DSH Audio Visions is a company made up of “church people.” We understand the expectations, concerns and other factors that are so typical of congregational life. We work very closely with the congregation, with architects, with acoustical experts and with the installing contractors to ensure that every worshiper can hear and see clearly in a space that looks great and comes alive acoustically.
Here’s HOW we do what we do…
We Meet YOU
- We visit the church on a weekend to see and hear for ourselves how you worship.
- We take photographs…we record…we move around (with your permission and discretely) so we can hear for ourselves what the sound system is doing (or not) and what the room acoustics are like.
- We ask a lot of questions. It is critically important to the success of any project that we get to know our client – and that’s YOU! Here are a few examples of questions we ask:
- How large is the congregation?
- What is church attendance like?
- What is your congregation’s worship setting like (liturgical, traditional, less-than-traditional, speech oriented, acoustic music, electronic music, video presentation)?
- What is your existing sound (and/or video) system like? What do you LIKE about it? What concerns do you have about it (clarity, coverage, aesthetic, etc.)?
- Are there things you would like to accomplish in your worship setting that are not possible with the current system?
- Are there acoustic issues that you know of that get in the way of good clarity?
- Do you want to do live streaming?
- How do you, or do you need to accommodate the hearing impaired?
- You have concerns. You’ve observed and heard things from the sound system during the worship service that caused you to contact us in the first place. We need to verify them in order to develop and prescribe the proper solutions to improve the situation.
- You’re renovating your current space or building new. You have sound, video and acoustic needs based on your unique worship setting. You and your architect have aesthetic visions that you would like us to work with in new system development. We need to be in tune with them, understand them, and fit them into our plan for outfitting the new worship space.
- You have functional requirements based on worship setting and other factors. We need to know what you do and how you do (or need to do) in order to design a system, whether audio or video, that delivers the flexibility you need and that you will be able to operate.
- All of us at DSH-AV grew up worshiping at church on weekends. DSH-AV President David Hosbach has sung in and directed choirs, both traditional and less-than-traditional. He writes worship services. He understands the liturgy. He knows that the organist and choir director need to hear good tone projection through the worship space. He knows that as good as the music is in worship, the spoken word (especially the sermon or homily) is what people judge the quality of sound on.
- David personally visits the church to meet staff, take measurements and observe worship services so that he knows the real situation.
- David designs the audio and video systems. He evaluates equipment to be selected based on quality and the degree to which it meets the client’s needs for sound quality, video quality, reliability, and ease-of-use for the client.
- We conduct a thorough on-site walk-through with the bidders to ensure that there is a complete understanding of the project for accurate bidding.
- We supervise the installation process so that the client is assured of the best quality installation.
We COME BACK
- David personally tunes and programs the completed sound systems to ensure that what was expected is what is delivered.
- David stays to attend weekend worship services to ensure that any questions are answered and that the new system(s) perform the way they are intended to perform.
- We provide master plan integrated designs based on requirements and ideas submitted by the client. This means that all of the equipment specified is designed to connect and work easily together. The master plan is broken into logical equipment groups and phases so that the system may be implemented in phases if need be, without the need to take out Phase I to accommodate Phase II.
- We compile a set of schematic drawings at the project outset to show the client how the system (audio and/or video) will fit together electronically. These drawings are revised throughout the design process until a final design is arrived at for bidding.
- We develop detailed equipment lists and deliver them with product literature for client inspection and for discussion of features and operation.
- We develop realistic budget estimates based on actual equipment and labor costs so that the client has an idea of what the system will cost.
- We make revisions based on functional and budget needs so that the system is within financial reach of the client.
- We work extensively with architects, acousticians, construction managers, electricians – all of the people involved with the project – to ensure that everything “fits” and that the project goes as smoothly as it possibly can.