Quick Tech Tip What not to do with a Microphone
1. Don’t blow into a microphone to see if it’s on. Blowing into a microphone can expel moisture into a microphone and besides being disgusting can damage the microphone diaphragm. In....more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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 Bible’s views on changing the method but not the message. Change can be hard, but the rewards ....more
A “Deep and Wide” Tech Ministry I came across a blog post recently by Charles Stone in which he summed up five questions that should be asked a your next staff meeting based on Andy Stanley’s book “Deep and Wide” .
This prompted me to think about wh....more
Life Together We’ve all heard “Doing Life Together” or “We are better together” which are really just different ways of saying “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all t....more
Total Drum Cage It's rare that our team at EXW gets really excited about a product for worship. There are a ton of products out with several different companies manufacturing them. Some are better than others. Rarely do you see a com....more
The Fourth Element Part Three This is an area that plagues most churches because little attention is given to it while the building is being built.
Not all, but many of the architects that I have worked with over the years do not really understand a....more
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
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
Experiencing Worship, The Study
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