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Sound of Worship
A Handbook of Acoustics and Sound System Design for the Church

ISBN 9780240813394
Published September 9, 2010 by Routledge
60 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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

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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.


"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."