Author: jordan

Audio 102: Sound Transducers

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

Audio 101: What is Sound?

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

The Great Divide – Part One

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

Getting the Most out of (New) Gear

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