What You Can Learn From Worship VJ Stephen Proctor

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We must be intentional about every aspect of someone’s experience when coming to worship,” explains Stephen Proctor in our recent interview.   Stephen has a very unique job which gives him the insight and wisdom into how audio and video environments affect a person’s behavior and emotion.  He is a worship VJ.  You’ll learn, through our interview, how you can drastically improve the environment in the church sanctuary through your work behind the mixer.

Who is Stephen Proctor?

I was first introduced to Stephen’s web site, worshipvj.com, after talking with a creative arts pastor who mentioned his site and his guide to visual worship.  I wanted to interview him after a few minutes checking out his web site, the product, and his list of credits.  I saw him as someone with a unique perspective into worship and the importance of both audio and video production. …keep reading »

How to Get Over Mixer’s Block

In a rut with your mix?  Can’t find a way to change things up?  Mixing is about creativity and my own recent case of writer’s block reminded me that it’s easy to have mixer’s block.  Here are seven ways you can get over mixer’s block and come out with a new sound!

The biggest contributor to mixer’s block is the mentality of only one “right mix.”  That’s the logical side of your audio work interfering with your creative side.  It is here where the image of a conductor comes to mind.

A conductor guides the tempo of the orchestra.  They control the volume of an overall song.  They can even control a section of instruments.  Now how many ways can a single piece of music be conducted?  Two?  Five?  You can do the same! …keep reading »

What Is Song Mixing?

Song Mixing can be defined as;
1.  Making the band sound like they want.
2.  Making the establishment owner happy (make the pastor happy).
3.  Making the music sound "great."
4.  Making a speaker's voice easy to understand.
5.  Making cheap instruments sound like expensive ones.

These can all be valid points but each one misses the mark.  Each one of these defines a fraction of the mixing realm.  In other words, each one is a small slice of the mixing pie.

Song mixing is creating a sound that invokes an intended emotional response from the listeners.

The band wants the audience to feel the emotions their songs are trying to convey.  The pastor wants the music to have a worshipful feel.  The audience (the congregation) wants to feel moved by the music.  It's up to you to do that.  Making a small guitar sound big or a piece of junk drum set sound like a set of expensive ones is just part of the process that takes you toward achieving that emotional state. …keep reading »