Our senior sound engineer has over 30 years experience operating and installing church sound systems, and trains church members how to operate their own sound systems
Our team have previously helped churches with the following areas:
- Choosing the correct microphones
- Training volunteers in using their churches sound system
- Problem diagnosis and resolution with existing sound systems
- Hearing Loops
- Sound system design and installation
- Integration of projectors and computers
Church sound systems take many forms, from sound reinforcement systems to complete audio visual systems.
Church buildings also vary and include traditional church or chapel designs, modern buildings designed with amplification in mind, and school halls or converted industrial units.
Church Sound Systems
Choosing the right kind of mixer for churches
If you do not have anyone to operate your system during services and it has to be switched on before and after use then a simple "inline" mixer could be a good choice.
Where there is not always an operator for the sound system a smart mixer that automatically detects the volume levels from each microphone makes an even better choice .
Choosing the right kind of church microphone
The best microphones for use with lecterns are high quality condenser microphones on flexible stems (Gooseneck microphones) .
Radio mics are also very good if used correctly.
Condenser microphones require a power source, either from your mixer (known as phantom power and supplied via the mic cable), or an external supply
If you have someone who can adjust the sound as required then you can consider choosing a more flexible mixer desk that can cope with the use of wireless mics and a wider range of speech styles. These mixers often come in a desk top format.
hearing loop systems for churches
The purpose of a hearing loop system (or induction loop) is to provide a signal that can be picked up by any hearing aid equipped with a telephone pick-up.
Under the Equality Act of 2010 you are required to make "reasonable adjustments" so that your service is accessible to people with disabilities, and this includes hearing loss.
Hearing loops in churches can be run at ground level (which is easier to install) or around the wall plate (out of sight but takes longer).
Hearing loops must be fed from a sound system for the best quality sound.
Choosing a wireless microphone system for church
Quality Hand Held wireless mics are less prone to feedback than lapel mics. They rely on being held correctly or a correctly positioned microphone stand.
Lapel microphones are very common and if the wearer has a suitable collar or tie they can be quite effective. The antenna and thin microphone cable require gentle usage. If the wearer turns their head away the sound quality will drop.
You can only use between 3 and 4 licence free analogue radio microphone systems at the same time.
A licensed system can have up to 12 microphones at the same time.
It is worth investing in Duracell Industrial AA batteries for your church sound system. With good quality equipment and antenna placement you can expect to get 8 services to a set of batteries.
Church Sound System Installation
MPB Sound and Light provide a complete sound system installation service.This includes
- A site visit and sound system proposal
- Sourcing and installation of equipment
- Provision of training for your operators or church wardens in how to use the sound system
In order to better understand your requirements we prefer to meet you onsite at the church to discuss the requirements for your church sound system.
We will discuss the options available and an overview of how we can meet your requirements, and any restrictions that might apply in listed buildings etc. If there are any options which we are aware of that might benefit your congregation then these will also be discussed with you.
Then the formal detailed proposal will be written by our engineers and provided to you for consideration.
Once you have accepted our installation proposal a target date for installation of your church sound system can be agreed.
We recognise that unexpected funerals and regular commitments can alter the actual days available for installation, and therefore we try to be as flexible as possible
Additional training sessions following the installation for new operators can be arranged if required for an additional fee
Part 1 is putting cables in place and erecting access equipment. Part 2 is equipment installation and testing. The final day is when fine tuning and training takes place.
The process of laying and routing sound cables in church buildings is very time consuming. It makes sense to lay cables for extra microphones, projectors and audio monitors at the same time as your church sound system installation. Even if they are not going to be used right now.
The sound system installation can take from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size of church. We normally ask for a week to complete an installation. During this time it may be necessary to bring in scaffolding or other access equipment. There will be times where access by the public will be limited for health and safety reasons.
The image below shows a top of the range column speaker. We recommend speakers similar to these for most of our church speaker systems.
All our installation work is backed by a 12 month guarantee. If equipment fails within 28 days then it will be replaced with a new item. Within 28 days we would carry out the replacement free of charge
If equipment fails within 12 months then it will be replaced under manufacturers warranty. A charge for labour or transport may be made.
If the manufacturer can prove that the damage was caused wilful neglect or improper use of the equipment, a repair/replacement charge may apply, particularly in the case of damaged speakers.
During the settling in period we will be available to answer your questions and give advice. We can also come back and meet you free of charge, subject to other commitments at the time.
If you would like regular maintenance and checks carried out we would be pleased to discuss this with you and offer you a maintenance proposal