Upgrading Your Church Sound System: What to Consider

Upgrading your church sound system is an important step and you want to make sure that you get it right. Here are a few things to consider as you start planning the upgrade.

1. What are the current issues that have prompted the upgrade to the sound system?

  • High levels of feedback
  • Poor sound quality
  • Complicated operation
  • Inadequate functionality

It’s important to make sure that the new system will definitely fix these issues.

Church cameras2. Do you require voice amplification, background music and/or live music capabilities?

Are your existing speakers the correct type for your needs and are they installed in the correct positions? Your system setup will vary depending on what you plan to do with it. If you require the ability for a live band to connect into the new sound system, the speakers and equipment required will be different from a system which is only to be used for voice amplification and low level background music. Think about how your needs may change in the future – it’s best to make the system as future-proof as possible.

3. Can the existing wiring be used?

If the existing wiring is of suitable quality then this can generally be used as part of the new sound system.

4. Do you require the ability to connect MP3 players or laptops into the sound system to play background music?

Input connection points can be installed throughout the church to allow audio players to connect into the sound system.

5. Is the equipment kept in the best position?

It is beneficial to have the mixing desk / mixer amplifier in a position where the user can hear properly. The back of the church is often best.

6. Do you need a mixing desk?

Many simple church sound systems do not require a mixing desk and instead use a mixer amplifier which allows volume adjustments to be made on each input and basic EQ settings. If you have a small number of microphones then a mixer amplifier may be the best choice, but if you require inputs from lots of different sources than a mixing desk will be required.

7. Do you prefer analogue or Digital.

The functionality of digital desks, including the ability to set ‘presets’ for different scenarios is very popular. Some digital desks can also be controlled remotely by an app installed on your phone or tablet, which can allow the user to monitor the sound levels through the room and make instant adjustments. Analogue mixers can be better suited for novice or infrequent users.

IMG_80498. Is the equipment in a suitable cabinet?

Installing all of the control equipment within a lockable equipment cabinet will reduce the likelihood of controls being fiddled with and leads accidently being unplugged.

 

If you have any questions about your upgrade we’d be more than happy to help. You can get in touch here.

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