Taming The Acoustics In Your Funeral Auditorium

Taming The Acoustics In Your Funeral Auditorium

It may be stating the obvious, but different spaces can have dramatically different acoustics. Think of how a handclap would sound in a cathedral compared to a small bedroom. Like other large, open spaces, funeral home auditoriums and crematories tend to be lively acoustic environments where sounds can merrily bounce off the walls and ceilings, creating unwelcome echoes and making it uncomfortable to sit through a service if not properly treated.


Planning for great acoustics

The best time to think about acoustics is before the auditorium has even been built. We often get involved with architects at the planning stage and can recommend materials like acoustic plasterboard / drywall which are much denser than typical panels and far better at soaking up sound. Likewise, we can advise on how different types of seating can make a big difference to the acoustic properties of the room.

Treating problem Spaces

What if your auditorium is already well-established, but it sounds like a busy indoor swimming pool? Sometimes it is enough for our specialists to tweak the system equalization or recommend updating a few system components. Low-tech solutions like adding cushions and drapes can help too. For really unruly spaces we might recommend the installation of acoustic panels. If you’re picturing the weird spiky foam blocks you have seen on the walls in recording studios, don’t worry, there are lots of attractive acoustic treatments out there, so you can improve your acoustics without ruining your décor!

Flexible solutions

One of the challenges of creating audio solutions for funeral businesses is the need to accommodate a variety of situations without needing to adjust the system. The acoustics of your auditorium will be very different depending on whether you have just a few family members at the front or a packed service with every seat occupied. Your audio system will also need to accommodate spoken word presentations, recorded music and occasional live singing and/or instruments. With experience of working in many different funeral businesses, our experts have learned to optimize the equalization of the audio system to sound great in any scenario that you are likely to experience.

Whether you are still planning a new funeral business or have an existing auditorium that is in need of specialist attention, the good news is that there is always something to be done to provide a great acoustic experience.

The Top 5 PowerPoint Gotchas for Funeral Businesses

The Top 5 PowerPoint Gotchas for Funeral Businesses

Using PowerPoint for your funeral services? PowerPoint has been the go-to software for preparing and presenting funerals for many years. It has the benefits of being a standard part of the Microsoft Office package, and with a little practise most of us can put together a passable presentation with it. It’s important to remember that PowerPoint was developed as a tool for the boardroom, not the funeral home. If the Finance Director messes up his slides for the board meeting that’s regrettable, but soon forgotten. In our line of work, there is never a second chance to put things right. We’ve put together our top 5 PowerPoint gotchas to look out for:


1/ Wrong cable!

Yes, it sounds basic, but some PCs and projectors have HDMI connectors, some have VGA, and those pesky MACs have neither! If you use multiple venues or host visiting celebrants with their own laptops it pays to have plenty of spare cables and an adaptor for every eventuality.

2/ Crazy fonts.

If you create a presentation using a non-standard font you can run into embarrassing problems. If the computer running the ceremony doesn’t have the same font it will choose another font for you, often turning your beautifully prepared ceremony into an unruly mess. And be aware that PCs and MACs have very different ideas about what is a standard font!

3/ Where’s the video?

Not being able to play video is a very common issue. There are a number of causes, but the most common is that that the presentation was prepared on another computer and the video file was never moved across. What looks like the video in the presentation is actually just a link to a file that’s not there anymore.

4/ What happened to the sound?

You can’t blame PowerPoint for this one, but did anyone tell the funeral venue that you were playing audio from the PC? It always pays to do a soundcheck well ahead of the service!

5/ Wrong screen size.

PowerPoint uses two main aspect ratios: 4:3, which it calls standard, is used for older, squarer screens, and 16:9 which it calls widescreen, but which is increasingly becoming the norm. If you’ll be using an unfamiliar setup it pays to ask what aspect ratio to use as it’s hard to put right at the last minute and having the wrong aspect ratio will look awkward at best and may even make it hard to read the text.


We could add plenty more anxiety-inducing scenarios to the list, like notifications popping up mid-service and incompatibility between versions of PowerPoint. So, what’s the answer? Well, if you’re determined to stick with PowerPoint it all comes down to preparation – test the service in the venue, using the actual equipment that will be used on the day, and give yourself plenty of time for troubleshooting.  

But we think there’s a better way. Our APEX Liviau system has been developed to meet the specific needs of funeral businesses, providing a full audio, video and lighting solution in one reliable, easy-to-use touchscreen. There are no more hardware and software compatibility issues to troubleshoot. Each individual piece of music, image gallery or video can be triggered at the push of a button, played from the internal hard drive or a USB key. Even accommodating a last-minute addition to the service from a family member is easy with Liviau. If you’re ready to move on from PowerPoint, ask our expert team for a free demonstration.  

5 reasons to choose a professional display

5 reasons to choose a professional display over a TV in your funeral home.

Although at first glance it can be hard to tell a professional display and a regular TV screen apart, there are considerable differences between the two. An ordinary TV screen is designed to be switched on for around 4 hours a day and to be watched from 2 meters away, while a professional display has a much broader scope. We’ve listed the five top reasons for choosing a professional display instead of a TV below:

1/ All attendees have the same experience

When choosing a display, make sure to take viewing distances, viewing angles and the lighting in your auditorium into account. Assume that not all invitees will be seated right in front of the screen. For everyone to have the experience, you need a screen with a wide viewing angle that prevents distortion and discoloration. The greater the screen’s viewing angle, the easier it is to see the screen from the side, and the more involved each attendee will feel with what appears on the screen.

2/ Lighting conditions do not affect your image quality

A professional display has a much higher light output. Light output, also called “brightness”, is measured in candela per square meter (cd / m²). That candela value is 20 times higher on average with a professional display than with a regular TV. Because the light output of a professional display is so much more powerful, the image cannot be influenced by light. That means that even on bright days when the sun shines on the screen, the image is not spoiled.

3/ Razor-sharp picture – even in the back row

Professional displays have a higher pixel density than traditional displays. Thanks to their high ppi (pixels per inch), your image will be sharper and the chances of dispersion or color separation are minimized. Color separation mainly occurs when something dark is visible alongside something light. The greater the contrast between light and dark, the more likely the edges will be blurred. Due to the higher pixel density, images are much sharper and even funeral attendees in the back row will see a sharp picture.

4/ Easy to operate

Professional displays have a wide spectrum of control options, with RS232 ports allowing them to be switched on and off automatically from a distance. At APEX we develop control solutions specifically for the funeral sector. Our LIVIAU touchscreen system allows one person to easily deliver the whole funeral service, controlling the images and videos shown on professional displays and working in harmony with audio and lighting to create a memorable service.

5/ Sustainable solution

Because professional displays are cooled in a different way than regular TV screens, they are made to run 24/7. Professional displays also use LED technology, greatly reducing their power consumption. Professional displays can be more expensive to purchase, but certainly pay off in terms of lifespan, warranty and power consumption.


A complete AV Installation from €496 per month


With APEX LEASE there is now the option to lease your audiovisual installation instead of purchasing it straight away. You then pay a fixed monthly amount for our hardware, software and service package.

With APEX LEASE we can offer leasing programs with terms from 3 to 6 years. You can also choose between and operational lease (without purchase option) or a finance lease (with purchase option).

Want to know more about leasing? Don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.



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