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The Fourth Element Part Two
This is the most sensitive and important part of the sound system. People are the deciding factor in the sound equation. Most people that volunteer for the sound ministry at church have a great heart of service. They are....more
Van Metschke 2020-07-20 Sound Advice
Working In Your Strengths
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about working in my strengths. Like many of you, I have many strengths that pertain to the tech world. For me, the two at the top are 1) being a good troubleshooter, and 2) being ....more
Van Metschke 2020-07-06 Sound Advice
They Say It's the Same
Have you ever been sitting in a service in which you are not serving and wondered, “Wow, this sounds much different than last Sunday”? Maybe you have noticed that some weeks the complaints about the sound are “It’s too l....more
Van Metschke 2020-06-15 Sound Advice
Vocal Mixing For Live Events
In general, bass and drums are the cornerstone of a musical theme in a band. Then guitars, keyboards and other instruments complement the harmonic setting of the musical arrangement. Finally, on top of all this, vocals a....more
EXW Staff 2020-06-02 Sound Advice
Why and What
I talk to a lot of church techs who don’t really understand what the condition of our heart ‘should be’ about why tech is needed in church. In the world we live in, the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat environme....more
Van Metschke 2020-06-01 Sound Advice
Pressure Moments vs. The Big Picture
If you’ve been in tech for any amount of time, you know that when it’s “show-time” things get serious. We make the service or event happen and that means that we need to stay on task and focused. At my previous church....more
Van Metschke 2020-05-14 Sound Advice
Building Leaders
One of my passions is raising up young leaders, helping them to find not only their vocational gifts but also their God-given ministry gifts. I have had the honor to help raise up many young leaders in and out of the tec....more
Van Metschke 2020-05-11 Sound Advice
How Loud is your Church?
For more than 15 years I have made a living from my ears. As a studio and live sound engineer I have been exposed to damaging sound pressure levels. This is to be expected in the music world, but many churches operate....more
Leon Sievers 2020-04-28 Sound Advice
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 2020-04-20 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 2020-03-30 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 2020-03-24 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 2020-01-09 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 2019-12-12 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 2019-11-25 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 2019-10-31 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 2019-10-17 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 2019-09-26 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 2019-08-26 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 2019-08-01 Sound Advice
Tips and Tricks
Q: Our system has radio noise coming through the PA. How do we stop it from happening? A: Here is what I would do. Solo each channel's input, aux sends, subgroups, matrices, masters, etc. to try to isolate where i....more
Brent Handy 2019-07-18 Sound Advice
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