Church AV

Tips for using Personal In-Ear Monitor/Mixes

While not a definitive list, here are some tips for performers who are new to using an Personal In-Ear monitor/mixer system for the first time:

Try to ensure the master volume is set as close to unity (or “0”) as possible:

If the master volume is down then the volume of individual channels in the personal monitor mix may need to be increased more than they should be and this will result in a distortion/discomfort.

More is not always better:

This lesson should be taught to all your performers (as well as to any new sound people you are training).  If a performer thinks they need to hear more of a particular sound (perhaps they need to hear more guitar in their mix), it is sometimes better to adjust the level of other things down, rather than to increase the level of what you cannot hear enough of. Read more

Moving to Personal Mixers

In my early years as a volunteer “Sound Guy” at my local Church I had the opportunity to mix sound for a wonderfully talented worship leader/pastor.  David had the ability to engage the congregation at a number of different spiritual levels, and at the same time he could play guitar and sing as well as anyone I have ever met.  However my challenge at the time was in mixing and maintaining an adequate monitor mix for David, as well as those who performed alongside of David in the worship band.

At the time we were limited to only two separate monitor feeds where we used Monitor 1 for the instrumentalists (drummer, bass, guitar, keyboard) to share.  Monitor 2 was for the vocalists, which included David, who also played lead acoustic guitar.  So the objective (as it is for any monitor mix) was to ensure the mix was a fair balance of what most everyone needed to hear, while ensuring that at the very least all the vocalists could hear themselves in the mix enough so they could keep in tune with each other. Read more

Digital Signage 102 – Considerations for your Church Community

Considerations for Churches Communities When Thinking About Digital Signage

It is clear that Digital Signage is a very flexible tool.  It can also be a very useful and powerful tool for your Church, and can be a simple or complex as you choose to make it.  However before you decide to take the leap there are a few things you should probably consider, understand and agree upon, before taking the leap into the world of Digital Signage for your Church:

What do you want to do with the Digital Signage?

While putting in Digital Signage is not an overly complicated endeavor initially, determining what you think you want to use it for is probably the bigger question initially. As knowing the scope and size and content you want to use the Digital Signage system for will determine the overall design and capabilities you will need to consider. Read more

Digital Signage 101 – What you can do with it?

As recent as a few years ago Digital Signage was still very early in it’s overall use and acceptance as a marketing tool, as an information portal, as a self-service resource, etc, etc, etc  ……..

Fast forward to today and most all of us have exposure to Digital Signage in variety of ways each and every day.  Examples of Digital Signage include:

  • New flashy menu boards at your favorite fast-food haunt, which show professional “mouth-watering” videos highlighting how good their new “bacon-wrapped, chipotle-flavored, cheese-stuffed double burger” looks. (Menus which coincidentally always seem change to the expensive menu items just before you find the value-menu item you came in for).

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“The Compliment” as a sound tool

In a Church environment you may come across instances where performers want to rely on the acoustics of the building to amplify a voice or an instrument, rather than have this natural sound amplified or modified in any way.  And while this naturally pure sound is indeed wonderful, you should still keep in mind the benefits of what amplification can bring in instances where the natural blend of multiple instruments are not as well balanced as one might hope for.  But how can you make this happen when it is needed if the performers might not want it? Read more

A Shared Monitor Mix – The Art Of Diplomacy

In my early years as a volunteer “Sound Guy” at my local Church I had the opportunity to mix sound for a wonderfully talented worship leader/pastor, Sam.  Sam had the ability to engage the congregation at a number of different spiritual levels, and at the same time he could also play guitar and sing as well as anyone I have ever met.  However my challenge at the time was in mixing and maintaining an adequate monitor mix for Sam, as well as those who performed alongside of Sam in the worship band, who shared the same monitor and monitor mix as Sam. Read more

THE BASICS: How to EQ a channel (a quick-start method for beginners).

I have mentioned before that more times than not we find volunteers at Churches intimidated by the sound board at their Church. While they might know the basics, most volunteers are too intimidated to do much and more than turning things on or off (at times being told outright not touch anything else).

Well I am here to tell you to let your volunteer sound people explore and learn.  I would refer you back to an earlier blog posting of mine “Only Push This Button…….. Never Touch Anything Else !!!!” for more thoughts on this point.

So in support of starting to understand I wanted to explain a very basic method for adjusting some of those mystery dials your soundboard, specifically the EQ (equalization) settings.

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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