In general, spoken word requires a space with lower reverberation times to increase speech intelligibility and allow for effective reinforcement through the AV system. In direct contrast, un-amplified music (organ, choir, etc) benefits from a space with a higher reverberation time to increase envelopment and warmth of the sound. Add to this the complexity of a contemporary worship service with amplified music in the same space and balancing all of the goals of the project can be challenging. Our experience with worship spaces can help guide this discussion, so that the appropriate room shaping and finishes can be selected for a space that serves the needs of all participants.
In a worship space, our services are typically directed towards providing an appropriate room acoustic environment to support the prioritized programmatic use, in addition to effective sound isolation from adjacent spaces and environmental noise sources to limit noise events that may distract from the service.