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.
Most audio sources are naturally dynamic, especially when it comes to music… and that’s a good thing. But when mixing an entire band through a PA, the vocalist hitting a sudden loud note, the bassist slapping a string, the drummer giving a little extra thwack to a snare hit… all these things can be unpleasant for the audience and harmful to you PA over time. On the flip side, compression can also be used to make drums sound bigger and add punch to bass guitar.
What is compression? How does it help with dynamics and keep my mix in check? We’re going to take a look at all the basic controls of a compressor and visually look at how they affect the audio signal.
About 1-2 times per month, someone emails me and asks how they can get better at mixing. I ponder this on a regular basis. To be sure, it can be a challenge to figure out how to improve on something when you only get to do it once or twice a week. If you were a guitar player, you could practice shredding at home during the week. If you were a singer, you could sing often and work on technique. But mixing is tricky. Not many of us have a mixing console at home, and for those in smaller churches, it can be hard to get access to the equipment, especially if you’re a volunteer. What’s an aspiring FOH guy or gal to do? This won’t be the only thing to do, but one thing I strongly recommend is to listen to music. A lot.
We had indoor snow machines at Christmas. We had pyros in the worship and – among many other stunts – had goldfish swimming inside glass heads in water that glowed in the dark. And that was before we put a garden pond fountain into the baptismal pit and then lit it with a strobe… And it was all before the days of the internet, so you can’t even blame YouTube for putting the ideas in our heads.
But for years I’ve been wondering where it will all end up. We already have LED screens time-synced to the loops, in-ear monitors and video projection, click tracks and software programmes serving up full orchestral arrangements and loops to churches of 20. I mean, some churches have more gear than a music shop…
The Capo is an indispensable tool for anyone leading from a guitar, or playing guitar in a band. In this short video Jesse Duley introduces us to some of the ways you can use a Capo to make life easier for yourself.
When it comes to church audio, techs need audio production backup plans. “It will never happen” always turns into, “I can’t believe it happened.” They also need two other things which I cover at the end.