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
It is very likely that each church sound system will have unique requirements, as a church sound system installation company 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 switched on at the start of a service, to full blown audio visual systems with a stage area for worship groups and projection equipment.
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 with individual channel volumes and a master volume could be a good choice.
However, a smart mixer that automatically detects the volume levels from each microphone and reacts as programmed by your installer makes an even better choice for church sound systems where there is not always an operator for the sound system
Choosing the right kind of church microphone
The best microphones for use with unattended sound systems would be high quality condenser microphones on flexible stems (Gooseneck microphones) , these can be adjusted by your installer and left alone. The problem with radio mics and unattended operation is that the conditions in which the radio mic is operating change all the time.
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 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, which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, service providers 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 not a ceiling mic for optimal quality
Choosing a wireless microphone system for church
Quality Hand Held wireless mics are less prone to feedback than lapel mics, they do rely on being held correctly or a correctly positioned microphone stand
Lapel wireless microphones are very common and if the wearer has a suitable collar or tie they can be quite effective. However, the antenna and thin microphone cable to the transmitter require gentle usage. Also, if the wearer turns their head away the sound quality will drop
Unless you invest in licensed radio microphones or digital wireless microphones (currently license free) you can only use between 3 and 4 licence free analogue radio microphone systems 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 get a better understanding of your requirements we will arrange to meet your representatives onsite at the church to discuss the requirements for your church sound system installation.
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
The first couple of days is usually taken up with putting cables in place and erecting access equipment, with equipment installation and testing in the second half of the project. 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, so 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 actual process of a 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 is usually necessary to bring in scaffolding or other access equipment, and there will be times where access by the public could be limited for health and safety purposes.
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, after this the manufacturers may offer to repair the item. We would carry out the replacement free of charge
Please note that 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, and if required, we can arrange to 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