How Does Your Service Rate? Take The 15-Point Church Service Review

How does your service rate? I've visited different churches this year and found myself analyzing the audio aspects the minute I walk in the door. I'm not talking just the mix. Today, I'm listing out the 15 points I check. Review your last service against this list.   The 15-Point Service Review Pre-Service 1. Does the tech booth look chaotic five minutes before the service? Is anyone ...

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How to Mic a Guest Speaker – It’s Not About Setting a Speed Record

Put the lasso down and take your time.

You could put a lapel mic on anyone in seven seconds.  An ear-worn microphone might take a little longer.  But this isn't a rodeo.  You don't win anything for the fastest time.  Most of all, the person being miked is already uncomfortable and a quick accosting just makes it worse. Let's jump into the shoes of the guest speaker.  You are Molly, a female church member back from a mission trip to ...

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The Seven Day Sound Check – The Key to Stop the Last Minute Chaos

Tired of chaotic sound checks?  Tired of getting last minute surprises and feeling overwhelmed and stressed out during the process?  Let's change that.  The change begins by starting your next sound check the day after the service. The extensive sound check checklist I give away on this site is over thirty points and four of them are categorized as Days Before.  Your work needs to start that ...

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Basic Wet Dry Mixing for an Enhanced Acoustic Guitar

gibson acoustic guitar wet dry mixing.

The Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman concert came to an end and within moments, I was standing by the FOH guy asking how he got such great tone from Steven's acoustic guitar.  I was expecting him to say, “That’s what you get from a $4000 guitar.”  I was expecting him to say, “It takes a lot of EQ work.”  I wasn't expecting his reply. The standard church acoustic guitar setup goes like ...

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How Volume Can Help, Hinder, or Hurt Worship

Too soft can be just as bad as too loud.

[Guest Post from Robert Naylor, Jr. with his take on volume levels] This is a challenge for all church sound people to consider your volume level and how it may be impacting your worship services. This is not a discussion of specific SPL levels, or contemporary versus traditional worship. I want to speak in more general terms and consider some real world examples that show how volume can affect ...

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