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Choosing the best mic to deliver your message

  After spending hours (or even days) prepping your sermon, you want your message to be clearly understood and deliver its full impact. The congregation’s ability to understand what’s being said — intelligibility — is the primary goal of most church sound systems. By Jeff Barnett Managing speech intelligibility Poor speech intelligibility can have major […]

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Accurate, natural sound: essential to a true worship experience

  By Vincent Gabriel Antonini, CTS Close your eyes. You’re at a worship service. The visuals are gone, and all you have left is sound. That’s where the information happens. Accordingly, in any church, the sound engineer is central to the outcomes of the worship experience (good or bad). The sound engineer volunteer or professional […]

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Crisp, clean, modern sound in an Old World sanctuary

Built in 1914, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San Jose, CA, is one of the most photographed, sketched and painted buildings in the area — not only for its Old World-style Catholic architecture, but also for its notable history. In 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition (the precursor to the World’s Fair) was held in San Francisco. The city was rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake, and it was hoped this massive event would bring commerce to the area. The Portuguese Pavilion was built for the Expo. After the fair was over, the pavilion was slated for demolition. A Portuguese priest of some repute in the burgeoning San Jose valley purchased it for a song. He shipped most of it — piece by piece — to its San Jose location, where it stands today. Much of the original wood and ornate decor remain. Thus, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church was founded. For a century, it has exuded Iberian charm and grace. Unfortunately, however, its sound quality was anything but awe-inspiring.

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Pastor-Friendly Sound Systems: Consider your style

An upgraded, more intelligent sound system “steers” Ohio’s Grove City Church — The Naz — in the right direction

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Sound (system) decisions — maintaining your investment

Over the past few months, we’ve talked extensively about what to look for in a sound system. We’ve looked at different types of loudspeakers and audio technology. We’ve talked about evaluating your sanctuary space, your style of service, and your budget. And, we’ve talked about the importance of hiring a professional for what amounts to one of the biggest investments your church will make.

It makes sense, then, to conclude this series by talking a bit about maintaining your investment.

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Sound (system) decisions: why you need a consultant

If you were ill, you’d seek a qualified doctor to diagnose and treat what ails you. After all, trying to diagnose and treat yourself — without medical expertise — is likely to lead to a bad outcome.

When you have problems with the sound in your church, the same reasoning applies.

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System components: knowing your options

In the ongoing quest to create better, more effective worship, the need for good sound is paramount. Whether clearly articulating a meaningful sermon or delivering a praise band’s impactful musical performance, it’s important that every person — in every seat — is treated to the best possible sonic experience.

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How to make a sound (system) investment — new eBook Available

Few things are more critical than hearing the Word. A service that fails to communicate and inspire will not keep its congregation for long. In this valuable new eBook, series authors Rik Kirby and Daniel Keller help you make a sound decision when it comes to an integrated audio system for your church.

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Making sound (system) decisions

What defines good sound? While some might argue that the concept is subjective, there are certain aspects of a good sound system that we can all agree on. Spoken word should be intelligible. Musical performance should be clear and full-range. And sound should be consistent, everywhere in the house.
Of course, addressing these goals will vary widely from one church to another. Are you welcoming your flock in a 1,000-seat sanctuary? Clearly, your needs will differ from a congregation meeting in a 300-seat chapel, an auditorium, or a converted warehouse space.

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Need an acoustical intervention?

By Nick Colleran and Jim DeGrandis The No. 1 cause of poor sound in a large space is inappropriate reverb time, or RT60 — the time it takes for sound to fully decay, 60 decibels down, from its initial impact. While a large, open hall might enhance a traditional choir and blend or average pitch, […]

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