Don’t Blame Your Singers. It’s Your Fault.

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Have we been looking at it all wrong?  We see vocal microphones as the determining factor in sound quality. Truthfully, the factor is largely YOUR work but before we get to that, let’s turn to Bing Crosby. During World War II, he was the #1 American movie actor, the #1 global recording artist, and the host of the top-rated American radio show. Oh, and let's not forget his memorable recording of
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Mixing in a Different Room? Don’t Make This Assumption

Don't let the room fool you!

One day it happens.  You're asked to mix someplace new.  Could you mix our band at another church?  Could you mix in the kids venue?  Or the big one, are you ready to mix in a new sanctuary...because we are building a new one!?! A definition of sanctuary is a place of refuge and protection.  If you've always mixed in the same venue, you've been protected from a cold hard truth; what works in
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The 13 Things to Know Before You Start Mixing in 2015

Thinking about working in church audio in 2015? Perhaps you started this year and want to accelerate your skills. This post is for you! Church audio production (all live audio production for that matter) has two paradoxical characteristics: The work and processes never change. The work and processes change. For the people who believe only number one, the quality of their work
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Have You Fallen For This Audio Myth?

Audio production has long included choir miking and that's where the problem started.  Miking a choir requires proper microphone placement and the 3-to-1 rule is often referenced. It's also where the myth was birthed. The myth is this: The 3:1 microphone placement ratio extends to ALL microphones placed on the stage to ELIMINATE one sound from being detected in multiple microphones.
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Church Techs Need to Stop Talking

LISTEN!  I’ve noticed a huge problem in online church tech forums (I’m a member of quite a few); many tech folks don't know how to help solve problems.  Here’s the setup: Questioner: "I have a problem with (insert problem here). I’ve tried (insert attempt here).  Here's a list of my gear. Any ideas?" Answer: "You need to upgrade (insert piece of equipment here) or use a (piece of equipment
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