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Sound of Worship

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Whether you are designing a new system or need to update and get the most out of the one in place Sound of Worship will offer essential information to guide and inform you choices. Written to give the context to help you focus your choices as well as the technical information to understand options, this essential guide will help you avoid costly mistakes when working with acoustics and the sound systems of the church.

When planning a system this book has you covered! Considering everything from building design and understanding the purpose and use of the sound system to the technical aspects of the acoustic equipment and sound specification and types.

The website has numerous audio examples to illustrate points made and tools used in the book. It demonstrate the terms used and what different choices will sound like, with before and after recordings of acoustic treatment and how it effects the overall sound of the church.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Full Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Chapter 1 The Sound of Worship
  8. Chapter 2 The Early Roots of the Church: From AD 32 to AD 313
    1. The Christians
    2. Early Church Architecture
    3. The Church Organized
    4. TheTime of Persecution
  9. Chapter 3 The Formative Years of the Church: AD 313 to AD 1054
    1. Constantine
    2. Early Ecumenical Councils
    3. Jerome and Augustine
    4. Council of Chalcedon
    5. Rise of Monasticism
    6. The Church in Northern Europe
  10. Section 1 Celebratory Worship
    1. Chapter 4 The Celebratory Worship Style: Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
      1. The Sacraments
      2. Sacred Space
      3. The Worship Service
    2. Chapter 5 The Catholic—Orthodox Split
      1. The Great Schism
      2. The Crusades
    3. Chapter 6 Catholic Reform
      1. Response to the Reformation
      2. Vatican II
    4. Chapter 7 The Acoustics of Celebratory Churches
      1. Case Studies
  11. Section 2 Evangelical Worship
    1. Chapter 8 The Evangelical Style of Worship: So That All May Hear
      1. Introduction
      2. Typical Evangelical Worship Service
      3. Typical Architecture of Evangelical Style Church
      4. Historical Evolution of the Evangelical Worship Style
    2. Chapter 9 The Sixteenth Century Reformers: Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin
      1. The Renaissance
      2. Early Protestant Movement
      3. Martin Luther
      4. Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531)
      5. John Calvin (1509–1564)
    3. Chapter 10 The Reformation in England
      1. Background
      2. William Tyndale
    4. Chapter 11 The Modern Evangelical Church
      1. The Baptist Church
      2. The Methodists
    5. Chapter 12 Acoustics of the Evangelical Style Church
      1. The Acoustics of Preaching
      2. Intelligibility
      3. Noise
      4. Reverberation
      5. Reflecting/Focusing Surfaces
      6. Sound-System—Friendly Architecture
      7. Acoustics for Congregational Singing
      8. Acoustics for Performance
      9. Case Studies
  12. Section 3 Experiential Worship
    1. Chapter 13 The Experiential Style
      1. The Pentecostal Church
    2. Chapter 14 The Pentecostals and the Charismatic Movement
      1. The Pentecostals
      2. The Charismatic Movement
      3. African—American Churches
    3. Chapter 15 Acoustics of the Experiential Style Church
      1. Music in Experiential Worship
      2. Acoustics
      3. The Repurposed Church
      4. Case Study
  13. Section 4 Community Worship
    1. Chapter 16 The Community Worship Style: Let Me Be as Christ to You
      1. Introduction
      2. Typical Community Worship Service
    2. Chapter 17 The Anabaptists
      1. Menno Simons (1496–1561)
    3. Chapter 18 The Acoustics of the Community Church
      1. Architecture of the Community Church
      2. Case Studies
  14. Section 5 Resources
    1. Chapter 19 Introduction to Resources
    2. Chapter 20 Elements of Church Sound Systems
      1. Introduction: The Case For Systems Design
      2. Five Questions
      3. Programming
      4. Microphones
      5. Consoles/Mixers
      6. Signal Processors
      7. Amplifiers
      8. Loudspeaker Cable
      9. Loudspeakers
    3. Chapter 21 Reverberation and Time Response
      1. Reverberation
      2. Time Response
      3. Reverberance (EDT)
      4. Clarity (C80)
      5. Warmth (BR)
      6. Listener Envelopment (LEV)
    4. Chapter 22 Noise and Isolation
      1. Noise Criteria
      2. Transmission Loss
      3. Sound Transmission Class
      4. Impact Isolation Class
    5. Chapter 23 Intelligibility
      1. Subjective/Statistical Methods
      2. Measurement Methods
      3. Standards
  15. Glossary
  16. Photo Credits
  17. Index