When Church Staff Just Doesn’t Understand

Remember Y2K? The greatest anti-climactic disaster of the last century? A few days after 2000 started, the pundits started wondering what the big deal was since everything (for the most part) worked and the world didn’t disappear into a nuclear meltdown. (If you weren’t in the IT field during that time you’d never know the tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work needed to get to reach the ...

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Make Custom In-Ear Monitors for $10

Are custom molded in-ears that easy to make?  How do they sound?  I’d seen the how-to videos so I decided to give it a try. The results were surprising. I use a set of Logitech Ultimate Ears UE600 IEMs on the road, good for what I need without being so pricey I worry about I losing them. They sound pretty good and flat with maybe a touch too much high-end. I busted a ten-spot out of my ...

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How to Set Gain Levels in Live Sound – Three Methods

Audio mixer channel gain can be set in three ways.  Someone reading that last sentence just went ballistic.  Is there only one right method for setting the channel gain?  Let's explore. Follow the signal Audio comes into a mono mixer channel via a balanced connection.  There are three wires in the input cable; one is ground and the other two carry the audio.  Of these two, one carries a mirrored ...

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Six Essential Backup Plans – You Do Have These, Don’t You?

You never think about it until you need it.

When I was the father of a newborn, I had two backup plans; keep a spare set of diapers in the upstairs closet and keep an extra can of baby formula beside it.  When it comes to church audio, techs need audio production backup plans.  "It will never happen" always turns into, "I can't believe it happened."  They also need two other things which I cover at the end. The Six Backup Plans You ...

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Navigating the Rapids of Live Sound: Kent Morris Speaks

Kent Morris can perform a one-man line check with ease.  He's a live sound engineer for those including Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton and In Touch Ministries. He writes for trade publications including Live Sound, runs Cornerstone Media, and works as an instructor at Peavy.  So, when I had the opportunity to hear him speak at Sweetwater's GearFest, I grabbed a seat. His talk was titled, ...

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