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.

David Stagl explains why the numbers involved in your mix don’t really matter to your ears:

I had no intention of hitting on this this week, but it’s fresh on my mind after a few conversations I had. I might have written about this somewhat in the past, but I think it bears repeating. Today I want to talk about why I don’t talk much in numbers anymore when it comes to engineer-speak.

Gary Zandstra lists three things that every tech director wants from the worship leader:

Before we dive in let me state that just as a worship leader expects the sound person to know the gear. The sound person expects that the worship leader has talent and knows how to bring a team of quality musicians together.

So with the expectations out of the way, what is it that a sound person REALLY wants from a worship leader?

Matt McQueen shares the ins and outs of mixing and miking the electric guitar:

In many churches today, the electric guitar has become a staple of modern worship music. I can remember a time when I was leading worship and I searched for over 2 years to find an electric guitarist. Today it seems many of the new songs being written even lend themselves to more interesting electric guitar parts and a wider variety of tones. If you are using electric guitars on a regular basis in your church, then it is important to properly mic and mix the guitarist’s amp. Also, I realize that there is a lot of digital technology out there to keep from having to use a live amp on stage, but this article will focus just on using a traditional electric guitar setup with a guitar, pedals and an amp. This article isn’t a be all, end all guide, but it will help you gain a basic understanding of how to mic and mix electric guitars for live worship music.

Lee Varian explains how and why running the tech during the service is an act of worship in itself:

Just as a true worship leader must first be a worshiper, the first calling of a tech must also be as a worshiper. It can be easy for highly skilled techs to throw themselves into the operation of their camera or console and become consumed with the techniques and challenges that present themselves. It’s our thing; it’s what we do, what we were made to do. And it certainly does take a large amount of focus.

But we are called first to worship. How can we do both?

James Wasem lists four things you need to know to get decent sound without breaking the bank:

“Church tech on a budget.” Is that an oxymoron?

It doesn’t have to be!

Having great sound at your church doesn’t have to be a luxury reserved for large building budgets and a tech department with deep pockets. Even if your church has an older sound system, there are likely some budget-friendly ways you can enhance the quality of your sound.

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