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]
Church Audio 101
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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]
In the midst of all the techie stuff you do before a service, a.k.a controlled chaos, how many times have you purposefully encouraged the pastor? Have you ever done it after the service? A pastor’s job is one of the most isolating, difficult, and emotionally draining ministries. A pastor gets the emergency phone calls, the prayer requests, and the unloading of burdens. They are the ones who ... [Read More]
My mom used to say, "never assume anything." This is never truer than with audio production. I've made many a costly mistake because of an assumption. I made one just last wee...um, never mind I said that. I'd normally jump in with a story but today, I'm getting right to the details! The Costly Audio Production Assumptions: 1. Assume the last sound tech had it right. Unless the band and ... [Read More]