House of Worship
Make sure the word is heard
Scripture readings, sermons, and music should be clearly heard by all. A cost-effective A/V system from Crutchfield will help you communicate with the congregation.
Audio system design
Each house of worship presents a different set of challenges to an audio system designer. Let's start with your goals:
- Good, clean sound in every part of the sanctuary
- Dependable gear that’s easy for inexperienced volunteers operate
- A tidy installation that doesn't spoil the beauty of the sanctuary
- Sound that extends from the sanctuary to the "cry room" and other secondary spaces
Achieving those results can be difficult, given a limited budget and the acoustic factors designers have to deal with:
- High ceilings
- Lots of reflective surfaces like glass, stone, and wood
- Odd-shaped spaces that may include extended transepts, balconies, or choir lofts
To help your designer account for everything during the planning stage, send us a good set of floorplans, along with photographs of the spaces.
Make sure voices and music are heard
Our designers will help you choose the right microphones for every situation. You’ll need microphones for the people who speak during services, of course. Anyone who moves around while speaking will need a wireless mic. Overhead mics might be the best solution for the choir. A praise band may need several different types of mics for singers and instruments.
Each microphone, instrument, or playback device will be plugged into a channel on a mixing board. That way, you can use knobs or sliders to adjust relative volume (e.g. bring the drums down a notch so they don't drown out the vocalist). We’ll make sure you get a mixer with enough inputs to handle your setup, and help you understand how to make EQ adjustments when necessary.
Today's digital mixing boards include powerful tools that help novice users prevent feedback and quickly dial in the right settings for speech, song, and musical instruments. You can even save settings for different kinds of services or musical ensembles. Or mix from your seat in the congregation, using a tablet or other wireless device.
It takes a lot of volume to fill a church sanctuary, so most systems will include at least a few large public address (PA) speakers. Because live music demands full-range, high-fidelity sound, size and quality matter. You may want a subwoofer or two to bring out the deep bass notes.
To make sure the sound is evenly distributed throughout the room, your designer may also recommend some smaller satellite speakers, strategically placed along the side walls.
If you need sound piped to other parts of the building, we'll suggest zones with separate volume controls. That way nursery volunteers can still hear the service at a low volume, and listeners in other parts of the building can choose to hear it a little louder.
TV and video
You may need a TV in the nursery or a projector and screen in the sanctuary or auditorium. Talk with our designers to figure out what works best for your space.
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