A room lacking sound absorption material can be a nightmare for mixing. I've mixed in a few of these rooms myself. From what I've found, a number of you mix in such rooms on a regular basis. In fact, the most common question I get is, "what the best way to mix in a gymnasium?" A gymnasium ... Read More
Sound System Organization
As a kid, I remember my mother telling me to clean the desk in my room. I proceeded to dump everything off of it. Then, over the next week, if I needed something in the pile on the floor, I'd dig it out. Whatever was still on the floor after a week, I threw away. This is not ... Read More
Djembe Microphone Techniques
The djembe (a type of drum) is a great musical instrument that blends well into the church worship setting. However, microphone placement for the djembe is not a hard and fast rule. Here are the guidelines you can use for providing the best amplification.Djembes are either mic'd with a ... Read More
The Importance of Microphone Frequency Response
Talk of microphones usually revolves around the type (condenser or dynamic) and the polar pattern (cardioid, omni-directional, etc.), but there is more to a microphone. The "more" is the microphone's Frequency Response. Microphones differ in the way in which they respond to different ... Read More
Headphones : Used for Mixing Or Not?
Headphones can be your best friend or your biggest hinderance to providing a great sound. Headphones are used so you can isolate the sound you want to hear and tweak that sound via volume or eq settings accordingly. Seems like it would be perfect for using for an entire service, ... Read More
Three Easy Ways For Preventing Feedback
You might be suffering from all three of these audio feedback problem areas. I've been emailing a sound tech overseas who has had feedback problems. In my initial email, I said it could be caused by one of a few things. As it turned out, he had all three conditions that were causing feedback. ... Read More
Track Down The Buzz In Your Sound System
Buzz in an audio system might be the most annoying sound you'll ever hear. A close second is the first unexplainable rattle emanating from your new car. Buzzy audio has been the source of many an email I've received and today you’ll learn the process for tracking down that audio buzz and stopping ... Read More
Got Guitar Amps On Stage? You Can Control Them!
Guitar amps, on the stage, can be a burden for the sound tech. They can be too loud and even blast out the people who are in front of the guitar's amplifier. You can take control of these stage amps and still meet the needs of the musician. Getting a handle on stage amps isn't too hard as ... Read More