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.

Matt McQueen shares three tips for mixing live drums (including some great info on mic placement):

Live acoustic drums can be one of the most difficult instruments to mix in a church setting. However, if you have an acoustic drum set in your church you want them to sound great. Easier said than done, right? If you have ever felt like your acoustic drum mix leaves something to be desired, here are 3 steps to help you improve the music that your congregation hears.

Jed Smith lists four reasons you and your team should consider learning the Nashville number system:

The Nashville Number System (NNS) is numbers applied to basic music theory for modern music. For those of you who are familiar with the Pareto Principle (more commonly called the 80/20 rule), it is the 20% of music theory that gets 80% of use in music we hear every day, whether it’s country, pop, rock, CCM, and especially contemporary worship music.

But the NNS is more than that. It’s a way of thinking about music that allows you to see the code behind the music. Learning the NNS is like programming your brain for music. Once you have done that, you can manipulate music as you wish.

Here are four advantages of learning the NNS…

Kendall Conner reveals his comprehensive checklist for creating sermon series artwork:

Designing graphic packs for sermon series is one of my favorite parts of creative ministry. I love being able to create a visual representation of what the pastor will be communicating in that season of the church. These graphics are not only used during the actual message on Sundays, but also during the week to promote these messages. Because there are so many elements needed for each series, I created this checklist for myself that I use whenever I sit down to design a new pack.

Adam Dolhanyk addresses the practicalities, specifics, and ethics of using effect pedals with your acoustic guitar (mostly kidding about the ethics part):

Why do you want to use an effect pedal with your acoustic guitar? If the reason is to create a certain effect that’s one thing. However, it’s been my experience that rather than trying to create a certain sound, most people looking to use effects pedals with their acoustic instrument are trying to create a better sound.

Now, this is an extremely important distention to note. If my goal is to create a specific sound or effect, then effects pedals are an obvious route to take. But if my goal is to get a better sound, and I’ve limited my search to effects pedals, then I may not be taking the best road to better tone, and I may not be on the right road at all…

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