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    Churches are the most complicated spaces to tame. There are no short cuts to church sound. The information presented here just scratches the surface of how large rooms have layers of sound that creates either constructive or destructive reflections and energy management. Most of the information here is based on years of experience and thousands of hours studying, research and testing. Every church can have great acoustics and worship experience. Knowledge has taught us that whenever aesthetics is chosen over performance, the congregation loses out. Whenever worship space performance outweighs the aesthetics, everyone benefits.

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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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