Another Successful Church Sound System

Old Barn Audio have nearly finished another successful church sound system. This one is St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, over in Kent.

In many churches there is already a sound system. Old Barn Audio will always try and use as much of the original equipment where possible, keeping the cost to a minimum and saving precious money for the church.


The existing speakers have been retained, although we have moved them up around 12” to tidy up the lengths of cable hanging over the stone capitals. An additional speaker will be added to serve the rear of church area behind the glass wall. A second has been added to serve the balcony.

Induction Loop

This has remained but the cable has been re-routed from where it currently travels across the wooden beam above the developed kitchen area to a more subtle positioning.


The microphones have been replaced although the plug-in headset has remained, as it is compatible with current radio systems.

We advised not using a standard hand held radio microphone on the lectern as they are not designed for this purpose. The ideal solution is a purpose designed gooseneck lectern microphone with a radio attachment – high quality audio and no cables. The existing drop outs they have experienced in the past with their radio microphone system will no longer occur once the new systems are fitted.

We have supplied a new worship leader radio system with lapel or headset microphone options and a lectern microphone. There is also expansion room in the system for additional microphones / instruments as desired. We have installed 3 microphones and instrument plug in points at the front of the church. These are linked directly to the sound mixer and numbered for ease of reference.

Wireless Sound Mixer.

The ideal solution in a building like this, is a wireless sound mixer stored out of sight. It requires no cables and has a wide operating range, which is excellent for on board audio facilities. It is simple to operate and it can then be accessed from anywhere in the church via an iPad. The iPad is stored on the face of the mixer where it is charged. For everyday services where no system operation is required the system can just be switched on and used. For services where operation is required simply remove the iPad and carry out the operation discreetly from anywhere in the church.

Pre-recorded music for weddings / funerals etc.

The sound mixer now has inputs for a CD player, MP3 player, iPad or iPhone. Music can be streamed from any wi-fi device or stored and accessed from a memory stick. As time moves on virtually all music will be played from wi-fi devices or memory sticks so this is a future proof method, unlike a CD player, which will probably become redundant in the not too distant future.


As the church in Davington is modest in size, video may be used in different formats, so the ideal solution is a large flat screen on a wheeled frame. Modern SMART screens are falling in price whilst rising in quality every day. They have very high resolution, lots of on board connectivity and can be linked to the Internet. Then a computer can be used to relay words or photos, a DVD player or storage device for films, or transmit / receive services across the globe in real time via the Internet.


All equipment will be kept in the existing secure cabinet and permanently cabled.

The lectern microphone will be simple to operate and far more effective than the current system. Using a headset will be more effective, as the sonic performance is better than lapel microphones, which are notoriously temperamental.

A Typical Installation such as this includes:

  • 2 x Martin Audio CDD5TX speakers
  • 1 x UHF radio microphone system
  • 1 x radio aerial extender / booster
  • 1 x lectern microphone
  • 1 x radio system for above with plug in transmitter
  • 1 x 12-channel wireless sound mixer
  • 1 x wi-fi router for above
  • 3 x microphone / instrument plug in points
  • All cables / connectors and fittings as required
  • Crop loop cable and re-route
  • 1 x 50” flat screen HD TV
  • 1 x wheeled stand for above

All Old Barn Audio installations are fully guaranteed for 2 years and are fully insured.

If you are in charge of organising better sound for your church then please get in touch, either through our contact form or by calling 01892 752246.

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Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin Audio

Old Barn Audio are looking forward to this new project. A great Harveys pub in Lewes takes on Martin Audio, which will make lunchtime interesting – the guys at Old Barn Audio occasionally love a half of Harveys!

The Swan Pub in Lewes is a very long standing pub and a lot of their focus is about music. They host many open mic nights, inviting lots of budding artists to come and perform, ensuring the pub is kept busy every evening. Including top notch food for many different publicised speciality evenings, this Lewes pub is a real winner and OBA are looking forward to the install.

Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin AudioThis bar sound installation will include:

It will also include plug in points for the bar iPod, turntables, microphone and a party iPod. It will then ensure they have fantastic sound throughout all sections of the pubs, including a quieter area where there will be effective and subtle background music; through to the livelier bar, where the live music will be enjoyed by all.

