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.

Steve Brown explains why you should take great in maintaining the instrument you use for worship:

One of the things that I usually do before accompanying worship is to polish my guitar. I do this for several reasons…

Lauren Campbell shows you a slideshow of six microphones that are appropriate for different applications in worship:

Whether you’re a church leader or musician, you want to make sure your audience hears your message.

The audibility of your message depends on what microphone you use.

Check out the slideshow to see some favorites.

Remember that primer on amp modeling from a few weeks ago? Here’s the followup:

Plugging straight into the front end of your amp is likely to degrade your tone. This is because the modeler is acting as a preamp. When it is plugged into the front of your amp, it is going through your amp’s preamp as well. Therefore, it is best to bypass your amp’s preamp by plugging it into the effects return. But often times, this means that your amp’s master volume will no longer work…

Chris Huff on the challenges of providing a low-volume mix that still works:

This weekend, we did communion a different way. Instead of passing the plates, we had communion stations around the room so people could group up after getting the elements and then taking communion together. (Isn’t this supposed to be about volume? – Yes, stick with me.)

The problem was the congregation would be doing this WHILE the worship band was playing AND the volume needed to be low enough that people circled up could clearly hear each other.

David Jordan lists three things you can do to help your tech team (which helps you in turn):

The entire pastoral, tech & worship staff & volunteers should always be on the same page on the things that will be going on for each service. There are key things that need to happen to keep everyone on the same page, so the focus can be on worshiping God. I will start off by saying that, being part of a tech team can be frustrating at times, and can be a thankless job (ministry). The Tech team is only noticed when things go wrong. That is one reason why it is frustrating at times. And this can be reduced greatly, by communicating with one another the needs of each department / ministry to keep things running smooth.

Follow these three simple steps to make this happen…

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