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.

Tinashe Nyamukapa on when it’s appropriate use backing tracks in worship:

In today’s modern worship environment technology is now highly affecting the way we worship. One such is the use of backing tracks.

So what is a backing track?A backing track is an audio or MIDI recording that musicians play or sing along to. Let’s look at some situations that warrant the use of backing tracks…

Anthony Cerullo lists six rules for good soundchecks (not just for worship teams, but I think it applies):

Getting to the venue means preparing for soundcheck, a ritual that all too many bands pass off as time to goof around before the show. If you’re serious about a career in music, you should know that a proper soundcheck is the essence of a good live performance. Take it just as seriously as you would the gig later that night. To make your life easier as well as the venue’s staff, there are a few unspoken rules to follow during the course of the soundcheck. Follow them, and your performance will only benefit.

Mike Sessler explains three easy ways to mess up your lyric slides – and how to fix them:

While I may be an audio guy at heart, I got my start in this business doing large-scale speaker support presentations for very large companies like Stouffer Foods and Nestlé USA. Those years of having to get text formatted correctly on screen—which back then meant getting it right on the 35mm slide—formed the basis for how I treat all lyric support to this day.

Perhaps because so few people are actually educated on this topic (yes, educated; it’s different from being “trained”), I see a lot of mistakes when it comes to laying out lyric slides. Today, I’m going to hit the top three I see all the time. Each is very simple to fix and requires almost no extra time to do correctly.

Josh Blankenship showcases five amazing – but super cheap – stage designs for your house of worship:

Designing stage environments is one of my favorite things to do. I love being able to totally transform our stage every series. I love being able to connect people with the message of Jesus by simply changing the look and feel of the environment.

If you follow this blog, you know the church I serve at is not exactly swimming in tons of money. My guess is that you are also working on a tight budget. The good news that it can be done. All of these designs cost me less than $50 to make. Hopefully you’ll be able to take these ideas and create your own!

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