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.
If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely had someone walk up to you and say “Can you turn it down? It’s too loud.” If it’s one person (there’s one in every crowd…), we’ve come to expect that from them, and we usually apologize for their discomfort and say something along the lines of “Thanks for your feedback! I appreciate your input.” But what if there’s more than that? What happens when several people approach you, or worse, your senior pastor, and complain about the volume levels of worship? Of all the things this post will cover about perceptions and some science behind the relationship between the mix and overall volume, the singular most important thing that you can take away from this will be that you can NEVER please everyone. Ever. It’s impossible. But what steps can we take in order to be certain that the product we are delivering to our congregates is the best product possible?
I know I’ve written a bit about drum shields a few times in the past, but here’s a quick refresher on my feelings towards them. I don’t like what drum shields do to the sound of the drums, but I do like what drum shields do for the sound of vocals. We have a large stage with a good amount of space all around our kit, plus we’re running music at the low end of concert-level sound so we’re not facing the same types of volume issues I know come up in a lot of churches. The primary reason I use a drum shield is to attenuate the cymbals bleeding into vocal mics on stage. As a bonus, I think it also makes for a better audio experience in the first couple rows nearest the drums on stage.
During my 8+ years of piano lessons, I found some moments to be enjoyable and others not-so-much. Especially when my piano teacher would pull out that darn metronome. I thought musicians were supposed to be creative, go-with-the-flow type of people…and was convinced that this nagging click could in no way make me a better musician. I carried this same belief with me as I started to lead worship…
Several months ago, I was guest mixing at a church. The church was in a sermon series entitled “The One Thing I Could Teach You.” As I sat listening to the message, it struck me that it may be a good idea to broach that topic here. I began thinking about the hundreds (over 1,500 at last count) of posts I’ve written over the last eight years. I tried to think about how to distill that down to the one thing I would say to a TD, volunteer or staff. There are so many things to say, but I think I boiled it down to this…
Managing the audio and visual elements of a small church can be quite challenging. Most, if not all, of the team are usually volunteers, there isn’t a lot of feedback unless something is going wrong, and the team often experiences a lot of transition. Below, the Technology Director at Bethel Church shares how he creates and manages a thriving tech team and pulls from his experiences at smaller churches.