Worship Tech Roundup

As usual, this week I’ve come across a ton of great posts about the technical aspects of worship ministry. I didn’t have time to put each one into its own post, but I wanted to share them with you.

So here’s a collection of tech-related worship posts. Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Kenny Lamm on the growing trend of environmental projection:

There is no easier, more effective way to change the mood of a room than with lighting. (Check out last week’s post on Church Stage Design Ideas and the post on church lighting.) Typically, to accomplish a great “environment” in a room required a fairly extensive lighting system, but a new trend in the worship market has put this goal within reach of many churches and ministries. The trend is Environmental Projection.

Jared Taylor posits some thoughts on the medium versus the message:

If technology is just a tool, shouldn’t we have the best tools possible? And we own lots of these tools already, so why don’t we use them “to their full extent”? I’d like to challenge the notion that technology is “just a tool”. It is a tool, yes, but I believe it’s much more than that. It is a form of communication – a medium. This brings to mind Marshall McLuhan’s famous expression, “the medium is the message.”

Chris Huff is graciously offering a free guide to mixing vocals:

My keyboard was about to fall apart but it made it through! After many hours of work, review, planning, reading, and questioning my sanity, it’s done. The 10,951 word FREE guide to mixing vocals is finished! This guide breaks down vocal mixing into eight areas.

Len Wilson on branding, design, and visual arts in worship:

Ideally, artistic imagery, as I described in the previous post, awakens our senses by making us see things in new ways. It asks questions. Good blobs can be really pretty and sometimes there’s an amazing random connection wow moment that happens when they are juxtaposed with lyrics. But I’ve always wanted a bit more than a random wow connection.

Jon Skaggs helps you decide between electric drums and acoustic drums:

Let’s start by asking what kind of church sanctuary you have before you buy your church’s first drum kit. There are many shapes, sizes and floor surfaces of church sanctuaries that I’ve played in over the years that require the appropriate types of drums and cymbals to keep your sound guy happy. You have to be honest with yourself and ask “do I just want to rock out?” or “do I want to buy the right drums that would be the most beneficial for church worship?” Would the age of your congregation, design of your sanctuary, size of your soundboard and size of your church benefit more from real drums or electric drums?

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