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Maranatha Church, Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Posted by jdbsound on October 24, 2014

There are over 400 churches that now have very good to great acoustics.  Just recently, Maranatha Church in Hamilton, Ontario has joined the ranks of one of the best sounding traditional church in and around Hamilton.  Look them up, make a visit.  You will not be disappointed.

The congregation can down out the organ.  When does that happen?

maranatha 02The congregation can down out the organ. When does that happen?

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Speech! Speech!

Posted by jdbsound on October 9, 2014

How to recognize speech?

or

How to wreck a nice beach?

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How does your church sound system perform?

When you’re listening to your church sound system what are you hearing?

If you are listening to your minister and you can’t tell the difference between these two phrases, don’t be too quick to blame the sound system.  The acoustics in your worship space could be limiting the performance of your sound system.  Chances are, if this is happening, congregational singing and praise and worship could be affected too.

Did you know that 90% of churches with poor acoustics can be fixed? So how much does it cost to fix the acoustics of a church?  A typical turn-key installed church sound system runs from $55 to $140.00 per seat or higher. High performing acoustical fixes in existing building run from $12.00 to $35.00 per seat and for new churches before they are built the acoustics can be a low as $23.00 per seat.  A fraction of the cost of a church sound system.

Well, you will need a sound system anyway so why do acoustics?  If you include the acoustics, you can have the acoustics and sound system combined for the same $55.00 to $140.00 per seat and have even better sounding sound system with less sound equipment or even with budget equipment.   That’s right!  A lot of current mid to high-end church sound systems are over designed because most of the designers of them think that more equipment will somehow side step physics and correct the room acoustics.  Well, that will never happen.  Oh!

Did you know that when many of these touring companies go from venue to venue, not all of what you see is turned on?  In many cases the same rig that needed everything turned on in one 10,000 seat venue only had 1/3rd of the same sound system turned on in another 10,000 seat venue.  For most outdoor systems, everything is used but for indoor venues the room decides what gets turned on and what is kept off but for convenience, the whole rig is set up every time.  What you see is not always what you hear.  Many times only a third of the twin line arrays are turned on. Every professional sound engineer  who mixes live sound for a living who knows and gets great sound consistently will tell you that less is better.

So what does this mean for churches?  When the acoustics are great and it meet all of the needs for worship including congregational singing, you can have great sound with up to a third less sound equipment.  That then give you two other options.  You can add more to the multi media budget or have higher quality equipment to get that extra sonic quality you wanted for the pastor or the praise team.

By getting your church acoustics managed properly, the church win in many ways.  First off, churches that have better acoustics and matching sound systems have an average higher attendance of 10 to 25%. With higher attendance you have a larger financial base for missions and other church programs.  Churches with better acoustics also have a much more stable memberships and have better successes at planting new churches.  Church staffing is easier to support and when building maintenance is required, the funds are easier to raise.  Along with that and something that is rarely mentioned, a church with higher attendance should also mean church pastors being better supported.

Finally something that I have repeated often, church acoustics usually pays for itself in 12 to 24 month.  What other item can a church invest in that pays for itself?  What investment is there that pays out a 100% return in two years or less?

by Joseph De Buglio

PS:  The opening lines are from an audio magazine news article in the 1980’s.  Couldn’t find the author.  However, the origins of the phrases many have dated back to Bell Lab around 1928.

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Methods of Church Acoustics

Posted by jdbsound on September 17, 2014

The following is an overly generalized statement but bear with me.

If I had followed the secular methods of doing larger room acoustics for churches over the last 25 years, I would be still looking for my third acoustical project.  Instead I ditched the methods taught at school and followed the scriptures method of doing church acoustics. Now over 450 churches have very good to great to excellent acoustics.  The science is all there, it’s just used in a different manner and it gives churches what they really want.  It gives a church a space they often hear about but never thought possible in their acoustical nightmare.

Doing church acoustics the biblical way always get the results a church wants regardless of the style worship you practice.  Hey, I used to do churches using secular methods and while it changed the room, often it limited or stifled the worship.  Church acoustics should enhance the worship and bring people together.

What should be louder?  A 37 rank pipe organ or 450 people singing?  How exciting is it when the congregation can out sing a pipe organ without effort!

What should be louder? A 40,000 watt sound system in a 600 seat church or the 500 people singing?  The people should be louder and they are in churches that use the biblical method of church acoustics.

Whether your have a store front worships space, a warehouse worship space or a purpose built church for a worship space, they all can have excellent acoustics right from the first day they worship in it.  Hey, I didn’t make the rules or the laws of physics, God did, and following God is what we are to do as Christians.

Blessings

Joseph De Buglio

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Tell Marketers latest scam looking for INF files

Posted by jdbsound on September 4, 2014

Just got a phone call for someone who said they represented Microsoft.  They said they were getting coded messages from my internet address saying that there was a problem with my computer.  They knew my name, my home address and the type of computer that I was using.  That is sort of creepy that they knew such details.

Anyway, I played along with them.  They asked me to search for INF files on my computer.  They said this was code for infections.  Well, fortunately I know enough about computer to know that INF files are text files that tells a windows program how to install new or updated software and drivers.  At that moment, there were trying to take over my computer.  So I turn off the internet to see what they would do next.  That is when they asked me to look for certain files and email the files to them.  When I told them my internet was down, they hung up on me.

* * WARNING * * If anyone calls on the phone and says they are from Microsoft or Windows, they are scammers.  They want your identity and banking information and destroy you life.

This is a cautionary warning for anyone getting calls from Tell Marketer’s. 

This kind of call has happened 4 time in the last 2 day and all of them spoke with an indian accents. 

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Test Room Results

Posted by jdbsound on September 4, 2014

The test room has been a great success.   We are getting meaningful results down to 100 hertz which is the limitation of the test speaker.  Hope to get a subwoofer for lower frequency testing.  In the meantime,  had a worship space with a problem at 230 hertz.  Found a pattern that will add an extra 30dB dip at 230 hertz on top of a general 20dB dip from 100 to 600 hertz.

 

At another church, there was a peak of 25dB between 800 to 1200 hertz.  Hope to have a pattern to solve this problem soon.  It shouldn’t take more than a week to figure out such a pattern.  I will keep you posted.

 

Joseph De Buglio

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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.

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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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