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Who should you ask to be part of the sound crew at your Church.

As someone who has been a A/V volunteer at my Church for almost 20 years now, I am always asked by Churches what to look for in getting someone to do sound for a Church. And while that might seem to be a simple question, it is really not.

So let me see if I can shed some light on what I think are the 3 most important qualities to look for in a volunteer sound person for your Church. Read more

“Only Push This Button…….. Never Touch Anything Else !!!!”

In our visits to churches we see a wide variety of sound systems, and often they are many years old and overgrown with labels and signs and warnings. Systems often have labels or barriers on certain controls suggesting that no one should touch them, as doing so might alter the natural order of all things sound. While I understand the motive in not wanting someone to mess up settings and levels that were established at some point in time in the past, I think there also becomes a fear over time that someone might do something wrong that cannot be fixed. However, this isn’t the way that things should ultimately be. Read more

Volunteers – Wash, Rinse, Repeat !!!

In our role as AV consultants and integrators for Churches across Southern Ontario we are constantly being introduced to creative ways in which the various Churches we come in contact with operate their ministries.  And without singling one Church out specifically, I wanted to share with you an idea I came across a few months ago.

One thing that is consistent among many of the Churches we visit is the need to engage members of our congregations to participate in helping with activities, tasks, programs, charities and events that inevitably require individuals to volunteer their time to help with.  And while there are a great number of dedicated volunteers doing great work in our Churches, Read more

Audio 204 – CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP (4/4)

CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
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AMPLIFIER ISOLATION BOXES

The final culprits in sound sources which can drift out of the direct control of the sound tech are guitar amplifiers.  Traditionally electric guitar players have their amplifiers on stage next to them, and we mic those amplifiers in such a way that allows us to boost or cut the level of the electric guitar as needed. Read more

Audio 203 – CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP (3 of 4)

CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
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DRUM SHIELDS

As far as loud audio sources that are concerned, the overall level of your drum kit is traditionally a large factor in how loud/quiet your overall house level gets set at.  That is because your drum kit is usually the anchor of the band, as well as your overall mix. Read more

Audio 202 – CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP (2 of 4)

CONTROLLING STAGE VOLUME FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP
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IN-EAR-MONITORS

jbl_vrx915m_15___500a3841044e1_4_0d2db5af-8a39-4733-84b2-7a1013e517b1While you may not think of it as an audio source, if you are using traditional stage monitors for your performers to be able to hear what they are doing, stage monitors do indeed contribute to the overall volume of your worship space.  And while you do have control over the volume (and mix) of the stage monitors, you probably find that the level of your house mix will always need to be louder than it would need to be without the monitors turned on. Read more