While Houses of Worship customers often expect “church pricing,” integrators would do well to remind them of these considerations aimed at investing toward quality, reliable systems.
Church sanctuaries are usually quieter than other “places of gathering,” and as such the sound system must be quieter than usual to prevent audible noise in the audience area.
Our proposal provides for 96dB of dynamic range — a figure typical for recording studios and other critical listening environments. This extended dynamic range assures that the sound system will not be the “weakest link” when it comes to system performance. Audio equipment is not “plug and play.” Our proposal includes an accurate and meticulous adjustment of the gain structure of the sound system.
Many listening environments have a “sweet spot” for which the sound system performance is optimized. In houses of worship, every seat must be optimized for adequate signal-to-noise ratio and suitable early-to-late energy ratios. Our proposal provides a minimum of 25dB signal-to-noise ratio and an appropriate early-to-late energy ratio for a client’s type of worship, for every seat in the audience area.
Many auditoriums are plagued with “hot” and “cold” spots in the sound coverage. This can usually be attributed to interaction between multiple loudspeakers, and is unavoidable when more than one loudspeaker is required to deliver sound coverage for the audience.
A good design assures that there is even coverage in the audience area, and that no seats are rendered unusable by loudspeaker interaction.
While it is possible to design sound systems that are optimized for speech or music, HOW systems must perform well for speech and music. Since the attributes of these two types of systems are often at odds, this is a very difficult task. The proposed system has the accuracy and clarity required for speech reproduction, while maintaining the extended frequency response and power handling required for music.
Wireless Microphones and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)
Wireless microphones provide some excellent benefits for houses of worship. These are actually small radio stations that broadcast on a specific frequency.
The selection of frequency is critical to the mic’s proper operation. The operating frequencies for wireless mics must be carefully selected to work properly in the presence of other RF broadcasts in your area.
Calibration, Training and Documentation
A properly calibrated sound system will be much easier for personnel to operate. A significant amount of expertise is required to make a system “user friendly.” The proposed system must be calibrated using advanced audio and acoustic instrumentation.
A church is a critical listening environment for speech and music. As such the sound system must provide adequate acoustic gain, intelligible speech, even coverage and extended bandwidth to all listener seats. The best value in a sound system is one that meets all of these criteria. Such a system will provide years of trouble-free service and serve to complement your HOW customer’s worship services.