One button that still looks pristine. No fingerprints. No worn finish. It doesn't even have a name. Working in audio, it's easy finding my way into a foreign sound booth. It could be it's my station for an event or it might be that I've been invited in by the sound tech on duty. Over the years, I've noticed one button that's often not used. It's the fixed-point high-pass filter button on each channel. This single high-pass filter is often labeled as "/80" or "/100." Honestly, [keep reading]
A random list of 101-level articles doesn't seem helpful if this is your first time here. Therefore, I've put together a SPECIAL page just for you. Consider it your road map. The page includes links to articles I think would be the best place to start, especially if you are new to audio production.
The most common mixing mistakes for church band instruments occur with the acoustic guitar. It's a staple instrument of praise bands and for this reason it's an instrument that needs to be correctly mixed. This article highlights the common mixing mistakes with the guitar and how you can avoid them. The Top Eight Common Acoustic Guitar Mixing Mistakes; 1. No EQ. I'm not one to say which is worse of these but in my book, this one is at the top because it's indicative of the sound tech's [keep reading]
Kent Morris said "live music is about the energy." That's so true. Where does that energy come from? How do you control it? And why can it sometimes be so hard to find? All questions that will soon be answered. Phil Coulter, on his Highland Cathedral album, has a song that's dedicated to the drums. It starts out with a few lines of verse that highlights the importance of the drums since before the first lyrics were ever written. Drums have been giving energy to music for a long [keep reading]
How do you render a stage setup? That's the question posed to me by a reader. It’s a simple question that leads to a simple, yet lengthy response. Setting up a stage is more than just placing gear and placing people, it's about... …consistency. The email included this statement "Most of the time we just show up to church and spend a lot of time just trying to figure out where to put the instruments." This means that right off the bat, there are two problems; 1. The sound [keep reading]
In a recent email survey, several of you commented on the lack of professionalism you see in your volunteers. I give you something to post in your sound booth...the rules of audio professionalism. 1. Always be early. If you are on time for practice, you are late because people are now waiting for you to set up before they can practice. 2. Inform the tech director/head sound tech if you are running late or can't make a service. An added bonus...please call another sound tech to sub [keep reading]