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]
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.
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]
Does an audio engineer have to be a control freak? Answer yes and you're wrong. Answer no and you're also wrong. Let's explore. There are two extreme views of how an audio engineer should operate. One view says they are to be servants to the band and the pastor and therefore should do whatever is asked of them, whether they believe it's right (or proper) or not. To that, I say that's not ... [Read More]
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 ... [Read More]