The initial focus for treatment was the flat, reflective rear wall. The sound that bounces off a back wall from the front-of-house system can be very distracting for listeners in the audience, as well as performers on stage. Our FulFill™ Acoustical Panels were installed to mitigate this common issue.
For the side-walls, a different type of treatment was needed. While the side-walls are also reflective and needed absorption, some of these reflections can actually be helpful to the audience. They can help a congregation feel more comfortable singing along and participating in the service, as their collective sound also gets reflected back from the side-walls. The result of this blend is a more unifying experience.
To address this, our PERF™ Acoustical Panels were deployed in these locations. They have a reflective, perforated sheet between the panel core and the fabric-wrapped finish. This allows for excellent absorption in the low and mid frequencies while leaving the high frequencies relatively unchanged. They perform quite differently than our traditional FulFill panels while looking exactly the same to the observer.
All of this went on in the background while Jonathan and his staff carried on their work.
“We went from complaints every single week to virtually none.”
So, after all the time and money invested in the upgrade, how did it turn out?
“We are in love with the final results. The biggest improvement is that we can have the volume up loud, and it doesn’t hurt people’s ears as our old system did. The acoustical treatments make a huge difference. Our sound quality is excellent. We went from complaints every single week to virtually none, and the service is actually louder. The quality is so excellent now, it doesn’t hurt your ears.
Not long after the installation was completed, COVID-19 disrupted the services for Love Joy Church, as it has disrupted all of our lives. They had to quickly move their services online.
“We were not prepared for this AT ALL. However, we now have multiple cameras and are successfully live-streaming our services. The new sound system and acoustics have really helped us deliver an excellent product. The new lighting is making our live stream look professional.”
“The last thing I’ll say is that if you are going to put a sound system or lighting into your church, let the professionals do it. I am sure you can save on labor, I am sure you can find cheaper products, but in the end, the quality will not be the same. There are so many little details that you don’t see coming. It is not worth the hassle, work, and time, to save a few bucks and then still not have an excellent product.”