Lewes is an interesting town; the county town of Lewes and steeped in history, host to many lovely venues and Old Barn Audio have worked in a few, from play areas to pubs. Pub in Lewes Takes on Martin AudioIt will be a nice local project for Old Barn Audio to work on as well, which is always a bonus!

If you own or run a pub or restaurant in the UK and are looking for a fantastic sound system with extremely knowledgeable engineers, who have many years of experience and can advise you of the most efficient system for your needs, then please get in touch. Either through our enquiry form or by calling us on 01892 752246.

We look forward to hearing from you…


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Private Nightclub Video Upload

When we love a job that we work on, we ask our videographer James Cox to compile the elements that have made it a great project to work on.

So this private nightclub was a good one to video; to promote the products we used – Martin Audio as well as Crown Amplifiers and then showcase a little of what the project was about:

Old Barn Audio work in many nightclubs as well as bars and restaurants, installing quality sound and lighting.

If you have a project, such as this, that you would like us to be involved with, then please call us on 01892 752246 or get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you…

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Great Testimonial from Hillview School

It is always nice to get good feedback. As you know, a couple of weeks ago, Old Barn Audio spent the day with the students of Hillview School, at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge, for their annual Stars in their Eyes evening.

This is what Tim Robertson, Head of Music from the school, had to say about Old Barn:

“We use oldbarnaudio every year for our school ‘Stars in their Eyes’ concert.
The professionalism and quality of sound from Phil and Neil is always outstanding and it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be the same without them.
This year we had a full professional band on stage with the singers and everyone commented how amazing it sounded on stage and out front of house.
I can totally recommend oldbarnaudio and we will continue to use them for our concerts in the future.”

Tim Robertson
Head of Music
Hillview School for Girls

Thanks Tim and we look forward to next year…

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Annual Show for Hillview School Another Success

Pa Hire for local schoolLast week saw Old Barn Audio spending the day at Hillview School for Girls. The guys at OBA have worked with Tim Robertson from the Music Department for many years now and really enjoy this one day out of the office.

They arrived first thing, to set up the sound for the day. They brought with them speakers, amplifiers, monitors, processors and microphones they use for hire out to other companies. In all, everything that is needed for a successful school talent show.

This event is always a great success and is held at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge as they need a large open venue that will hold all parents as well as students.

Old Barn Audio’s Martin Audio sound equipment definitely had a good airing last week and the guys took with them:

Such a fun day with all the auditions and then all guests arrived for the actual show in the evening. This went without a hitch and all in all was another roaring success. OBA love this day and will continue to provide the sound as long as they are needed.

Thanks guys, hope to see you again next year…

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New Church Sound Install Nearly Complete

Old Barn Audio are very proud of the work they do. They receive many glowing testimonials from their clients and this consequently leads to referrals and new work. Yet another new church sound install is now nearly complete. This one is St Barnabas Church in Boughton Under Blean, in the Church of England Diocese of Canterbury.

 Church Sound InstallOBA specified a sound system and offered an option on the speakers that would be installed. Both speaker models are from Martin Audio and they were given the choice of CDD5 or CDD6. The CDD5 model is a little smaller than the CDD6 with the CDD6 being more powerful and offering a wider frequency response so would be better for music.

This proposed wi-fi sound mixer requires a tablet or smart phone to access the controls as there are none on the mixer face. We have installed a number of these in churches and they are proving successful and very easy to use. The beauty of a wi-fi mixer is the software; it allows exceptional sound contouring for the install engineer and a very easy to operate control surface for the everyday user. Also, as there are no surface controls and the default programmes are storeable, it makes the unit completely tamper proof.

The speakers have been mounted on the cross beams within the church and are aimed downwards to the congregation. In black they will be well concealed and ideally placed to offer seamless audio dispersion.

An induction loop system has also installed. The loop system will be directly connected to the sound system so will not work as a stand alone system.

