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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quick Tech Tip TOP 10 Methods to Reduce
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Experiencing Worship, The Study
Used by churches all over the world to help teach worship, the Experiencing Worship study can help your worship team too.
Your team will learn why we worship and gain a better understanding of how to worship.
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