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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What Makes a Successful Sound Engineer? (Part 2)

[Guest post by Nathan Lively covering the secular side of pro audio.] Steve Martin once said of success, "Be so good they can't ignore you." I would say that sound engineers have been following Steve Martin's advice forever. They train, go to seminars, and attend workshops. They pursue professional growth and industry improvement. All things that make them good. They are also very humble and ...

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