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.

Tim Ottley explains why handling the lighting is just as much as a creative endeavor as a technical one:

Though my role is “Lighting Director,” I feel my job is more that of a painter than an engineer. More than anything, I feel it’s my duty to paint a compelling story of our liturgy, our worship expressions, and our sermon content. My job is to create an engaging mood that enhances the overall meaning of the service. As such, more than just lighting must be considered.

Calvin Roy shares five things you can do to get a better mix:

Audio engineers new and old are always looking for ways to improve their mixes. Sometimes the simplest improvements come from working with other engineers and seeing how someone else approaches the same job. Here are 5 quick tips that I have found to be useful when mixing bands.

Matthew Fridg lists some ideas for using tech to enhance your Christmas services:

Christmastime in ministry world can be stressful. Sometimes we can wonder why we put up with all the long hours and crazy demands. But, this time of year can also afford us a chance to break out of the mold and do something a little different. You may decide to stretch your creative wings with video. If so, why not try to create something with enchantment (are we allowed to do that in church)?

Mike Sessler reminds us that tech and media problems usually end up being something simple:

These system can also be challenging to troubleshoot. And with everything now in IT switches, it’s easy to assume that any problem you have is IP related. However, sometimes, it’s something far more simple—and frustrating. Here are few examples of things I ran into that turned out to be a lot simpler than we originally thought.

Davd Stagl explains why it’s probably not your gear when something sounds “funny”:

I want to address a common question I see. I get this question a bunch, and I see it pop up on forums all over the place. It usually goes something like this, “I have these [insert standard or expensive-boutique mic], but everything sounds strange. I think I need to get a new mic so what are you guys using?”

So, I have two things to say on this.

First, the microphone probably isn’t the issue. In fact, equipment is rarely responsible for things that sound funny. Improper use of equipment, on the other hand, can often be the problem when things sound funny.

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