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    Delhi, Ontario

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The Testing Room Part 1

Posted by jdbsound on July 13, 2014

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The test room is well underway in becoming reality. Here is a photo of the crew transforming one of the rooms in my new home into a test lab.

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This room will allow us to measure and test an unlimited number of configurations of equalizing and matching the acoustical fixed for churches.  Since computer simulations don’t work with this technique of acoustical sound management for churches this is the next best thing.  In earlier testing in other room years ago, the tests done translated very will into larger spaces.  In the past, this testing was only to find the most common acoustical problems churches have.  Since then, churches have been demanding even better room control and this test room will allow us to customize the acoustics of any worship space.

It is our hope that the ability for room testing will be ready in the next two weeks.

Blessings

Joseph De Buglio

 

 

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Worship Spaces are like Musical Instruments

Posted by jdbsound on June 12, 2014

Churches and Worship spaces are like musical instruments. Look at a violin.

A lot of detail goes into designing and building a violin. Many violin builders know that if you leave parts out or don’t design the same details into every violin, then you wind up with something that isn’t playable or you have something that cannot be used in an orchestra. Violins are built to a certain standard of performance and to get to that performance, you have to build them almost all the same.

If we built violins the way we build churches, it would be the end of orchestras because all the violins would sound too different to play together. Is this what is happening to churches and worship centers? Are our churches sounding so different that when people visit for the first time they can’t understand what is being said or the sound quality is so different that hearing “church talk”, it is too confusing?

If a church is a musical instrument and it doesn’t sound right, adding the sound system will not fix. Think about it. Does adding an electronic pickup or microphone make a bad sounding guitar sound better? No. All that a microphone or pickup does is amplify what you have. You know – Garbage in – Garbage out… Yet everyday, churches are upgrading and changing their sound systems with a complete disregard to the acoustics of the worship space. All they do is exchange one set of problems for another set of problems. Unit the room is fixed, spending money on sound equipment is not an investment. All it does is make the sound companies and manufacturers rich.

When a church has acoustical problems, spending more money on sound equipment certainly isn’t helping to get more people to stay in church.

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New Office Hours

Posted by jdbsound on May 28, 2014

New Office hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm. If you call or email outside of those hours, your messages will be answered the next business day.

Blessings….

Joseph De Buglio

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JdB Sound Acoustics is Moving

Posted by jdbsound on April 16, 2014

JdB Sound Acoustics is moving between May 1st to May 10th. Anyone needing help can call after May 10th for help.

In the new facility, a lab is being built for testing and designing tube radiators patterns to target specific frequency will go on-line in July. The lab will allow us to create better passive equalization curves for better sound system performances.

For churches this means if the room is really reflective at 500 hertz or 300 hertz, we can create a tube radiator pattern that can attenuate or absorb up to 60dB or 2.5 sabines at those specific frequencies. Sort of creating a passive notch filter that is immune to humidity and temperature changes. No other acoustical system is able to give such control.

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Peace Mennonite and Gateway Community Church

Posted by jdbsound on February 24, 2014

Just completed inspecting two churches.  Peace Mennonite in Richmond BC and Gateway Community Church in Abbotsford BC.  The results are amazing.  While Gateway’s acoustics are not finished yet, what has been completed so far sounds great.  meanwhile, at Peace Mennonite the performance of the square room with corner stage turned out exactly as predicted.  Photos of these two churches have been posted here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdbsound/collections/72157627021000982/

 

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Acoustics 102

Posted by jdbsound on February 10, 2014

Fixing the acoustics of a church requires a system. Evidence shows that single purpose acoustical fixes may solve the original problem but the fix can, and often creates 2 or 3 other problems. Since all churches with acoustical problems come in layers, you need a system to treat all the layers in one step. Since proper acoustical fixes are a system, you have to complete the system to realize the full benefit of the acoustical repair.

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A church without acoustics is a church that has never been finished.  (This message will be repeated often.)

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Anyone interested in accessing a Free Recording Studio?

Posted by jdbsound on November 28, 2013

Light of Dae Studios
Free Recording Studio for Youth
and Church Youth Groups

It is really free but some conditions do apply
Call 1 (905) 839-9998 for details

Studio location is in Pickering, Ontario, Canada
over 8 million people and 1000 churches within 1 hr of the Studio

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Room Shape Facts

Posted by jdbsound on November 2, 2013

The rectangle room shape for a church is the best when it is in the right ratio. All other room shapes are rooms that people spend millions on with sound equipment and acoustical panels to make them sound like a rectangle room.

The truth is, the most you can do with other room shapes is make them as usable as possible. You can make any room perform almost as good as a rectangle but they will never “sound” like a rectangle. Every room will have its own unique sound.

A rectangle room use sideways will never sound as good as a room used lengthways.

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Estevan Church of God is Transformed

Posted by jdbsound on October 13, 2013

Estevan Church of God is in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Before the acoustical changes.

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After Acoustical Changes.

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Bogota Columbia Church gets great Acoustics

Posted by jdbsound on October 13, 2013

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Acoustical Facts

Posted by jdbsound on March 21, 2013

Did you know that if you use hard shell half round shapes in a sequential pattern, you will not need bass traps in the corners of your room!

It’s true.

Did you know this if you use hard shell half round shapes in a sequential pattern you can reduce excess bass in some frequencies over 40dB?

It’s True.

Did you know that in larger churches, the half round shapes can increase the bandwidth of a sound system, increase the gain before feedback and increase the bass output of sub woofer up to 6dB!

It’s True.

Did you know that if you use hard shell half round shapes in a sequential pattern around your whole worship space, you can double or triple the number of people singing during worship without having to tell them to participate more or to sing louder!

It’s True.

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Windermere United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Posted by jdbsound on March 18, 2013

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Completed their Sound System and Acoustical upgrade in Summer of 2012.

In the last year, all of the complaint about sound have been exchange for a growing church.

Click on the photo to see the full size image.
To see other images of this church please use this link – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdbsound/sets/72157632984258138/

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Free Hearing Test with an Apple App

Posted by jdbsound on February 21, 2013

Get your hearing tested for free.  If you have an iPad, iPod or iPhone, you can test your hearing with a free App.  It is good enough to confirm whether if you have a hearing problem and whether you should be getting professional help.

The software is from Unitron and they make hearing aids. So while some people think that this is just a sales marketing tool, and it very well may be, but it matches a hearing test of mine done in a proper lab hours apart. That is good enough to decide who should be behind a mixer and making adjustments during worship.

What I have also done is use this test for people who persistently ask me to turn things up – even when they have sat in different places. When everything is working properly and I know the sound system is passing the STI speech intelligibility test, I will ask the person to take the test.  Be gentle and kind when asking people to take the test.  When people discover that they need help, setting them off in getting their hearing back often gives them back their life too.  The App is called “U-Hear”

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TV Show you need to watch

Posted by jdbsound on January 29, 2013

The Bible
A ten-hour epic movie of the Bible. This is a must see!
First world-wide broadcast in five episodes, 2 hours each begins on March 3rd, 2013.

http://www.bibleseries.tv/

Hope to see it on an Over the Air station really soon after the first broadcast.
Cable and satellite is too expensive.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by jdbsound on January 10, 2013

If experiencing poor sound in church could be measured as pain and people are not complaining about it, it could be because they don’t consider taking 10 extra strength pain killers per worship service as overdosing.

by Joseph De Buglio Jan 2013

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