In 2012, the number of congregations in the US was estimated to be nearly 400,000.
And in 2016 more than 50% of Americans said that they attended church at least once a week.
With so many people attending church, and so many churches to choose from, you want to be sure that you’re offering a church with acoustics that aren’t uncomfortable for your congregation. And that means cutting down on all that echo and reverberation.
So read on as we offer 6 tips on how to improve your church acoustics.
1. Textiles on Parallel Walls
Parallel walls are a big cause of acoustic problems.
By reflecting sounds directly back towards each other, they increase the risk of an issue known as phasing. This is when matching soundwaves meet, causing the sound to increase dramatically in volume.
A simple way to help to reduce this problem is to add some textile decorations to your walls, helping to deaden these reflections.
2. Install Carpet
Another way to deaden the echoes in a large hall is to install carpet.
A hard floor allows the sound to bounce around the room, causing issues with reverberation that can make the sound quite muddy.
By installing carpet the reflective surfaces are minimized and sound quality improved.
3. Tablecloths on Tables
Another source of troublesome reflections is the surfaces of tables and altars.
A simple fix is to use soft tablecloths which will make these surfaces far less reflective. The echoes should be significantly minimized.
And as a bonus, they will protect your tables, too.
4. Fill the Room with Objects
Echoes and reverberation are inevitable in a large space.
But by increasing the number of objects in the room, it means more surfaces for sound waves to hit, reducing the risk of phasing.
Just make sure you leave space for your congregation!
5. Increase Your Congregation
We always want our churches to grow in numbers.
But increasing your congregation could actually help your acoustics. The more bodies in your church, the lower the chances of having echoes and reverberation at uncomfortable levels.
So a thriving church can be of benefit in more ways than one.
6. Hang Drapes
Another simple way of reducing echoes and reverberation is to hang drapes.
The soft material of drapes and the lack of a flat surface will help to reduce the risk of phasing. This should make a big improvement to the acoustics of your church.
They’re also great to keep out the sun on a hot day.
Speak to a Specialist in Church Acoustics
Following these tips will definitely help to improve your church acoustics.
But if you really want to do things properly then it’s best to speak to the experts. We offer a range of services in audio, video, lighting, acoustics, and broadcast systems for small to medium sized churches. We can help you make sure you have the sound quality that your congregation deserves.
If you would like to know more about the services we offer or have any other questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.