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How to Design High-Quality Church Acoustics

Proper acoustics add a dimension to sound design in the house of worship market, but there are various paths toward achieving, not mention plenty of pitfalls to overcome.

Integrators working in houses of worship often need to account for a combination of traditional speech intelligibility alongside live sound performance.

However, until a couple of years ago, awareness of acoustics in this unique vertical was still relatively low. Only recently have end users in this space begun to ask about acoustical treatments as part of church technology installations.

As churches evolve to accommodate different kinds of sound—from a choir and organ to, say, a rock band—they need more than just equipment to make that work properly.

Churches also have to think about how technology in the space affects speech audibility. Oftentimes, after a new sound system is installed, feedback from the congregation will reflect that amplified music is too loud, or that it’s suddenly difficult to understand spoken words.

These are the kinds of issues that can be retroactively or proactively solved using proper acoustical treatments. But for a relatively young category, there’s a lot to consider.

Download this free Commercial Integrator white paper to learn how to design high-quality sound and acoustics in houses of worship.