Sound Advice

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Effective Effects
It is often tricky to find the best effects in a live venue like worship. When to use reverb and when to use delays can baffle the volunteer and even experienced sound tech. This article sheds some light light on w....more
EXW Staff 2023-08-02 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 2023-07-31 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 2023-07-17 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 2023-07-03 Sound Advice
Why Multimedia in Worship?
Multimedia incorporates several elements of communication: text, graphics, animation, sound, and video. When properly used, these elements enhance the total worship experience and give new freedom to the worshiper. Wh....more
EXW Staff 2023-06-21 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 2023-06-12 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 2023-06-06 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 2023-05-18 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 2023-05-11 Sound Advice
Divine Bass!
While touring, I am constantly looking and listening for the best products to use in church sound systems. Many contractors offer "Install" products. But frankly, many of them are sub par in my opinion. There are a few g....more
Brent Handy 2023-05-10 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 2023-04-11 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 2023-03-21 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 2023-03-09 Sound Advice
Achieving a Good Mix for Worship
It’s relatively easy to teach someone how to use equipment, it’s more difficult to teach him or her how to critically listen to what they are doing and musically create a good mix. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS Yearn to ....more
EXW Staff 2023-02-22 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 2023-01-10 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 Bible’s views on changing the method but not the message. Change can be hard, but the rewards ....more
Van Metschke 2022-12-20 Sound Advice
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
Van Metschke 2022-12-15 Sound Advice
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
Van Metschke 2022-12-06 Sound Advice
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
EXW Staff 2022-11-16 Sound Advice
Sennheiser Mic Review
Mics Reviewed: Sennheiser e 903 dynamic handheld vocal/instrument microphone Sennheiser e 604 dynamic drum/percussion microphones with Easy Clamps Sennheiser e 602 dynamic kick drum/bass microphone Sen....more
Brent Handy 2022-11-09 Sound Advice
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