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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
Leon Sievers 2019-08-26 Sound Advice
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
Leon Sievers 2020-01-09 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
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
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
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
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
Microphones In Worship - Part 1
Nothing can disrupt a worship service like the annoying squeal of feedback from the sound system. Feedback is a ringing sound or squeal which occurs when the signal generated by the microphone is reproduced by a nearby l....more
Leon Sievers 2013-03-06 Sound Advice
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
Leon Sievers 2019-09-26 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
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:  · Killi....more
Leon Sievers 2012-10-25 Sound Advice
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
Leon Sievers 2021-07-01 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
Quick Tech Tip
TOP 10 Methods to Reduce feedback: 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
Leon Sievers 2019-11-25 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 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
Leon Sievers 2020-04-20 Sound Advice
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
Leon Sievers 2019-12-12 Sound Advice
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. Micropho....more
Leon Sievers 2019-10-31 Sound Advice
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
Van Metschke 2020-07-20 Sound Advice
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
Stephen M. Newman 2020-03-24 Sound Advice
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