Sound Advice

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Quick Tech Tip
Ninety percent of sound system problems involve simple solutions that you can perform, but most operators overlook.  Make sure that your system is plugged in. Verify that all power plugs on all equipment....more
Leon Sievers 2022-06-21 Sound Advice
Hearing Test
There is a movement in the audio industry. Artists and engineers are taking a look at the cold hard Sound Pressure Level (SPL) facts. Most commercial events have loudness levels and exposure times exceeding OSHA's limi....more
Brent Handy 2022-05-31 Sound Advice
The SoundTech As a Worshiper
Two of the most often questions I receive from sound tech is, "How do we worship when we are so busy working the mix during the service?" and "What can we do to better worship and still not neglect the sound?” These ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-05-30 Sound Advice
Ready, Willing and Able
As most of you know, there is a shortage of capable volunteers for the audio engineer position. I am sure that I am not the only one that had these problems. Right? Maybe this story will inspire you to find a way to staf....more
Brent Handy 2022-05-11 Sound Advice
Can You Hear It?
Not many of us get exposure a large palette of microphones, to compare apples to apples. How would you like a chance to do that in a real-world environment...a church? This month I am doing exactly that. May 13th-17t....more
Brent Handy 2022-04-06 Sound Advice
Mixing Monitors for Worship - Part 2
Having outlined the various equipment and signal routing methods, we begin to look at the technique or process to mixing sound. A good sound check is absolutely necessary to getting a good mix for both the monitors and h....more
Leon Sievers 2022-03-29 Sound Advice
Invest in People
I receive dozens of calls and email each week asking me to troubleshoot problems in church sound systems. Many of these problems can be attributed to inadequate equipment or training. Additional problems are due to a ....more
Leon Sievers 2022-03-10 Sound Advice
Quick Tech Tip
TOP 10 Methods to Reduce feedback: 1. Turn the volume down. 2. Decrease gain on equalizer(EQ) or tone controls. 3. Reduce monitor system volume or its EQ gain. 4. Move microphones farther away from sound path of spe....more
Leon Sievers 2022-02-28 Sound Advice
Microphones in Worship
Proper mic selection and position is the basis for building a solid mix around your drummer. If you start with these basics, you will have a foundation upon which you can begin to layer the rest of the band. Micropho....more
Leon Sievers 2022-02-10 Sound Advice
The Fourth Element
True or false? "The sound system in your church is the same as the system in mine." The answer to this question seems so obvious, but most sound people have learned most of their audio knowledge with the sound sy....more
Van Metschke 2022-02-01 Sound Advice
Using Drum Shields In Worship
In houses of worship, large and small, getting good sound isolation can be a huge challenge. Whether the need is to separate the drums from the rest of the ensemble or to help control the overall stage volume, the ClearS....more
Leon Sievers 2022-01-18 Sound Advice
Mixing Monitors for Worship - Part 1
Stage volume is a serious problem in establishing a good house mix. If the mix in the monitors is rough or weak, then musicians and vocalists “turn up” and eventually the spill from the stage finds its way into your mix ....more
Leon Sievers 2021-12-28 Sound Advice
Digital Juice
If you are into video at your church and need some professional backgrounds, check out the Jump Backs from Digital Juice. These Jump Backs will help make your videos look like the pro's. Their Jump Backs and other prod....more
EXW Staff 2021-12-13 Sound Advice
Just What Do We Do, Anyway!?!
I happened to be passing by the door to the church conference room some years ago just as our pastoral staff was finishing their weekly meeting. This was a particularly grueling week for me. As the audio support staff of....more
EXW Staff 2021-11-24 Sound Advice
Leadership Silver Bullets
I am asked frequently what I think my “Silver Bullets” for leadership and managing people are. So I thought I would share some (Note that I didn’t think any of these up, I stole.. I mean learned them from others far wise....more
Van Metschke 2021-11-08 Sound Advice
Maybe It Is Rocket Science
Many years ago I was in a hotel in Laughlin, Nevada for a dance competition with my two daughters (since you asked, tap, ballet, and jazz, them not me). We spent two days at this competition and the event was held in a l....more
Van Metschke 2021-11-01 Sound Advice
Upgrading Mixing Consoles:The Volunteer Factor
When the curve is too steep, you could be upgrading to a better console but getting a worse result because its "too much board" for your volunteers. At the end of the rainbow isn't a pot of gold, it's a well-trained v....more
EXW Staff 2021-09-14 Sound Advice
How to EQ Vocals
Vocal EQ work can make or break your mix. A solid vocal mix will capture the listener’s ear. Don’t think vocal mixing is hard. EQ vocals using these six easy steps. Oh, you might have one particular singer that has a dif....more
EXW Staff 2021-08-24 Sound Advice
Tips and Tricks
Q: Our mixer provides simultaneous mixes for the house and monitors. When we need to use the EQ to eliminate feedback in our monitors, it effects the house. How can we use the EQ just on a monitor send, or the house mix....more
Brent Handy 2021-08-10 Sound Advice
Seven Steps for Cleaning Up Your Music Mix
Saturday, I was conducting an audio training session and I was given the opportunity to work on their mix with the worship band. The mix was pretty good so instead of re-building their full mix, I focused on cleaning up....more
EXW Staff 2021-08-09 Sound Advice
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