Worship Tech Roundup

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.

Judah Thomas lists five characteristics of a tech director who invests his or her team:

The first thing to understand is what it means to equip someone. It is not simply just teaching someone to do something. It means that you come alongside of them and give them the tools and training that gives them the best chance of success.

So, here are some ways that you can actually equip those volunteers that God brings into our area of ministry.

As a diehard Cicada fan, I was curious to read Joel Klampert’s review of the AirTurn PED:

A few months ago Airturn shipped me the new PED bluetooth pedal to review. I wrote them in return thanking them and saying “good luck convincing me to put away my pageflip Cicada” which I love so much. The package arrived and I opened it with heated expectation.

My wife plays bass, so I’m always looking for nifty bass gear that she can use. Kade Young describes a new bass direct box that looks pretty cool:

Our bass amp has an XLR out, but we struggled with two things: a buzz we could not get rid of without completely cutting the highs and inconsistency at the sound board when the bass player would turn the amp up and down. Running the bass through a normal direct box just doesn’t sound quite right. I had heard of the SansAmp Bass Drive DI, decided to give it a shot…

Andy Swanson explains how to achieve a good personal mix:

Personal monitor mixing is at the same time a fantastic tool and a frustrating one. For the tech, it’s great because they don’t have to spend so much time trying to make everyone hear themselves over everyone else. Performers get the benefit of hearing as much of “me” as they want. Mixing personal monitors may not take a technical degree, but its a bit more involved than adjusting the balance on your car stereo. Making a great personal mix is about ensuring you can hear everything you need to perform your best. This is one of those places that the old “less is more” adage is true.

Mike Sessler reminds us why the systems we build ultimately aren’t for us:

I had a bit of a revelation this past weekend. This doesn’t happen often, but the Lord showed me something on Mother’s Day that has freed me up from something that has been bugging me for a while now. My wife and I decided to go back to my former church for Mother’s Day. We hadn’t been back since Christmas Eve, and we figured with just a few weeks left in CA, it would be a good chance to connect with some friends again.

Now, I’ve had a bit of a hard time going back because of the many changes that have taken place since I left. I spent nearly five years there, and also made a bunch of changes. In fact, I changed pretty much everything of a technical nature. There is almost nothing there today that was there six years ago when I arrived.

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