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.

Chris Huff on the art of identifying mix problems at specific frequencies:

So there I was, hunkered down in the sound booth with the congregation rioting around me. Two instruments were vying for the same dominant frequencies and I could hear an elder yell, “MAKE THIS NIGHTMARE END!” Sweat was pouring down my face. “Think man, think,” I told myself. “You’ve trained for this very type of scenario.” My hand reached for the channel EQ. I moved the mid-range sweep knob to 1257 Hz. Suddenly, confident of my next move, I applied a 6 dB cut to that frequency…and the congregation went wild!

David Stagl has some thoughts and advice on EQing your mix:

Let’s talk EQ filters again. About a year ago I wrote a post about classic EQ’s and how wide those filters tend to be; for those who missed it, classic EQ filters are usually pretty wide. However, I have a feeling a lot of people missed that one because I still come across a lot of guys doing these spiky, little jabs all over the place with their EQ’s, and I don’t get it. OK, maybe I do get it. At some point someone said the general “rule” of EQ is to cut narrow and boost wide. The motivation behind the cut narrow part is to not remove any more than necessary from a sound, and I’ll agree with that. But shouldn’t that go without saying? Why would you ever want to do more than you need to with any sort of processing? My problem with that “rule” is that it doesn’t provide any context on what narrow means.

Leon Sievers has a rundown of eleven quick tech tips that are easy to forget:

Ninety percent of sound system problems involve simple solutions that you can perform, but most operators overlook.

Karl Verkade with some tips on keeping your guitar rig quiet:

Someone asked me via YouTube the other day about getting rid of unwanted noise from your rig. As I was typing the response, I thought ‘Oh cool! A practical gear post for the blog. Haven’t had one of those since I was swimming in delay pedals.’

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