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
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
Just What Do We Do, Anyway!?! I happened to be passing by the door to the church conference room some years ago just as our pastoral staff was finishing their weekly meeting. This was a particularly grueling week for me. As the audio support staff of....more
Leadership Silver Bullets I am asked frequently what I think my “Silver Bullets” for leadership and managing people are. So I thought I would share some (Note that I didn’t think any of these up, I stole.. I mean learned them from others far wise....more
Maybe It Is Rocket Science Many years ago I was in a hotel in Laughlin, Nevada for a dance competition with my two daughters (since you asked, tap, ballet, and jazz, them not me). We spent two days at this competition and the event was held in a l....more
Upgrading Mixing Consoles:The Volunteer Factor When the curve is too steep, you could be upgrading to a better console but getting a worse result because its "too much board" for your volunteers.
At the end of the rainbow isn't a pot of gold, it's a well-trained v....more
How to EQ Vocals Vocal EQ work can make or break your mix. A solid vocal mix will capture the listener’s ear. Don’t think vocal mixing is hard. EQ vocals using these six easy steps. Oh, you might have one particular singer that has a dif....more
Tips and Tricks Q: Our mixer provides simultaneous mixes for the house and monitors. When we need to use the EQ to eliminate feedback in our monitors, it effects the house. How can we use the EQ just on a monitor send, or the house mix....more
Seven Steps for Cleaning Up Your Music Mix Saturday, I was conducting an audio training session and I was given the opportunity to work on their mix with the worship band. The mix was pretty good so instead of re-building their full mix, I focused on cleaning up....more
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.
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
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.
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