How to Set Gain Levels in Live Sound – Three Methods

Audio mixer channel gain can be set in three ways.  Someone reading that last sentence just went ballistic.  Is there only one right method for setting the channel gain?  Let's explore. Follow the signal Audio comes into a mono mixer channel via a balanced connection.  There are three wires in the input cable; one is ground and the other two carry the audio.  Of these two, one carries a mirrored ...

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Navigating the Rapids of Live Sound: Kent Morris Speaks

Kent Morris can perform a one-man line check with ease.  He's a live sound engineer for those including Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton and In Touch Ministries. He writes for trade publications including Live Sound, runs Cornerstone Media, and works as an instructor at Peavy.  So, when I had the opportunity to hear him speak at Sweetwater's GearFest, I grabbed a seat. His talk was titled, ...

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4 Mixing FAQs for New Church Sound Techs

New church techs ask four typical mixing questions and today I'm detailing my responses.  Three of the questions aren't so much technical as they are situational - but it's a situation we all face every time we mix. Make sure to check out the quote at the end of the post - it's a tip we should all follow. 1. How loud should it be? The answer is, "it depends."  The ideal volume is like the ...

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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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