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New Church Stage and Sound setup
Looking for some advice for a new stage and sound setup.
We are in the midst of building a new church and getting the plans approved. I have been asked to manage the sound and stage setup which will include, av setup, lighting, projector, location of musicians etc. Basically the technical side of things.
Just some background information on our church.
We are a small church - roughly 150. Our current building is quite old and we haven't had a decent system setup, wiring and audio etc. So We are not really quite sure how to go about setting up this new church / what to consider.
Our new building will cater 200-300. I have attached a floor plan of the new church building and thought it would be great to get some suggestions on setting up this hall for sound and staging. Starting from scratch.
These are the areas that I need to cover.
1. Sound system / Speakers - Location and How many is needed
2. Lighting and Projector Rig
3. Stage setup for musicians - location
4. Wiring setup and ideas for instruments,mics, feedback speakers etc
Really appreciate your suggestions. Happy for you to illustrate on the floor plan your thoughts if that is easier.
Style of music as well, at least a generalization. Rock-and-roll will have different system and acoustic needs than choral-and-orchestral.
My first thought, even without knowing dimensions, is that you have a very wide and shallow stage, and the seating mirrors its wide flat front. As drawn, very few people -- in the front rows especially -- are facing center stage. An arced-front stage with seating that follows the same arc is a popular approach that seems to work well; it's worth consideration here.
Thanks for your questions.
I'll try my best to answer them.
1. Dimensions (Attached Front plan - hope this helps)
2. Materials Used in the space (floor and stage Will be carpeted, the walls are 2 layer 13mm jib noiseline - plastered) Attached Example only of seating and possibly what the hall material would be like.
3. Style of music (general praise and worship, not really charismatic - Our Sunday would often consist of a pianist, guitarist, bass, worship leader, and backup singer. Small band.
Great suggestion on the arched stage layout and seating. I really see the value in that. Thanks.
Happy to answer any other questions. And thanks for your time and input.
Yes, this will have a cost, but it also has a value. It is all too easy in a forum format to miss some critical piece of information or to have what is offered misinterpreted. A forum may be a good place to get general input or to get answers to specific questions, but not for complete system designs.
Some things I noted with the plans shown just from a cursory look that might have already been addressed with such a person involved:
That being said, what is important in terms of developing solutions for the AVL systems is defining your and the church's goals and expectations in terms of function, quality, budget, etc. How do you see projection being used? Is the lighting primarily for general purpose use, to light certain locations on the stage, for dramatic effect and so on? May you have dramatic performances, dance, etc. on stage or is it always the same basic band and WL configuration? Have you considered a personal monitor system or in-ear monitors rather than using floor monitors on stage? Do the bass and guitar use only their amps on stage, only an interface box or Direct Input or a combination of these? Do you always have the same performers or may they vary? Have you accounted for, or may be limited by already defined, power and conduit provisions for the AVL systems? Are there any coordination items such as house lights, ceiling fans, ductwork, permissible hang points and so on that need to be considered? Who is going to be performing the actual design and installation of the AVL systems? Is there a defined budget goal for the AVL systems? Do you have any personal preferences in terms of specific concepts, approaches, manufacturers and so forth? Could things change, for example might it be realistic that drums might be added or there could be choir or a larger number of backup singers, especially as you are increasing the seating capacity?
That is a lot to address at once but hopefully it gives some idea of the type of planning and information that may be involved in developing effective solutions for the AVL systems and why a forum environment may not be the best way to approach developing the related systems. And note that the same general considerations apply regardless of the size of the church, worship space or budget, in fact with small spaces and tight budgets thoughtful planning can be even more important.
So if you are looking for general ideas, I'm sure some valuable suggestions can be offered. And if you have specific questions there are some great resources here. But I have to strongly recommend against the approach of using a forum to try to design complete systems.
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