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]
Church Audio 101
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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]
What happens when you sit a drummer across from an audio engineer? When this happened with Chris Tomlin’s crew, a wealth of wisdom poured out from both drummer, Matt Gilder, and FOH engineer, Jeff Sandstrom. These two tackled a lot of topics during the FILO conference and a big one was STRESS. It turns out that a problem we face in the church venue is that we don't have the BUS time. We Need ... [Read More]
How does your service rate? I've visited different churches this year and found myself analyzing the audio aspects the minute I walk in the door. I'm not talking just the mix. Today, I'm listing out the 15 points I check. Review your last service against this list. The 15-Point Service Review Pre-Service 1. Does the tech booth look chaotic five minutes before the service? Is anyone ... [Read More]
"Can you hear out of this ear?" the nurse asked me. "Yes," I replied. She proceeded to pull out the nastiest wax I'd ever seen. "I THOUGHT I could hear," came my next words. Ear health isn't a topic that will trend on Twitter any time soon but it's important for sound engineers and musicians. Usually, we are only told to avoid prolonged exposure to high sound pressure levels. There's ... [Read More]