sanThe spoken word in a sanctuary is often threatened by blurred sound signals stemming from unwelcome echoes that fill the room. As the sound waves permeate throughout the room, clarity to speech gives way to background noise, and the audience is lost. Key to the success of any sanctuary is the ability to control the acoustics in the space, eliminating these background noise signals, so that in turn, greater clarity to speech can be produced. As echoes collapse, speech patterns become more discernible. The space becomes more user friendly. Adding to the need for quality sound are the contemporary church services that also expand exponentially the noise with drums, bass guitars and other loud impact sounds that can cause continued distortions within the space. The question is what can be done to help the space improve its acoustic presentation to the audience. The answer is simple: sound panels.
Soundproofing a sanctuary is really nothing more than introducing a set of sound panels designed to absorb echoes and better control the level of exposure to background noise within the space. These panels can be custom cut to size and color, matching the decorative them to the space, and easily surface mounted to perimeter walls by volunteers at the church. Sound panels should be class A fire rated, measuring 1″ thick for traditional worship, or 2″ thick for contemporary. Thicker panels will trigger greater absorption coefficients down at the low bass end.
In particular, the Fabric Panels supplied by NetWell Noise Control are the most popular selection for a sound panel treatment in a sanctuary. They are wrapped in more than 70 color options, and cut to the panel dimensions that will best match your wall configuration. These soundproofing panels can also be cut as Ceiling Clouds to be suspended from your sanctuary to “float” mechanically out over the room. Regardless of the location of your panel system, or how they are introduced into a sanctuary, the key to the success of your treatment is to ensure that you are not “undertreating” your space. Sound consultants can easily help you calculate the required coverage amounts for your room. Call NetWell’s help desk at 1-800-638-9355 with your room’s dimensions, and we can calculate that total for you. There is a pre-determined number of square feet of sound panel that is appropriate for any space based on its size, shape, surface textures and noise sources. That calculation will be what delivers the sound values you are seeking, and cures your noise issues.
Sanctuary sound does not have to be filled echo. You do have the ability to clean the room acoustically and protect your worshipers. And once the premium sound quality is restored to your room, attendance will strengthen and so will the future of your church. Especially for seniors who are more apt to attend regular services, but are also in more need for hearing protection than your younger members. The panels are class A fire rated. The clips you will need to self mount them into your room are included with your sound panel shipment. For more information on the Fabric Panel treatment, and the successes that await your for soundproofing your house of worship, check them out here on our website and call our help desk for more information!
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