Church Acoustics - reverberation
What is the ideal reverberation time for a church? There are a couple of factors to take into account.
The first one is the type of worship that the church enjoys. Many churches have a combination of traditional services and modern worship, so this will require some compromise.
The second factor is the volume of the church. Bigger spaces naturally have a longer reverberation than smaller spaces and that fits with people's expectations.
My preference is to keep the reverberation time short enough so that speech can be easily understood which will also help with musical detail, but always retaining enough reverberation to make participants feel they are part of a community and encouraging them to sing. This is not an easy compromise to achieve but worth some considerable effort on our part in order to get the best possible balance.