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Do You Hear What I Hear? The Audio Needs of a Portable Church

by SUMMIT on May 8th, 2015

Do You Hear What I Hear? The Audio Needs of a Portable Church

A Church service isn’t the same without music. The melodious strains must reach every corner to share the message in the hearts of the congregation. As Churches are turning mobile, the concept of a “church interior” is undergoing a massive change. However, this does not minimize the need for music in churches. Instead, it throws up new challenges. Driven by the growing trend among Churches to become portable, organizers need to ensure that the sound system adheres to specific requirements.

Audio Requirements for Mobile Churches

The very first requirement for a mobile Church is an easy and hassle-free sound system setup. Most locations serve as something else when not being used for the service. They prepare for the church service only a few hours before it begins. Consequently, the sound system installation cannot take several hours. Similarly, dismantling the sound system after the service should take minutes. Let us look at some of the obvious characteristics that need to be checked prior to setting up a mobile Church with a sound system.

  • Maintain Easy Configuration – Music systems in portable churches should be extremely easy to set up. Simply organizing your gear and keeping everything arranged in conveniently marked boxes is a great way to ease the installation process. Color-coding wires and cables will also help you with a speedy set-up and tear-down.
  • Shoot for Simplicity – Often, volunteers handle portable church music systems. Many are not technically adept. It is best to keep things as simple as possible. Involving as few technicalities as possible in getting clear and loud sound helps to speed up things.
  • Ensure Scalability and Flexibility – As portable churches are prone to scaling up, the music system should be able to support this expansion. Additional amplifier racks along with an expandable mixer help to expand the audio system. Moreover, church music includes various genres, including live bands. Therefore, the sound system should be flexible enough to handle different music styles. Owing to the loose nature of its setup, portable churches are often organized in the least likely of places. For example, in order for a service in an open park to be heard by over 100 people, it needs scalability in its sound system.
  • Keep things economical – Portable churches are not the place to flaunt technical sophistication. It is the place where you need to keep things simple and within your budget.

Portable churches are the latest trend in organized church services. When considering an audio system for your portable church set-up, you need to keep in mind location, as well as their quality of service. Simplicity, ease of use, flexibility, and scalability need consideration while opting for the ideal sound system to create the desired impact.

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