Many people may be surprised to learn that the Bible has always offered the best solution to all performance-related sound problems. JdB Sound Acoustics is an independent consulting company and we have been using the Bible to solve or prevent all sound problems in churches for over 30 years. If you want solutions that work every time, follow the Bible.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Roman 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Galatians 3:2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
Excellent high-quality church sound can begin from the very first worship service. Including proper acoustical planning before you build, costs much less than fixing the church later. Adding acoustical fixes afterward will change how the church looks, but when people hear the results, the look of the worship space becomes a calling card for other local churches to want to use your church for special events.
Many older churches were built in the absence of any acoustical planning or design. You could say that these churches were never completed. With the right acoustical system, these monuments and historical churches can emerge as houses of worship to meet all modern worship and performance needs.
Turning commercial spaces into houses of worship is always a challenge. The choice between aesthetics and performance is a constant battle. For commercial spaces with lower ceilings, exposed mechanical hardware, and many other compromises, squeezing out every ounce of performance should be front and center. The worship space must meet the needs for the congregation to hear clear speech, music, and have good congregational singing that brings everyone together.
This is what a new church with outstanding acoustics can look like for a traditional worship style. High ceiling and built-in acoustical surfaces makes worshiping in this space a joy for everyone. At the same time, this worship space could also perform excellently for contemporary worship too. Who knew?
This is what a new church hall with good sound can look like for a contemporary worship style where they built a multipurpose room first. While there are many compromises, amplified sound and acoustics is not one of them.
Better sound to hear the minister's sermon, for worship and praise, and congregational singing. The most ignored message from church members is that they place congregational singing higher over amplified worship teams. Here are just a few of the hundreds of churches implementing a Bible based solution so the sound system can meet all the needs of worship flawlessly. Contemporary, traditional, combination services, bridge services, and multipurpose - congregations are demanding better room performance in the pursuit of preaching the Gospel. If you can, visit one of these churches and believe in God's Word.
By Joseph De Buglio
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Is your house of worship a tool that is able to fulfill it's part of the great commission?
Nothing changes people more than the complete Gospel message. People either run from it, or they become convicted by it. When we believe in Jesus by faith alone, when we are willing to give up everything to be born again, the Holy Spirit becomes part of our lives forever. When a person makes that total commitment to God, they are changed forever.
A worship space and sound systems are tools for the Christian. The worship space is an instrument to support the sounds made by your voice and musical instruments. Making a room sound great for music is easy. Making a room perform properly for speech, that requires a specific set of knowledge which is from the Bible. A sound system is a tool used to amplify the human voice in larger spaces. A sound system can only perform as well as the room allows it. When a worship space is not designed or treated to support a person’s voice, it compromises the performance of the sound system. When speech is altered by the room when it arrives to the listener, then there is a fracture in what is said and what is heard. When words are altered by the room acoustics (and no sound system can fix that,) the Gospel message can be confusing for anyone who is not a Christian, and such a problem can deny a person the free gift of eternal life. A mistaken word or phrase can confuse Christians as well, which can lead to church problems.
There are many in the church community asking that sermons not be watered down. What better way is there to force a minister to water down the message, than to have a worship space the waters down or compromises the message. The acoustics and performance of the sound system has a profound and direct impact on Churches. To fix such problems, you should be turning to the Bible for the best solution possible. The Bible clearly teaches us how to manage sound in a house dedicated to God. In over 1400 projects, we use the best solutions to get the results we deserve. That success can all be attributed to following what the Bible teaches, and, you can’t fail if you do what the Bible teaches. You don’t have to trust us to solve your sound problem, but you can trust God.
