The intent of this article is not to criticize, it is to build appropriate models for churches to adopt a cultural identity and their parishioners feel comfortable and can live a religious experience.

Juan Tamayo

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to work in various religious projects, if not many. I've had incredible challenges, some failures and many successes, which has allowed me to develop an efficient structure when performing the design work, I hope to share with readers some notes to change models and design paradigms.

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Acoustics, is a physical phenomenon, not electronic
Before speaking about budget and products, which is what usually begin any design and / or quotation analyzes the acoustics of the space where the design is raised. The vast majority of religious temples have a very bad acoustics.

Catholic churches mostly were designed before the decade of the 50's where they had to optimize the mechanical waves (voice of the priest) because there was no amplification systems. Non-Catholic Christian churches modern are generally installed in warehouses or commercial premises where the natural acoustics of the system is perverse. As a first task, verify that the acoustic system if is appropriate for the project, but advise her to church to perform an acoustic treatment.

sound insulation, what if needed?
Remember that religion is a right in most countries, but it also has certain obligations that must be understood and to understand the participants of the churches. I think one key is that what occurs inside the church (SPL) to remain within the church. So the audio designer must ensure that the acoustic treatment to absorb the maximum amount of acoustic energy, and avoid problems with different local authorities caring noise pollution

Temperature control, heat within the churches
Increasingly climate change affects different eco-systems, and although the church is not an eco-system if it is affected by temperature changes, especially if we consider that a sound insulation, which "shut up" arises church.

So temperature control (air conditioning) will have two purposes, the first of them is to generate satisfaction to the people who are inside the temple and the second is to protect electronic equipment from thermal avalanches that can cause damage due to overheating. Both systems must be independent. Remember to have temperature control can significantly increase operating expenses of the church, so modern systems linked to energy saving processes are recommended.

In this first stage the audio visual design is based on architectural decisions, and generally high costs. According to experience, if this is not done from the beginning to pay values ​​after project completion times can exceed 3 values ​​arising in the design stage.

Now if the project manager or the board approves these early decisions that more needs to be done in the design stage?

Find the Identity of the Church
I was recently at an event Allegro Institute in Lima, Peru ( where they offer an intensive seminar 3 days (every 2 years) for the design and execution of Christian art projects and between meetings and conversions we conclude that no matter what kind of Christian church, most sound the same, of course from the point of view of artistic production, but the production technique is the same.

Every church wants to "copy" the success stories of other churches no matter the sacrifice must be made to sound like, and when they have teams realize they may never sound the same because the initial conditions are not the same. A good designer must ensure that audio visual design seeks an audible and visual identity, the design is made specifically for that church.

The band singing praises to the Lord with adequate microphones and mixing the ideal. Projected images look with adequate lighting. No matter how much money to invest in equipment, this will not work miracles, the designer is responsible that people who attend church feel comfortable, they understand the preachings and enjoy the praise.

Ergonomics, comfort improves understanding
As it expresses the designer has many responsibilities with the church, a good design that parishioners will not enter the Kingdom of God, but at least achieved much easier to understand the Lord's message. For this I recommend that you follow step by step all audio visual mathematics designed to cover aspects related to ergonomics.

Ergonomics seeks the person does not have to make extra efforts to understand the content to be expressed, in our case are teachings and praises, so designer, do your best to parishioners not have to strain and can capture knowledge as possible.

I hope this note allow increasingly designers are more objective in performing their work, using equipment and technologies needed for the message of religion is transmitted without problem, regardless of this, remember is to locate the right equipment, not it is only close a sale. If you have any questions you can contact me or

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.


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