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
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
A programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread, If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
The programmer comes back with 12 loaves of bread.
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
Why does the sound guy only ever count to 2?
At 4 the drummer starts in.
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
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 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
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