Changing the sound of churches one sanctuary at a time


These Articles are for churches seating approximately 2000 seating or less.
For information on larger churches or converted commercial buildings
Store Front Churches, please contact JdB Sound Acoustics directly
Getting Started
  1. Setting Church Sound System Standards - A summary of the minimum Church sound system & acoustics Standards
  2. Trouble Shooting Room Acoustics - Part 1-- The problems of room acoustics and how to recognize them
  3. Trouble Shooting Room Acoustics - Part 2 -- Some of the time honored, present and future solutions.
  4. Evaluate Your Church Acoustics - -- Part 1
  5. Evaluation of Sound System part 2
  6. Evaluation of Sound System part 3
  7. CAPS A church acoustical standard
  8. Sweetspot of Speaker location - Want to know where to put a speaker system in a church?
  9. Speaker Suspension Support Choices in hanging speaker clusters. This page has Large picture files. Best seat on 1024 screen.
  10. HIS System Equipment Short List
  11. How to EQ a HIS System without test Equipment
  12. Software and Article Downloads
More Articles
  1. Room Acoustics from another Consultant
  2. Petition for Rulemaking on Church Acoustics
  3. Be A Critic Series #3
  4. Tricks of the Trade. A way to make a Lapel Mic work better. (If the pastor or MOM is willing to do use it.)
  5. Be A Critic #2. Can you help this Church? This is a Critique by request
  6. Part 1 Be a Critic. Here is you chance to a critic of a church sound system and make recommendations.
  7. Part 2 The Recommendations
  8. ADA Forum - Will the Government dictate how your church will sound?
  9. Craig JanssenTalking About Church Sound and Acoustics Jan. 1998Without Permission
  10. The cost of a Mixer - Ever wonder how much do those items really cost?
  11. Radio ShackHow to Modify a Radio Shack PZM Microphone Without permission
  12. Urgent Warning about cassette player/recorder setups.
  13. Acoustical Control of Worship Spaces --A very good article from 1988
  14. What are Direct Boxes and Why you need them. -- A great method of controlling Hum and RF problems and connect other equipment safely to yours.
  15. Tips on Operating a Church Sound System -- Setting levels and speech quality
  16. Architects - Do They Have A Copyright On Your Building -- Some Architects are stopping churches from building additions
  17. Tips on interconnecting your sound equipment - - Tips on avoiding hum and RF problems before they start or how to trouble shoot them. This is from Rane Notes
  18. How to Build a Confusing Church with Sound- - or design a church sound system. Of Course, if You Can't Hear! It's a Church!!!! (Another fun article) UPDATED May 99.
  19. Complete Sound System Review #1 - - Central Baptist Church in Brantford, Ontario. - an 800 seat church
  20. LEDE Recording Studio and Concert Halls - - What do these rooms have in common with Churches?
  21. The Sidonian Project - - A new method of modelling churches with a twist!!
  22. Sound System Design Types - - A tongue and cheek article which does cover the different types of church sound systems
  23. Loud Enough - - When is the Sound System Loud Enough.
  24. Foyer speakers that cause Echo Problems - - They can cause Echo Problems
  25. A brief History on Church Sound Systems - - This is the Article which started the Book - Why are Church Sound Systems So Confusing?
  26. Cassette Tape Ministries Recycling anyone?
  27. Exposing the Myth about EQ's - - Rane Note 115, an excellent read. This is not a biased article. It has much of what the HIS System Standard is about.
  28. Aural Speech Test - -Test the intelligibility of your church without a computer

Other Sources of Info
If you can get this edition of ----Sound & Video Contractor - Sept 1995
---- Grounding & Shielding for Sound & Video - By Philip Giddings
This is one of the most important articles every church soundman should read if your incline to try to do some basic audio trouble shooting. It will help you either solve your problems or it will help you realize when to call in the troops. Feb. 22/96
Sound & Video Contractor - Jan 1995
----Church Sound System Design - A Reference Manuall - By Don Davis and Pat Brown

Many church people make the comment - Why is it that if I ask 5 sound companies to design us a sound system we get 5 different opinions? Amongst the professionals, there is agreement plus each will add their own personal experiences as well. There has been a consensus for year in church sound but the knowledge of it has been kept out of the church community because the church community is not organized enough to pool their knowledge and experiences. Hence, this web site. Although I have never meet Don Davis formally, (at Syn-Aud-Con - The author of several excellent books on sound and acoustics) he has been partially responsible for me getting into this business. I don't know if he has every read my book and I am sure that he would not agree with everything that I have written. But, there are certain principal of church sound that we do agree on 100% which are the fundamental principals all church sound system designs should be based on. This article should make it clear to all churches that there is indeed a consensus amongst us professionals. When you find that kind of agreement, then you can choose between a Chevy, a Buick or a Cadillac. For many churches, after reading this article, they will know for the first time the difference between a car and a pogo stick. ( or should I say - a professional church audio company and an audio equipment pusher.) Free speech comments by Joe The Soundman
. Feb. 22/96

Trinity St. Andrews United Church

Parry Sound Pentecostal Church Sound and Acoustics

Samples of Church installations That have a HIS System Church Sound System.


We hope you will visit us often as this site grows. This web site is for you - people wanting guidance and real help with their church sound problems. All recommendation presented here have been tested in churches. We will be posting general audio and acoustical information that is "common knowledge" but hard to find - especially for people in small towns and communities.

Thank you. Joe The Soundman.

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Last updated, Nov 2006

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