If you love to attend church on a regular basis and are musically inclined, you may want to help improve the quality of the services at your brand-new place of worship. You may have just moved into this community and can see that the local congregation could benefit from better quality production, so you may be talking with the elders about some audiovisual improvement. Typically, a church will have good acoustics, but they are not necessarily the easiest type of venue to work with, so where should you start and especially if you are dealing with a set budget?
Doesn't Have To Be a Big Production
If you do some careful planning, you should be able to come up with a PA system that will work perfectly well in this type of facility and should make a big difference during each service.
Capitalising on Natural Sound
You should begin by looking carefully at the space to calculate the reach required so that you can project to all members of the current congregation and those you will expect as you grow into the future. When you do so, you'll be able to order and place speakers that can capitalise on the natural reverberation found in older buildings and you may be able to use the "all in one" system that is popular in smaller clubs. Remember, you can get away with fewer individual components so long as you place them strategically to get maximum output.
Boosting the Voice
If your church has an enthusiastic choir, then they may be pleased to hear about your plans and especially if you include processors that can amplify and augment the sound that they produce. You will need to focus on good quality microphones, however, and especially for the all-important sermon and other deliveries. In fact, this should be a reasonable proportion of your budget, and once again, you need to strategically place them so that you get the best result. Talk with the leader of the church and see what approach they prefer, as that could be a stand-mounted mike or a lavalier attached to their clothing.
This should not be too much of a challenge if you approach it correctly, but you may nevertheless need some guidance from experts to help you. Don't be afraid to talk with your audiovisual system supplier so they can help your church get back to full voice as soon as possible.