How Low Can You Go? (When Volume Reduction is Required)

This weekend, we did communion a different way. Instead of passing the plates, we had communion stations around the room so people could group up after getting the elements and then taking communion together. (Isn’t this supposed to be about volume? – Yes, stick with me.) The problem was the congregation would be doing this WHILE the worship band was playing AND the volume needed to be low ...

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Why it’s Hard to Extend Grace to the Band and What Happens When You Do

What happens when you sit a drummer across from an audio engineer? When this happened with Chris Tomlin’s crew, a wealth of wisdom poured out from both drummer, Matt Gilder, and FOH engineer, Jeff Sandstrom. These two tackled a lot of topics during the FILO conference and a big one was STRESS. It turns out that a problem we face in the church venue is that we don't have the BUS time. We Need ...

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Mixing Tips from Chris Tomlin’s FOH Engineer, Jeff Sandstrom, and One Big Revelation

The FILO conference brought Jeff Sandstrom, Chris Tomlin's FOH engineer, to a room full of church audio techs hoping to hear that one tip that would skyrocket their mix quality.  Or, they just wanted to meet him - maybe a little of both. Jeff has a heart for the band and the church and it was evident in everything he said and did.  And yes, he did give us some tips but he also made a statement ...

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New PreSonus StudioLive CS18AI

So close. Years ago, I bugged Rick Naqvi of PreSonus about adding motorized faders and he made it clear it was a price-point issue. Several years ago, he was right in that it kept the price down. Today, they introduced motorized faders – sort of. The regular line of StudioLive consoles does NOT have motorized faders nor have they been added. I guess I’m ok with that. I’ve known StudioLive users ...

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New DiGiCo S21 – A DiGiCo You Can Afford

Want to buy a DiGiCo console? Grab your neighbor’s wallet because they are EX-PENSIVE! I’m all for paying up for a quality console but what comes with the lower-priced ($7k) DiGiCo S21? I don’t assume it’s because they are going after a larger market. Oh, it’s entirely possible that someone at the company said, “hey, there is a huge market for sub-$10k consoles – we could make some good dough.” ...

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