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4 Useful Ways to Optimise Your Church's Acoustics

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When the sound system design of your church is perfect, it inspires the audience to listen more and more. A poorly designed system, on the other hand, can cause a lot of audible noise that can distract church congregants from the main message. You should hire an experienced acoustic expert to review and install a quality sound system. If you already have a system that has sup-bar sound quality, you should think about upgrading and re-configuring it for optimal performance. Here are five solid tips to optimise your church sound system.

Neat Installation -- A house of worship will definitely encounter heavy human traffic; thus, clean wiring is imperative. Ensure that all wires run through walls to avoid trip hazards or disconnections. The entire audio wiring should be neat and follow acoustic standards of installation. Clean installation ensures that any competent sound technician can recognise the installation design and troubleshoot it when it malfunctions. A neat system can also ensure ease of repair by any other technician apart from the one that designed it. In this case, the technician should avail the design layout for future upgrading or reconfiguration.    

Speaker Alignment -- All speakers have unique angles of sound dispersion that are affected by factors such as their placement and distance. An acoustic technician can set up your church system so that all the speakers are appropriately aligned so that the angle of sound dispersion is utilised effectively. For example, the speakers can be installed away from walls so that the sound produced is not limited by the effect of the wall. As for sub woofers, avoid mounting them above ground if you want to receive maximum resonance in the entire sanctuary.  

Dual Functionality -- Some churches configure their audio systems for music production and for speech. The former is important during praise sessions while the latter is useful during sermons. However, achieving the two functionalities is often difficult. A qualified acoustic technician should install a sound system that meets these two functionalities without compromising either. The audience should hear the speech clearly while the audible noise in the music should also be low. 

Consider Distance -- In many audio setups, when the sound is turned up, you will often receive a feedback through the microphones. This sound sometimes can be loud and quite irritating. Factors that influence this feedback include the distance between the microphones and the sound source. The distance to the listener furthest away from the sound source; and the distance between speakers and sound source, among others factors. Therefore, an acoustic technician can consider all these variables when designing and installing the church's sound system in order to produce an optimum performance.