In total Old Barn Audio have installed:

  • 1 x 120 sq. metre induction loop amplifier
  • 4 x Martin Audio CDD5 speakers in black with black brackets for the Nave
  • 1 x Martin Audio CDD5 speaker in black with black bracket for the stage
  • 1 x Soundcraft Ui12 wi-fi sound mixer
  • 1 x XLS twin channel power amplifier (Nave)
  • 1 x amplifier for stage speaker
  • 3 x UHF radio system with headset / lapel microphone
  • 1 x UHF radio system with hand held microphone
  • 1 x wall mounted plug in box for audio / video from laptop / iPod etc.
  • 1 x lockable wall mounted cabinet to house all electronics

Audio for sister church

  • 1 x UHF radio microphone with lapel fitting


  • 1 x 3000 lumen ceiling mounted projector (suspended under joist)
  • 1 x ceiling mount for above
  • 1 x DVD player

Neil is over in Boughton Under Blean today finishing the job and we are hoping for a nice testimonial from yet another successful church sound install by Old Barn Audio.

If you are struggling to make your congregation hear when they are seated in church, or your sound equipment is very dated and needs a revamp, then please either call on 01892 752246 or get in touch with Old Barn Audio and someone will come back to you as soon as possible. We have many years of experience working with all possible challenges that can occur within a church environment and understand the need for great acoustics as well as effective visibility within the space allowed.

We look forward to hearing from you…

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Old Barn Audio are Recruiting…

It is just getting busier and busier at the Old Barn Audio headquarters. With all the great enquiries and subsequent projects Old Barn Audio have been involved in, the guys are looking to expand their staff.

Martin Audio MLA Mini and CompactDo you feel you have what it takes to work for a company such as this? We have many years of experience in the sound installation world and are extremely knowledgeable in what we do.

We are looking for like minded people to join our expanding team. You would need to have experience in the sound installation industry, whether it is through management, engineering or office administration.

There will be several roles available. Based in the south east of England, depending on which role you undertake, you would need to be at least partially office based.

Please send your CV to if you are looking for a change in your career. Extremely competitive salaries for the right calibre of candidate.

We look forward to hearing from you…


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Crown Amplifiers Across The World

Old Barn Audio always like to work with top quality products. We pride ourselves in only working with the best and this, along with our experience of installations is serving us well. Crown Amplifiers are just one of the range of products we use time and time again. We like the reassurance that we are installing quality products for our customers, alongside some of the top venues in the world such as:

Anaheim Convention Centre

Crown AmplifiersThe Anaheim Convention Center is a major convention center in Anaheim, California. It is located across from the Disneyland Resort on Katella Avenue. The original components, designed by Adrian Wilson & Associates, opened in July 1967 — including a basketball arena followed shortly by the convention hall. Crown is proud to provide the amplification power heard by the thousands of people who walk through the convention center each year.

Hong Kong Stadium

The Hong Kong Stadium is Hong Kong’s main sports venue. It hosts up to 40,000 people at one time for a variety of sporting events from cricket and football to rugby. Using the power of Crown amplification, fans can enjoy their favorite sporting event without straining to hear.

Honda Centre

Home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League,The Honda Centre in Anaheim has seen a variety of acts aside from hockey including; Barry Manilow concert, several UFC fights, Tina Turner concert, WWE wrestling events, Katy Perry concert and Miley Cyrus concert. Using Crown Audio, acts like these continue to rock the Honda Center over and over again.

Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Crown AmplifiersThe Shanghai New International Expo Centre is an exhibition center in Shanghai, China. It hosts a large number of exhibitions, including the Shanghai Motor Show. It has also hosted the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup, where one of the halls was temporarily converted into a tennis court. Thanks to Crown amplifiers and Harman audio systems, the Expo Center can keep up with the demand for professional audio.

Everland Theme Park, South Korea

Weighing in at 6.6 million visitors per year, Everland Theme Park in South Korea is ranked 13th in the world for amusement park attendance in 2011. The park also includes a zoo and water park. Powered by Crown Audio, Everland Park knows how to make some noise.

Michigan International Speedway

You wont have to listen too closely to be able to hear the sound of Crown amplification over the roar of race cars ripping past at Michigan International Speedway.

You can also be sure that when you go to a Linkin Park concert, Crown Audio will be behind the scenes delivering enough power to rock the house!

