On June 16, 2017 I had the pleasure of meeting with Music Director Pat Caulfield at St. Pius V Parish, where I learned of the problems with the parish’s aging audio reinforcement system. After investigating, we determined that the parish would be best served by a new sound system, as there are several items that need to be addressed. Most notably, the system makes spoken word loud, but not clear.
Landry Audio Corporation is experienced in this line of work, and have recently completed a full audio system installation at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in South Boston. We also installed the new system at Fr. Bob Poitras' former assignment, Our Lady of Grace in Pepperell, a parish which had a similarly-aged sound system, with many afflictions. Our work can also be heard at Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston.
The lack of clarity in the current system is caused partially by the sound arriving at the listener's ear at many different times, because the speakers are not wired in a manner that allows for delay. Delay is the audio tool that aligns the sound within the space, and when done properly, results in clear audio intelligibility.
The most important component in a sound reinforcement system is the speaker. There is a rule-of-thumb called The Three P's among many experienced engineers: "Pick the right speaker, Put it in the right place, and Point it in the right direction."
The next most important steps are re-wiring the church, and using a system brain that allows for delay, which together will yield the greatest and most noticeable improvement of speech intelligibility in the church.
New speakers will be installed to ensure optimal pew coverage, and sound of the highest caliber. Your new audio system will have high-quality audio components and modern signal processing, which together will prevent distortion, and provide a crisp and clear signal on all microphones, regardless of the sound level.
A new choir microphone system will be installed, where thin steel cables will be installed over the choir area so hanging mics can be suspended overhead. This will allow the music director to mix the choir's sound for the best blend, and will also keep the microphones out of harm's way, in a visually unobtrusive manner. You can see where we have implemented this type of suspension system at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cambridge, pictured at the top of this page.
An audio control system will be accessed via an iPad which will be locked down in the music director's area.
Your satisfaction is of my utmost importance, and I plan to exceed your expectations in design and sound quality. This proposal includes design, wiring, equipment, installation, programming and system calibration, and coordination of plans with St. Pius V.
Please consider this Audio System Proposal. I welcome your requests for modifications, however I feel it contains the framework of a world-class audio reinforcement system, which has been customized for the specific needs of St. Pius V Parish.
Fr. Jonathan Gaspar, email@example.com - Priest Secretary to Cardinal Seán O'Malley
Fr. Gabriel Troy, 617-991-4090, retired, of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cambridge
Richard J. Clark, 617-319-2576, Music Director, St. Cecilia Parish, Boston
“There's a saying among the better sound contractors that they want to sell a church their LAST sound system. That's because, strange as it seems, most churches are so afraid of buying sound systems, that they do it three or four times before they finally end up with one that works well enough to meet their needs.”
- taken from “Why Churches Buy Three Sound Systems, and How You Can Buy Only One” by Jim Brown, (c)1998