Sound is what you hear. I hope you aren't satisfied with that answer. A sound engineer needs to understand not only what they hear, but what happens with sound. Sound comes from vibration. Think of hitting a drum cymbol. These vibrations cause fluctuations in the air pressure called sound waves. Think of ripples in a pond. Each ripple has a peak height and depth. One complete motion (up and ... [Read More]
Church Audio 101
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Sound comes from vibrations caused by fluctutations in the air pressure. In fact, that's how the ear drum works. It records the pounding of sound waves against it and converts it into something our brain can understand. Sound technicians deal with not only live sound but also electrical "sound." When a person talks into a microphone, their voice is converted to a electrical sound known as an ... [Read More]
The low hum you hear is not a distant cargo plane. It's not your local television helicopter. It's the beginning of the end... it’s feedback. Sooner or later every sound system operator experiences feedback. Most people think of feedback as that dreaded deafening high-pitched squeal resulting from a bad combination of mic gain, mic location and speaker volume, but feedback often begins as a ... [Read More]
I was recently asked a question by a church elder. "Do sound engineers get to worship during the service?" I wish more people would think about this question. After ten years of experience on sound ministry teams, I still can't worship 100% during my time "behind the mixer." That's just part of the job. Sound engineers, however, shouldn't take on un-necessary ... [Read More]