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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Three Portable Church Sound Systems for Every Budget

Do you load in and load out your system every weekend?  Does your church meet in a school, movie theater, community center, or other location that requires the church to provide the gear? Portable churches have unique audio gear needs and the below highlights three custom systems, by budget range, and the reasons why specific gear is selected in each system. This list was designed around ...

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Don’t Miss the Right Time to Upgrade Gear

Just because it works...

Should we upgrade?  That's the short version of an email I received this week.  Every piece of gear will eventually need to be repaired, replaced, or upgraded.  There are four times when a replacement or an upgrade is due. I need to pause and say that an upgrade does not mean an improvement in sound.  Horrific room acoustics or bad mixing techniques aren't solved by better equipment.  Annnnd, ...

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