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.

Chris Huff clarifies whether you need to be a control freak to be an audio engineer:

Does an audio engineer have to be a control freak? Answer yes and you’re wrong. Answer no and you’re also wrong. Let’s explore.

There are two extreme views of how an audio engineer should operate…

Kade Young teaches you the basics of mixing vocals:

Mixing vocals is an art. I have been in many services where you can hardly hear the lead vocal and others where the lead and background vocals are overwhelming the entire mix. So, I have put together this short guide to help you navigate the troubled waters.

Andy Swanson shares some tips to help volunteers manage their personal monitors:

Most of our churches run on the sweat of volunteers. It’s an amazing thing, really. People give their time and energy to help a vision unfold. And often, it’s their serving that adds layers of busy-ness to their lives.

When we add a new technology, like personal monitoring, or wireless in-ears, we have to think about how that gets perceived by volunteers. Our team members will have a wide swath of tech experience ranging from the one who used to be a studio engineer to the one who calls for help to turn on a PC (of course, if it were a Mac, they would know).

Michael Morris posted a very informative review of FaithLife’s Proclaim worship presentation software:

Over the years, I have used most of the Church Presentation Software programs. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but they all help churches communicate more effectively using video screens. I have spent the last few days trying out the latest version of Proclaim, the Church Presentation Software by FaithLife. It’s an interesting program, and I think it would work well for some churches, although it’s not for everyone. The new sermon audio feature is also interesting and worth a look. It’s something that no other program is currently doing.

Here are a few of the features that really stood out…

Matthew Groves reflects on how techs can reclaim some of the joy in their ministry:

When living something day-in and day-out, it can begin to lose its luster, frustrations can sit in, and perspective can very easily be lost. You forget the reasons you’re there and begin to see the negative in everything, which causes you to immediately default all emotions and reactions to the negative.

As production directors, we are naturally cynics. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know this to be true. Sometimes we have to be. Our jobs require us to stay ten steps ahead of any situation, always learn from our experiences, and question everything, which often forces us to see the negative. But unfortunately, this can taint our outlook on our jobs, our goals, and our lives.

Think back to when you first started working in this field…

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