day if you will be using your audio setup for several hours.
Use a windscreen for microphones.
Your microphone will need to be covered with a foam, flannel, or acrylic fur windscreen like this one to capture clean audio in windy conditions.