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My current church might be moving into another larger building. I want to make sure that the acoustics in the new sanctuary are acceptable. I am not an acoustic engineer.

What pitfalls, considerations, etc. should I look into/be careful of? Are there any good (free) programs that will generate pink noise and listen to it if I position a mic around the room? Are there any design programs that I can model the room's dimensions and materials and model the acoustics?

I want to make sure the room does not have any "dead" spots or spots with out of phase noise, echoy noise, etc.

Thanks.
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It depends on what kind of acoustics you want. If you want a more lively room, go for stone, stone, and more stone. Stone is good. Carpet, padding in the seats, etc, will deaden or kill the sound. From a vocal point of view, it's better to have a deader room. From a classical music perspective, it's better to have a more reverberant room, from a rock perspective, that's undesirable. It depends on who you talk to. It depends on what you'll be doing in the sanctuary, really.
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