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.

Jason Whitehorn on the differences between reality and perception when it comes to sound levels:

The almighty dB meter can only take you so far. Perception has tons more to do with it. What is louder? An electric guitar at 100 dB or a church organ at 105 dB? To be honest – I know many older congregants that will readily tell you that the lower dB-ed guitar is the louder of the two. That, my friend, is perception. Which one is louder: a song that is heaver on the mids or heavier on the low-end? I can tell you that the song heavier on the mids is going to sound louder – but an SPL meter will read a much different story and give the victory to the low-end song.

Adam Dolhanyk discusses the true price (and value) of guitar pedals:

This isn’t really a post about worship music, but the topic of how much a pedal or piece of music gear really costs to make comes every so often on guitar forums and blogs, even ones for worship guitarists, and it annoys me, and it’s my blog, so I’m gonna right about it, and I’m going to use as many run-on sentences as I want… My goal is besides getting my pet peeves off my chest is to dispel myths and misconceptions to give folks a realistic view of how much it really costs to produce the gear we love.

Dennis Cook shares some thoughts about the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to church audio:

Sound: Less is more. I am no sound expert. Period. Many of you reading this blog are more experienced and trained with running/mixing sound than I. But, there are some basic tools that we all need to be reminded of…

Stephen Proctor reminds us that sometimes we just need silence to hear God:

Instead of putting on a good show with a lot of colorful eye candy, we want to create a space that slows you down, causes you to be still, and engages the wonder of your imagination. Because through art & story, the Spirit speaks. And many times, He speaks in a whisper. A whisper that can only be heard in the silence.

Paul Alan Clifford provides some basic information on getting started with live church streaming:

Live streaming is one of those areas where people want to do it, but don’t quite know where to begin. It wasn’t all that long ago that I was in the same boat, but now that I stream live church tech training 5 days a week… I’m starting to get a handle on it. Last time on ChurchTechToday, I talked about streaming for almost nothing, but one of the commenters asked for a more concrete description of the bare minimum set up that I recommend.

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