Sound Advice

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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 listenerís ear. Donít 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
Extreme Event Checklist
If you are considering hosting an Extreme Concert for next year or planning an event of your own, the following timetable and promotional guidelines can maximize the impact and attendance of your event. Basic M....more
Leon Sievers 2021-07-29 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 2021-07-22 Sound Advice
Quick Tech Tip
What not to do with a Microphone 1. Donít blow into a microphone to see if itís on. Blowing into a microphone can expel moisture into a microphone and besides being disgusting can damage the microphone diaphragm. In....more
Leon Sievers 2021-07-01 Sound Advice
The Sound Team
Ultimately, any sound system is only as good as the people operating it. Their ministry is every bit as valid as the music director, the instrumentalist or the choir member. In reality, the effectiveness of the aforemen....more
Leon Sievers 2021-06-15 Sound Advice
Room Acoustics 101
Nothing can improve the quality of your church sound system as much as determining the proper placement for your loudspeaker system.† Upgrading your speakers can make changes in the range of 1 to 5 decibels. But simp....more
Leon Sievers 2021-06-08 Sound Advice
Quick Tech Tip
At your home, business or church, you probably have a first aid kit to attend to minor emergencies. You also need a sound system emergency kit. Sound systems are often made inoperative by minor problems. For instance, t....more
Leon Sievers 2021-05-25 Sound Advice
The Console Switch
I recently had the opportunity to make the switch from an analog to a digital console. I guess I am one of the old school guys who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the digital world. I still love the sound....more
EXW Staff 2021-05-11 Sound Advice
Sound Systems: 101
How does sound get from the microphone to the speakers? Well I'm glad you asked! Although systems vary from the simple to the ridiculously complex, all systems flow in generally the same way. It is important that all mem....more
Van Metschke 2021-04-20 Sound Advice
Communication
I have no idea what it's like to be a sound tech in a large church.† The duties and responsibilities are endless each week.† So much to worry about in the way of making it all happen.† So much to rely on with power, mixi....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-04-15 Sound Advice
The Technical Director
Every church has a need for a technical director. Nearly every aspect of church is affected in some way by a technical service or function that needs to be performed by someone. Often times various people with different ....more
Leon Sievers 2021-03-29 Sound Advice
Continuity is King
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 2021-03-22 Sound Advice
The Mixing Console in Worship
The mixing console can be an intimidating and "phobic" experience for a new sound tech.Modern consoles can feature more than 500 knobs and infinite settings. However, operating a mixing console can be a very rewarding ex....more
Leon Sievers 2021-02-18 Sound Advice
Quick Tech Tip
Wireless microphone manufacturers specify alkaline batteries. A fresh alkaline battery will run a wireless transmitter (depending on the system manufacturer) from eight to sixteen hours. Most wireless microphones will st....more
Leon Sievers 2021-01-28 Sound Advice
Quick Tech Tips
Sound problems can be caused by anything from architectural defects to misguided equipment operators. Here are some of the most troublesome sound problems that churches struggle with and what can be done about them: ....more
Leon Sievers 2021-01-19 Sound Advice
Riding the Lightning
We have entered the "storm season" here in the bible-belt. With storms come the most unpredictable, and second most deadly force, lightning. Lightning is not the only concern. Equipment in your facility can malfunction....more
Brent Handy 2020-11-19 Sound Advice
Changing to Win
As my church heads into a season of change (an auditorium remodel, a name change, and a new website) I am brought back to the Bibleís views on changing the method but not the message. Change can be hard, but the rewards ....more
Van Metschke 2020-10-29 Sound Advice
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