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]
Church Audio 101
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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]
Aiming for excellence has become a church tech mantra and it has to stop! This post will attract many comments on both sides but, I’ve never been one to shy away from a good, rousing discussion so here goes! I'm guilty. I’ve written about constantly improving your knowledge and skill at audio engineering. I’ve talked about aiming for excellence, both with equipment and with your skill level. ... [Read More]
Once the initial excitement of working in audio production wears off, it leaves one with a few unfortunate realizations. I'm not saying audio work stops being fun. I've been doing this for a long time and I still have fun. I only wish someone would have cracked open the secret envelop and let me see the truth before being up to my knees in XLR cables. This post reveals these "secrets." At ... [Read More]
One sentence. One sentence should drive music mixing. Close your eyes and listen. What you SEE affects what you THINK you should HEAR. “I can’t hear the keyboard.” “I can’t hear the bass.” “I can’t hear my wife.” Ah, words spoken by the seeing. “I can’t hear the keyboard,” the intern said to me. She trusted her eyes. She was subconsciously saying, “I can’t hear the keyboard ... [Read More]