Digital Consoles: The Perfect Volunteer In today’s church, the most sought after “staff member” has got to be a trained volunteer. Can you remember the number of times you’ve had to run back and forth from the booth to the stage to adjust house and monitor lev....more
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
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
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 Together MID and SWEEP controls can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks from combating feedback to improving the way things sound through the PA or on recording. Here are some of those tasks & settings:
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
Ready, Willing and Able As most of you know, there is a shortage of capable volunteers for the audio engineer position. I am sure that I am not the only one that had these problems. Right? Maybe this story will inspire you to find a way to staf....more
Can You Hear It? Not many of us get exposure a large palette of microphones, to compare apples to apples. How would you like a chance to do that in a real-world environment...a church? This month I am doing exactly that.
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
Mic Evaluations in Church Productions Stop! Don't read any further until you have read my two previous articles. One article talks about the mic test and what it is about. The next article is a list of microphones to be tested. This will save me from ....more
CD Tips In response to our "Planning to do a CD?" article, we have decided to share a few tips with you about making your own CD with your worship team. There are a ton of churches out who feel a need to make a CD of their musi....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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