Choosing Sound Systems for Churches and Places of Worship


Churches and other places of worship can have incredible acoustics, with rich reverb that is a much different than the typically conference room setup we usually talk about. With these setups, it's crucial to have a sound system that works well in that kind of space, with enough power to deliver clear audio to the entire congregation. In this walkthrough, we've explained what you'll need to set up the best possible sound system for church or worship services, so you can stay focused on the message.

Things to Consider

Places of worship come in many different sizes and shapes, so there isn't a one-size-fits-all sound system for church, mosque, temple, etc. use. First, you should consider the size and dimensions before purchasing speakers or microphones. If the congregation meets in an unconventional space, like a cafe or bowling alley, you'll probably need a portable system that's easy to set up. On the other hand, if your church meets in a dedicated house of worship, you could go with a permanent installation.

For instance, if we’re looking at a sound system for church use, the HD wireless or Executive Elite Wireless microphone systems offer crystal-clear sound, whether you're speaking from the altar, pulpit, or out in the pews. The receivers and wireless microphones work incredibly well with a permanent PA system, and they can support a scalable number of microphones.

Meanwhile, you should consider your worship style, which may have unique requirements for a wireless sound system. If you only need to amplify the main speaker's voice, you can manage with a small sound system. For example, a setup like the YAI-1 wireless microphone system might be perfect for a smaller church that only needs to amplify spoken word. On the other hand, if you also have an in-house band and choir, you'll need a system that can reproduce the full frequency spectrum to a large audience.

Equipment You Might Need

To ensure that your mosque, temple or church sound system performs well, there are a few essential pieces of gear that tie everything together. Here are the key components that you'll need to set up a proper system:
Speakers: Great PA speakers can have a huge impact on your church sound system. They reproduce sound on a large scale, so that your congregation can hear every word in the service.
  • Microphones: Depending on your needs, there are wired and wireless microphones that can amplify speaking, singing, and instruments. Many of these mics offer built-in DSP (digital signal processing), which enhances vocal quality and limits unwanted background noise. Some wired mics also come with RF Armor™, which protects against RF interference in the mic body and wiring.
  • Monitors: Ministers and performers that need to hear their voice over music will want to invest in stage monitors. These wedge-like speakers are positioned on the floor, facing the presenter. You can choose to have specific audio channels come through the monitors, so that you can hear yourself more clearly.
  • Mixer: This is the hub of your sound system, where every microphone and instrument is routed. You'll also connect speakers and monitors to the mixer, so that you have direct control over volume and EQ. With a quality mixer, you can amplify multiple audio sources at an ideal volume. What’s nice about the Executive Elite Wireless Microphones is you can customize your set up to your chosen mixer, amplifier, etc.

Ready to experience what a Yamaha UC wireless system can do for your ministry? Learn more about our HD and Executive Elite wireless mic systems, or use our Product Finder to determine the best unified  communications technology for your needs.

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