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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What Makes a Successful Sound Engineer? (Part 1)

What does it take to be successful in live audio production?  To answer this question, I've partnered with professional audio engineer Nathan Lively.  In part 1, I'm looking at it from the point of view of church audio. There are six qualities that make church techs successful.  Some techs have these the moment they start, for others, they develop these skills.   1. Dedication to the ...

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NAMM Notables – New Gear for 2015

The 2015 NAMM convention, in Anaheim, California, saw the release of a variety of music-related gear, from guitars to mixers to microphones.  Focusing on the pro audio side, I can say there are great new products coming to market but a few had me scratching my head. As an aside, this was my first time attending NAMM.  "Kid in a candy store," is about the best way I can describe being ...

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