Welcome‎ > ‎

Upgrading our sound system

posted Jun 14, 2014, 5:33 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jun 14, 2014, 5:34 PM ]
If you sit anywhere in the back of the church, it's obvious we need a new sound system. Our existing one was installed in 1992. After 22 years, electronic parts have begun to oxidize, which is why you hear crackling static or speakers shutting off intermittently. It was also inadequate for the Age to Age: Generations of Faith concert we had last September, and couldn't even handle the electric keyboard Dan Schutte used!

Three sound designers have visited Immaculate Heart of Mary, and submitted proposals on what is truly needed for this space with an eye to our budgetary constraints. We've inquired about integrating existing equipment, or planning the total replacement to take place over the next decade, so as not to incur the expense all at once, though that has some disadvantages also.

We're now in the next phase of our discovery, visiting churches similar to ours that have recently upgraded their technology using one of these designers, so we can ask about their experience. Why did they choose this company over one of the others? How did the installation process go? How has the customer service been after installation?

The reason fixing our sound seems like it's taking a long time is we're doing our homework looking for a system that will sound great, be simple to operate, and serve the needs of our church for many years to come. I'll keep you posted on our progress in the coming weeks.