Sound of Worship: A Handbook of Acoustics and Sound System Design for the Church, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sound of Worship

A Handbook of Acoustics and Sound System Design for the Church, 1st Edition

By Douglas R. Jones


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Paperback: 9780240813394
pub: 2010-09-09
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Hardback: 9781138475861
pub: 2017-08-25

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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.


"This book includes technical information and resources pertaining to all churches; solutions and recommendations for different worship styles; a detailed explanation of typical church sound system written for those not professionally trained in working with sound system; case studies of churches in the four worship styles, and more. Approaching from a historical and theological perspective, this book includes overviews of the major church denominations, analysis of the predominant worship styles."

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Sound of Worship

Chapter 2 The Early Roots of the Church

Chapter 3 The Formative Years of the Church

Section 1: Celebratory Worship

Chapter 4 The Celebratory Worship Style

Chapter 5 The Catholic-Orthadox Split

Chapter 6 Catholic Reform

Chapter 7 The Acoustics of Celebratory Churches

Section 2: Evangelical Worship

Chapter 8 Evangelical Style of Worship

Chapter 9 The Sixteenth Century Reformers

Chapter 10 The Reformation in England

Chapter 11 The Modern Evangelical Church

Chapter 12 Acoustics of the Evangelical Style Church

Section 3: Experiential Worship

Chapter 13 The Experiential Style

Chapter 14 The Pentecostals and the Charismatic

Chapter 15 Acoustics of the Experiential Style Church

Section 4: Community Worship

Chapter 16 The Community Worship Style

Chapter 17 The Anabaptists

Chapter 18 The Acoustics of the Community Church

Section 5: Resources

Chapter 19 Introduction to Resources

Chapter 20 Elements of Church Sound Systems

Chapter 21 Reverberation and Time Response

Chapter 22 Noise and Isolation

Chapter 23 Intelligibility


About the Author

With other 30 years of experience Jones has worked and still consults worldwide on recording studio, small room and church acoustics. Now associate Professor of Acousitcs at Columbia College, Chicago, he is the founding chairman of the Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics, as well as organizing advanced TEF workshops and other in-service technical training. He was awarded the Heyser Award for his contribution to education and acoustical analysis.

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