Choosing the right solution
With so many variables to consider, it is helpful to consider expert advice on an investment such as a sound or visual system. Many churches rely on friends within the community to do this, and those people can often provide massive value to the running of technology. They can also have problems the can't solve; frequently, at the worst possible time. The right expertise can help fix this, or better, prevent it.
Mark's background within the church started at a very young age. Having been a performing musician from the age of nine, and musical director within the church from the age of 18, mark has grown accustomed to the needs of both traditional and contemporary Houses of Worship, and the technologies that enable worship to be communicated with the congregation.
We enjoy the opportunity to not only solve problems, but also to create the right solution
Comprehensive analysis and design
With an array of highly skilled partnerships, I pride myself in doing thorough research into any potential project. Buying a sound system isn't a purchase, it's a long term investment funded by the church community.
For complex acoustics, determining the primary purpose of the system is vital. Will the system focus on delivering speech, with a more traditional form of worship, or is a more contemporary style preferred? Either way, the combination of speaker type, function and acoustic must be fully understood to make an informed decision.
SPL mapping (as pictured) gives us a good indication in the design phase of how the speakers will cover the congregation, and at what frequencies. For larger, more complex systems, full 3D acoustic rendering may be required to fully understand how effective a potential design will be.
Integrating visual technologies
Older projectors were previously the best way to get a big image, but had life limitations. Now large screen TV's are available, but there is a large price range. There are also laser video projectors. How do you determine which product is best for the Job?
Some solutions require lots of thought and research. Not only for how it looks, but also for how it is controlled and how the signal is distributed.
Lifestyle Audio Visual has a vast background in how these technologies should be selected, but most importantly, how to keep them easy to used.
Blending technology and aesthetics
Many churches and cathedrals have vast numbers of tourists who come to see the beauty of the building. Many come for the calm and reflection. These purpose-built buildings, and their physical presence are intended to represent the Glory of God, and of the Church.
Internal fixtures like lighting, speakers, heating and cabling can often become obtrusive, and go against the grain of what the architects would have conceived.
I have spent the better part of 30 years working within these buildings, generating a fondness for the architecture, and a desire to maintain their integrity as much as possible.
There are many companies who have developed specific technologies to make this work, and I have focused on finding these for many clients over many years.
Considering a Digital Church organ?
Don't forget to look at this page. These instruments can be found all over the country.
These are instruments that Lifestyle AV assists in representing :