For stadiums and arenas where thousands of visitors are supporting bands or sporting events, or possibly listening to speakers at conventions, Old Barn Audio are reassured that Crown amplifiers will give quality amplification in large open spaces and smaller confined areas alike.

If you are looking to have Crown Amplifiers installed in you venue, or indeed buy from the range, however large or small, then please contact Old Barn Audio on either 01892 752246 or through our enquiry form. Having many years in the sound installations industry we create bespoke packages that will give you great sound and amplification.

Information taken from Crown Audio Website

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Dorchester Abbey To Upgrade Using Dante Networking

Dorchester AbbeyOld Barn Audio were originally contacted to go and carry out a site visit at Dorchester Abbey. The sound system that was already installed was not efficient and not working to the specification that it had been designed for.

They had 2 symetrix units already installed and one was not working, so they contacted Old Barn Audio and have ultimately decided to upgrade their systems

Having now seen the install, it is obvious that a ‘hands on’ end result is what is needed, but using install designed products.  The Symetrix Jupiter(s) that they currently have is to be retained and added to but a decision to move to the high-end Symetrix Radius EX using the Dante networking, is an obvious choice to offer future proofing for the Abbey, as well as the choice to augment many of the existing systems and equipment into the new system and utilise all forms of serial control functionality it offers.

Dante Networking

In 2006 Audinate brought to market, an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology characterized by near-zero latency and network-wide synchronization. They called the technology “Dante”.

In 2007 Symetrix recognized the need for a high-performance and standardized multi-channel digital audio networking technology not only for its own products but for the pro audio industry at large. After considerable research, Symetrix signed with Audinate to become one of the very early licensees of the Dante networking solution.

The Upgrade

Even though the Radius 12×8 EX is from the same company, the software differs vastly in its programming style than that of the fixed architecture of the Jupiter.  The initial setup, design, implementation, tuning and teaching has to be taken into account in this initial upgrade.

Once on site, Old Barn will fully install the two Symetrix products and link them via UTP CAT5e(6) cable. This will enable them to reside on the same network and be seen on the same screen for ease of use, which was requested in the original brief.  The entire system will then be integrated into their Wi-Fi network, as well as setup of all of the tablet protocol and software and tune the room for both EQ and delay timings.  From there, individual microphones will have their own EQ set to offer the best possible performance from the entire system and audio chain.  The network facility will then be remotely setup so we can talk to the system from the Old Barn Audio offices, to enable technical changes to be made, which may be necessary.

Dorchester AbbeyLastly, we will then spend time going through the system software, our design and then tailoring the initial setup to the exact needs of Dorchester Abbey.  From there a one-to-one lesson will be held, explaining the basic system tools and how to make changes and design the custom screens.

Once this has all been completed, and The Abbey have used the system for a while, we can then return and tender for the integration of all of the serial control of external devices, setup the protocols for this and design the custom control screens.

If you need either your system reconfiguring, or a full church sound installation, then please get in touch or call Old Barn Audio on 01892 752246.

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East Grinstead Gym Sound System Installation

Solan Fitness in East GrinsteadGym Sound System Installation was a really tight turn around for Old Barn Audio. This gym sound system installation was agreed and the install arranged in swift time to get the gymnasium open by the end of January. This is the second gym to be opened as a part of Solan Fitness and now creates an absolutely amazing sound, resonating throughout this West Sussex gym.

Using a combination of Martin Audio, Crown amplifiers, Ohm ceiling speakers and Cloud mixers, we feel this gymnasium sound system will produce an effective and high quality sound throughout each area of the gymnasium.

In summary this gym sound system installation now consists of:

Cardio Area / Concourse

Gym Area

Side of gym area

Spin Studio

Dance Studio

Changing Rooms


  • 2 x UST projector – 3000 lumens – image 2.8M x 1.9M minimum
  • 1 x Electric projector screen 3M x 2M

A gymnasium sound system installation is only as good as the products that are used. Old Barn Audio always design bespoke sound systems for each project they work on.

If you have a gymnasium and need to have extraordinary sound, then please either get in touch or call us on 01892 752246.


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