The band is on stage and the gain levels are set. It's the perfect time to reach for an EQ control. Or so you think. Instead, the next step should be to balance the instrument and vocal volumes so every musician is heard in the right relationship to the others. In short, the first part of mixing the band is putting everyone in their right spot. As I call it, volume balancing. The idea of ... [Read More]
Church Audio 101
Are you new to church audio? Check out this page just for you. Then, come back here and read through the archive of Church Audio 101-level articles written with YOU in mind.
The perfect volume for a church service isn’t found in a magic number. Truth be told, what one person finds perfect, another thinks is too loud or too soft. Who's correct? This guide helps you find the ideal volume for your sanctuary and implement a process so all audio techs mix a consistent volume each week. Let's get this part out of the way. You might even hate me for it. I can take ... [Read More]
Disaster strikes and it's usually during the service. In the early days, I panicked. Now, I use a four-step plan that serves me well. As a quick note, if you've NEVER experienced a production problem, your time is coming. Refer to the recent Grammy Awards to see what I mean! I have to confess, there might be a select few of you who find these steps familiar. I'll cover that at the end. The ... [Read More]
Equipping Your Church for Audio is the ebook that Brian Gowing and I have been working on for months. It's detailed, concise, and written to take ALL of the guesswork out of buying audio equipment for small churches and portable churches. If you're in either of these situations, this guide is for you. You'll also get the massive 7-page worksheet that accompanies the guide. Plus, check out ... [Read More]
If you're like me, you develop a new interest in something and immediately try learning everything you can. There are good ways to do this and bad ways. Those good ones go beyond reading books, watching videos, whatever type of standard one-way learning you like. And it's those added steps I'm listing today. You might be surprised to know these hacks aren't just for newbies. Any audio tech ... [Read More]