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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.

Jared Taylor on easing the transition to using in-ear monitors:

Over the next six months we will be switching all our sites to in-ear monitors. We made the move at our Production Site a number of years ago and we haven’t looked back. The clean looking stage and the clean sound both for the crowd and the band have been fantastic. But the transition is not always easy. In-ears take some getting used to. This is especially true for vocalists who will hear their voice in a whole different way, and often for more experienced musicians who have grown accustomed to performing with stage monitors… I have some ideas for easing the transition and getting the most out your monitors.

Kaleb Wilcox on stress, church techs, the buddy system, and monkeys:

The reality of our role is that the stress is never going to go away. No matter how much we refine processes, develop volunteers, and build into relationships, there will be stress. And that’s ok. How we manage our stress defines our success. So, when you are confronted with a string of stressful situations, who is it that you can go to and share your about battles? Who is it that you can go to and share about your triumphs? Who is your monkey buddy?

Kendall Conner shares some inexpensive ways to bring a big church stage design to life:

We’ve all seen them. The sets and stages at larger churches with bigger budgets that make your mouth drop. You get super excited about creating something similar on your stage, only to find out that the design you’re trying to recreate costs more than your entire annual production budget. It’s easy to give up any hope of having an amazing stage design when you have a small budget. But, with the right materials and a little creativity, you can make a stellar stage design without breaking the bank.

Eric Dye on YouTube, video thumbnails, and that face you don’t remember making

Whenever you have successfully uploaded a video to YouTube or Vimeo, make sure you check your video thumbnail. If you don’t know what the “video thumbnail” is, count your lucky stars that you haven’t received an email asking about “the weird picture of me on the Youtubes.” Before I fully explain what a video thumbnail is and bore the more advanced segment of Church tech, let me first present you with an example of why checking the default video thumbnail is important.

Bobbly Kittleberger discusses the need for guitar players to learn and understand how melody works:

Guitar players don’t often use this kind of language. We don’t really learn to create melody, harmony or an emotion. That’s not in the conventional guitar-player’s job description. Guitar students are taught mechanics, technique, tone and a number of topical items that quickly become tools in their hands. Yet many students don’t know what to do with those tools, how to use them or where they’re supposed to lead. Melody is one of those destinations, a place that a good grasp of the basics should take you.

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