Old Barn Audio have installed church sound systems in well over 500 churches and places of worship and have a massive amount of experience and advice they can offer. Normally it will be the vicar or volunteer staff who will be organising the updates to speaker systems and they generally know very little about what they need to create great sound within the church. This is where Old Barn Audio will help and advise, giving all the options of what is available and what would be best for the specific venue.
Church sound systems can be very simple and unobtrusive, from just a few speakers and a microphone, serving less than a hundred, to a full blown line array system, offering sound reinforcement to many thousands. More and more, Old Barn Audio are installing new speaker systems into churches, mosques and synagogues, as they move on and require great sound, up to date technology and perfect hearing for all parishioners.
Please take a look at some of the church sound installations that Old Barn Audio have recently been commissioned to complete.
Once a request has been made, Old Barn Audio staff visit the church and meet with the vicar to discuss the needs for the church sound system. On many occasions this can cover not only the sound installation, but induction loop systems and visual equipment too. Once the initial meeting has taken place, a fully specified quotation is submitted, normally offering two systems, at given prices, to give the committee some discussion points. These prices are naturally dependent on how many zones there are within the church, denoting the number of speakers, amplifiers, microphones and ancillary parts that will be required.
Old Barn Audio will generally install speakers, amplifiers, mixers and microphones into church sound systems. This enables the place of worship to have a fully functioning system, with perfect acoustic sound throughout where the congregation will be seated, as well as the rest of the church. Wireless technology is ideal for these venues as the sound can then be matched to the size of the congregation and, along with an effective induction loop system, will mean everyone gets to hear. With today’s technology, the audio designer is able to put more into parts and less into labour, meaning you will get far more for your money.
The soundcraft UI wireless mixers are IP based, so any wireless device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet can be used to access the mixer. This makes it incredibly easy to adjust the sound within your church and works really well in all places of worship.
Worship bands are very common these days in most churches and all of Old Barn Audio’s designs for church sound systems cater for these too. Taking into account all types of instruments, the sound system would be tailored to suit. For example, if drums and bass guitars are part of the worship band, then sub speakers would be included in the quote.
Like any sound installation in a venue, no two are the same, but Old Barn Audio use their experience to advise the customer what is required, not only for today’s usage but also for future expansion to protect their investment.
Below is an example design for a sound system installed into a church in Hastings. It shows multiple microphone inputs as well as the main mix from the worship band. The output stages are routed to multiple amplifiers serving many zones of speakers along with sends to the loop amplifier and digital recorder :
In this install, we used Martin Audio AQ5 and Martin Audio AQ6 speakers. However we generally install a mix of the fantastic Martin Audio CDD Series – amazingly small and discreet speakers with ideal sound for church sound systems
Please contact Old Barn Audio on +44(0)1892 752246 to discuss any church sound systems installation project.