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.

Jason Whitehorn shares a very practical “cheat sheet” for running sound:

Whether your sound guy is volunteer or paid – good training can make night and day difference. I’ve worked with church FOH techs who have also mixed the Grammys, FOH techs who have mixed for touring artists, and FOH techs who just happened to be a warm body on a Sunday when no one else was available and someone at the church said “hey…can you sit here?” They truth is…with training – they can all have the same potential.

So let’s dive in and give it to them…

Chris Gill says that church techs need to learn from the pros, but maybe not in the way you expect:

One of the first questions I ask church worship techs is, have they ever been to a concert, professional musical, theater performance, or any other event with high production value. Surprisingly, more than half say no. So this begs the questions: What are we comparing our work against to gain perspective? How do we know if our practices and habits are correct? Where are we getting inspiration and ideas for improvement? For me, there’s no better place to look than the professionals. That being said, let’s be realistic. Your church probably doesn’t have $200K worth of sound equipment, state of the art lighting, and 4K video projection. But here’s the ugly truth that we, as worship techs, don’t like to hear… we don’t have to have those thing to give our best. In fact, the tricks I’ve learned over the years that allow me to walk into any situation, stem from working with dated, crusty, and just plain bad equipment. Whether your church audio, video, lighting system is 20 years old, or state of the art, there are a few principals we can all apply to our mindset of church technical ministry.

Duke DeJong explains why the tech team should also be considered worship leaders:

As I meet with churches, I often make the case that technical artists have just as much influence over the atmosphere of a worship service as anyone else in the church. Traditionally, musical worship leaders have been the main curator of the worship environment, but I think the day has come where the environment receives more impact from the techs than it does the music. I’m not saying one is more important than the other, but we’ve grown accustomed to calling the musicians and singers the worship leaders without including those who serve in the roles of tech…

Andy Swanson lists five reasons that you might not want to jump to a digital mixer just yet:

If you are in the market for a new mixer, chances are pretty good that it will be a digital mixer. Digital consoles have a lot to offer and can solve a number of problems that we run into in church sound. The price of entry level digital boards is extremely low, and high end consoles provide a dizzying number of options…

If you’re a small organization or rely on a lot of volunteers, analog mixers may still be the best bet. Consider the following before deciding to recycle that analog mixer…

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