This is the name given to the amplification of sound for a concert, play, or other kind of show. Normally, a sound engineer will use a number of microphones, and speakers to increase the volume of the actors or musicians on stage.

Sound reinforcement can be used for a play in a large hall, where the acoustics may not be overly good, and therefore sound reinforcement is needed so that all the audience can hear what is going on. In this situation, the idea is for people to be able to hear what is being said, but not notice that sound reinforcement is being used.

At the other end of the scale is amplification for a concert, where the idea seems to be to turn the music up as loud as it can go, and see how many people you can deafen!

If you're after any other theatre tech information, then do take a look at 'Everything you ever wanted to know about theatre tech, but were afraid to ask'

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