Week after week pastors around the world spend countless hours reading, studying, praying, and writing. They do it for the sake of the Gospel in hopes of speaking life changing truths to their congregations and any visitors that walk through their church doors. What they have to say is not only valuable, it’s vital. If you’re at church, you have the privilege of benefiting from the hard work that goes into preparing and delivering a sermon. But is one delivery enough?
The explosive growth of the multi site model for churches in America has created a whole new world for sound engineers. We have moved from acoustically designed, built from the ground up, sanctuaries to pre-existing buildings of many kinds that were never intended for live audio. My home church has two campuses that are both re-purposed warehouse spaces. I am lucky enough to get to speak into how our spaces are outfitted for sound and media, but even in our spaces you cannot eliminate all of the obstacles this kind of space presents.
Sound techs are at the mercy of the environment they serve in. If you find yourself in a space re-purposed for church and are often struggling to get a great sound I have good news for you! There are a few simple things you can do to maximize the mix.
If you’re a Mac user and listen to a lot music (or podcasts) on your Mac, you might have noticed that the audio, from the default speakers, can often be what you might call ‘lacking’.
They’re not only often lacking in quality (especially bass – they’re tiny speakers!) but also volume. Some podcasts often seem to have very low volume levels and you need to make very LOUD just to hear it (and then jump out of your seat when when a system sound happens!)
But there’s an amazing little app that can make your normal Mac speakers sound amazing and that really turns everything up to 11! [Read more…] about Boom 2 — Make your Mac Sound Amazing!
Before we talk about anything technical it’s important to note your motivations when working with this technology. We are here to support people, i.e. the people on stage and the people in the crowds. So much of that can get lost in what we’re doing. We can get so focused on the fact that we’re the sound guys, and forget that it’s about supporting everybody else.
It is about the people
I try and constantly maintain the attitude of “How can I help?”
Have you thought about starting a podcast for your church, ministry or even yourself?
On this episode of the ChurchMag Podcast, we each share a number of things that we have learned and mistakes that we’ve made publishing a podcast. For those of you that are already publishing a podcast, be sure to add your tips in the comment section at the end of the post.
Now, without further delay—and a short hiatus—the ChurchMag Podcast is back:
There are some audio techs out there that just don’t know when to leave the controls alone; they hear phantom sounds and frequencies that don’t really exist. I’m not sure what causes this but a good tech will know when the mix sounds great and will leave it alone until something changes and needs to be adjusted. It’s a subtle skill to master and not one that’s easy to teach because it’s all about your ears.