Chapel Sound System

Last Updated: 13 December 2019 at 11:59

Control Pedestal

The chapel sound system can be adjusted using the control pedestal on the rostrum. The control pedestal is usually located near the bishopric’s seats and contains the following controls:

Power. Turns the sound system on. A bulb or LED lights up when the sound system power is on. Once the power is turned on, it may take a few seconds for the system to become operational.

Volume. When the system is first turned on, the microphone inputs are set at a nominal level. The volume switch allows the microphone’s volume to be turned up or down within a limited range. This range gives some control to the user while preventing the system from entering feedback. If volume is still insufficient, speakers should be instructed on how to speak into the microphone. When the system is turned off, the volume level returns to its default setting.

Pulpit height. This switch adjusts the pulpit height. The pulpit height should be set at a comfortable height for the person speaking (generally the edge of the pulpit should be set at elbow height). No objects that could jam the lifting mechanism should be placed under the moving portion of the pulpit.

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Pulpit Microphone

The microphone should be positioned just below the speaker’s chin and within 4 to 6 inches of the speaker’s mouth. The pulpit height should be adjusted accordingly, and if necessary the microphone should be adjusted manually.

The speaker should speak clearly and loudly enough that he or she could be heard on the third row without a sound system. Listeners will hear the speaker’s voice no better than the microphone receives it.

In other words, the sound system does not make a voice sound louder; it only makes the sound go farther.

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Pulpit Connections

Many chapel pulpits have a selection of input and output connections on the side of or beneath the pulpit. The graphic below depicts most of the connections that will be found on a chapel’s pulpit. Newer systems may also have other connections, such as HDMI.

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Sacrament Table Microphone

When the person praying at the sacrament table flips open the microphone, it turns on. Some microphones include the sacrament prayers printed on the flip-down lid. When the prayers are included, the small print will require the person praying to be close to the microphone to read it. When the prayer is not printed on the lid, those performing the ordinance will read from a prayer card and should be instructed to kneel close to the microphone. When the lid is closed, the microphone turns off. The person blessing the sacrament should take care to keep the tablecloth from coming in contact with the microphone when it is on.

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Satellite Sound

Satellite power switches and volume controls are available in buildings with satellite receiving systems. The power should be turned off except when the satellite system is in use. When the satellite sound is turned on, the button will light up. The satellite sound can be controlled with the volume control. To receive satellite sound, the sound system power button on the chapel’s control pedestal must be turned on. When the satellite system is on, microphones in the chapel are at reduced levels. 

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Chapel Overflow Areas

If a meetinghouse has an overflow area with large folding partitions at the rear of the chapel, opening the partitions will automatically turn on the overflow speakers. In the same way, opening the folding partitions to the cultural hall will automatically turn on the speakers in the cultural hall.

Additional Training:

View LDSTech broadcast on meetinghouse audio and satellite (second half is focused on audio).

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