I am creating a performance space, mostly for music. Presently, it is a 4000sq. foot empty warehouse. We were thinking that the audience could be around 500. Someone said that we should get a flying PA set up, but I'm not sure that the space is large enough to require that. Also we are just starting out, so cost will be a consideration. Another musician told me that he doesn't think powered speakers sound as good as a traditional amp and speakers. Also being a warehouse there is a lot of reverb. What kind of baffling should I be thinking about. Or does anyone know an expert in improving acoustics, that I could hire? Any input y'all have is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Greg
I would look for sound design companies or at least PA equipment vendors near you to give a recommendation; without being physically in the room it's impossible to give solid advice.
Even a couple hours of a consultant's time would probably be well worth it in the long run. Getting good sound in a warehouse-like space is notoriously difficult, and you could easily spend more on acoustic treatment than the sound system itself depending on the desired end result.
At the very least, a PA equipment vendor should be able to come out to your space to give you a rough estimate of wattage, recommend a few brands, and give you a quote. I'm not sure if they would do this for free, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
If you have a bit more to spend, I would recommend finding a company that will create an acoustic computer model of the room. This will help them be most efficient in sizing and aiming speakers, as well as knowing where to put your acoustic treatment for best effect.
The only such company I have worked with in the past is Spinnaker Multimedia Solutions, based in Pennsylvania. They are geared toward church installations but are very knowledgeable; they spent 2 weeks onsite at our church in Minnesota doing an install in our new building. (NOTE: I have no affiliation with Spinnaker and do not gain anything by recommending them.) But this is the type of company you are looking for if you want to create a professional-level performance space.