Our services includes the follow:
Acoustical testing and recommendations
Acoustical design for existing and new churches
Sound System testing and trouble shooting
Sound System Equalizing and setup
We also work with, and for audio contractors, AV companies, and Architects
To learn more about how we can help your church send us an email or call us.
paraphrased Proverbs 1:2-7
Technology and knowledge is doubling almost every day. New inventions are introduced hourly around the world. According to the Nielsen statistics, it is estimated that 85% of products fail and 95% of products fail in the first year. Failure in preaching the Gospel is an option. The Bible teaches the proper way to manage church sound. There are no failures when using God's way of solving sound problems. Technology is at its best when applied God's way. Man's way is to use technology with brute force in hope that the Laws of Physics will get of the way. This is insanity and it has to stop! God gave us those laws and He shows us how to work with them.
Did you know that a sound system designed for speech is also a great system for music? A sound system designed for music doesn't work well for speech.
Is perfect Sound and Acoustics attainable in a Church?
Yes. With the right tools and using all of the available laws of physics that God gives us, perfect sound is within the grasp of every church.
Do you believe Roman 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."? If you do, then church acoustics and sound is critical to fulfilling this scripture. Sound in a church is everything. Sound is how we communicate. Sound is the core and part of every aspect of worship. Sound brings us together, and it completes the images of what we see.
Before the invention of the sound system, churches were smaller. Care was taken in the design of a church to allow the human voice to reach everyone listening. Pulpits were raised high to project a person's voice further. Church builders, before building codes and Architect as we know them today, always understood the cause and effect of how well everything worked together. The better a church was designed in following the “LAWS OF PHYSIC” concerning acoustics, the better a worship space would perform. Following those laws of physics allowed for larger churches to be constructed. Good acoustics allowed for churches up to 800 seating, (according to the Southern Baptist Church building design manual from the 1930's, the only church design manual that I could find that identifies acoustical qualities as vital,) and have quality sound for all steps of a worship service, regardless of the worship styles.
With the advent of the sound reinforcement systems, there was an unfulfilled hope that amplified sound would circumvent acoustical problems and magically make them disappear. Churches march ahead and expanded the size of church buildings without realizing the consequences of ignoring acoustical design learned from the past. In a rush to embrace this new invention, for those who wanted the best performance from the systems they were installing, they discovered that in the absences of acoustical design, the amplified was just as limited as the human voice is. Whenever the acoustics of a church is well planned, technology bridges the gap that allows people to be further from the preacher and still have that intimate feeling of what was being said, which makes the message more personal. Ignoring acoustics pushes people further away, and it automatically degrades the quality of the whole worship experience.
Designing or upgrading a sound system requires an in-depth knowledge of large room acoustics. Designing or upgrading the acoustics of a church also requires an in-depth understanding of sound systems and how different denominations and churches worship. Neither the sound systems or acoustics are exclusive. The two disciplines are directly bound to each other. You have to be an expert in both. Physics says you can’t fix acoustical problems with sound equipment but, with physical objects, you can improve the performance of any sound system substantially as well as the room.
Church Sound excellence requires advanced knowledge in large room acoustics to get the most performance out of a worship space. Manage the acoustics of a worship space properly, and you release the full potential of every piece of hardware that makes a sound system work. A successful worship space is a sanctuary where there is a balance in all sound and hearing events during worship. That window of getting it right is small, and we have been getting it right for years. The measure of a successful acoustical plan is in the attendance of a church after it has been upgraded.
The evidence of all of this is clear. The statistic shows that churches with good acoustics are healthier, better supported, and have few financial problems that churches that ignore how the worship space behaves, no matter how much people invest in technology. Sure, a great preacher can draw in more people and fill a church, but there is a constant 5-15% of any population group that is directly affected by sound quality, and those people stop coming to that church when sound is not addressing their needs. Regardless if a church seats 200 or 6000 people, regardless if it has one service to 3 services of worship every week, their week attending is either lower or higher depending on the quality of the acoustics of the sanctuary.
There is one more fact to consider - the cost of achieving great sound. Did you know that investing in upgrading the acoustics of your church pays for itself within 18 month? Churches with the right quality of acoustics have annual donations 10 to 20% higher. This information comes from following up many of our before and after church projects 10 to 15 years later.
The Acoustics and sound system in your church is doing one of two things. It is either fulfilling the Great Commission or it is getting in the way. What is your worship space doing?