Q: What’s the difference between God and a sound guy? Read more
If you’ve worked with us in the last several months, you know that we love the SI impact, made by Soundcraft. In this review, we’ll talk about why we love it and what we wished it could do better.
In a previous blog post, we talked about how sound works, and what sound is. However, in order for us to be able to adjust sound levels, apply effects loops, and amplify the signal we need to be able to convert sound waves into electrical energy. Understanding how this works is not essential to being able to use a sound system effectively, but it provides a helpful context to what we do. Read more
Q: How can you tell the Sound Guy’s kid at the playground?
A: They are the one sitting off to the side watching everyone else have fun.
A compressor does exactly what its name implies; it compresses the loud parts of your audio signal, making the difference between the highs and lows in your signal smaller. Here are the basic controls of compression and what they do: Read more
In several of the blogs we’ve posted so far we’ve talked about troubleshooting and getting the most out of gear. Along with the research that you’re already doing, we offer Read more
Even though many of us work with audio mixing and amplification on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, it is easy to forget exactly what sound is and how it works. We often take for granted that a human voice goes into a microphone, through a bunch of wires, and comes out of a speaker (hopefully intelligibly!).
But in order to understand what’s happening, we first need to understand what sound is… So what is sound? When someone is speaking, what are we hearing? Read more
In part one, I talked briefly about the great divide between church music teams and the AV team, and talked about some simple things that can lessen the divide. However, sometimes there are situations that require special attention or more diplomatic methods of intervention. Read more
As someone who has led worship and run the AV system at several different churches, events, and venues, and now as someone who helps install AV systems across Hamilton and the GTA, I have come across a lot of different attitudes towards worship teams. Although many places have audio technicians with good relationships with their music teams, other places seem to have this great divide between audio technicians and the worship teams. I have seen this divide Read more
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of using new equipment for the first time. However, this joyous occasion can often be dampened by unexpected setbacks, real or perceived set-up problems, and strange sounds that weren’t there when it was last tested. These problems pop up seemingly randomly, and while there are no solutions that are going to solve every problem, there’s a few things that will help you to maximize your ability to manage and use your new equipment. Read more