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.

Kade Young explains the basics of when and how to use audio gating:

Audio gating allows you to suppress signal that is lower than a specified threshold while allowing everything over the threshold to pass through. If that went over your head, image standing in front of an actual gate and whispering, “Open, please”, but nothing happens. Then, you yell, “OPEN PLEASE”, and this time, the gate opens. The higher volume is what triggered the gate to open… First, let’s talk about when to NOT use gating…

Judah Thomas has some tips on getting your gear (and your heart) ready for the Easter service:

As a tech director this is the most important service of the year. Our churches will be welcoming many people who only attend only once or twice a year and it’s up to us to make sure that it all comes together smoothly. If there is ever a time to get it right, that time is now.

Just because you use your equipment every week don’t assume it won’t on fail Easter Sunday…

Chris Huff lists four ways that mixing music is a lot like taking good photographs:

I stole this idea from a photography class from Ming Thein. There are four fundamentals of photography that so closely resemble the requirements of a music mix, I couldn’t help but notice it.

James Wasem shares a collection of tips on managing your pastor’s microphone:

The best church sound systems in the world can suffer from one simple problem:

Bad audio from the pastor’s microphone.
What a travesty! If there is anything a church sound system is designed to do, it is to provide clear and accurate transmission of the spoken word. All other needs and priorities take a back seat to this one critical requirement.

We’ve probably all experienced this problem at some point.

What does it sound like?

First we need to discuss the simple yet important sound qualities we’re looking for when it comes to clear delivery of the spoken word.

For you worship leaders, Gary Zandstra explains what your tech team wants from you:

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?

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