How Low Can You Go? (When Volume Reduction is Required)

This weekend, we did communion a different way. Instead of passing the plates, we had communion stations around the room so people could group up after getting the elements and then taking communion together. (Isn’t this supposed to be about volume? – Yes, stick with me.) The problem was the congregation would be doing this WHILE the worship band was playing AND the volume needed to be low ...

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Mixing Tips from Chris Tomlin’s FOH Engineer, Jeff Sandstrom, and One Big Revelation

The FILO conference brought Jeff Sandstrom, Chris Tomlin's FOH engineer, to a room full of church audio techs hoping to hear that one tip that would skyrocket their mix quality.  Or, they just wanted to meet him - maybe a little of both. Jeff has a heart for the band and the church and it was evident in everything he said and did.  And yes, he did give us some tips but he also made a statement ...

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The Seven Day Sound Check – The Key to Stop the Last Minute Chaos

Tired of chaotic sound checks?  Tired of getting last minute surprises and feeling overwhelmed and stressed out during the process?  Let's change that.  The change begins by starting your next sound check the day after the service. The extensive sound check checklist I give away on this site is over thirty points and four of them are categorized as Days Before.  Your work needs to start that ...

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Basic Wet Dry Mixing for an Enhanced Acoustic Guitar

gibson acoustic guitar wet dry mixing.

The Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman concert came to an end and within moments, I was standing by the FOH guy asking how he got such great tone from Steven's acoustic guitar.  I was expecting him to say, “That’s what you get from a $4000 guitar.”  I was expecting him to say, “It takes a lot of EQ work.”  I wasn't expecting his reply. The standard church acoustic guitar setup goes like ...

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How Volume Can Help, Hinder, or Hurt Worship

Too soft can be just as bad as too loud.

[Guest Post from Robert Naylor, Jr. with his take on volume levels] This is a challenge for all church sound people to consider your volume level and how it may be impacting your worship services. This is not a discussion of specific SPL levels, or contemporary versus traditional worship. I want to speak in more general terms and consider some real world examples that show how volume can affect ...

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