If there’s one technology component that your church needs to take its time and focus to decide on, it is the question of what audio mixing console should be used.
This decision can make the difference between ok sound and great sound, and it will definitely make a difference in the confidence (and even the size) of your sound team.
The main sound system controller at your church goes by many names: soundboard, audio desk, mixing console, mixer, etc. They all refer to the same thing.
Selecting the right soundboard for your church might be the biggest audio decision you make. After all, it’s hard to mix good sound without a good soundboard.
At some point in our time as a church sound tech, we’ll probably be asked to teach someone “everything we know about church sound.” That can feel incredibly intimidating!
There’s nothing quite like learning how to use a new piece of gear or practicing a new technique, and then having to train someone else on your team how to be proficient with it.
The great thing about this is that it forces you to truly grasp the fundamental concepts of what you’re doing and why.
In order to teach something effectively, you need to distill the complex variables of your task into manageable concepts that your student can comprehend and then put into practice.
I know it’s easy to be dazzled by the latest piece of...
If your church has been thinking about purchasing or upgrading a sound, video, or lighting system, then you likely have a few questions.
How do you get the best deal for your next tech upgrade at church?
How do you know if a contractor is giving you a fair price?
How do you decide if one proposal is the right solution or if you should select another bid (even if it might be a little higher)?
When is it good to buy equipment online or from a music store, and when should you get a contractor involved?
These are important questions.
The answer to these questions can make your project go super smooth, or it could be a disaster that ends up over budget and still doesn’t fully meet your needs.
Disclaimer: I’ve been a Sound Tech,...
Portable sound systems are used by a lot of churches.
Sometimes the entire sound system is portable. Or maybe there is a portable system available for special events like outdoor services or kids camps.
Selecting the right components for a portable sound system depends on several important variables. Choosing the right options can mean owning a system that sounds great and lasts for years. Spending money on the wrong products can be costly in time and money.
Here are some tips that can help you prioritize the right portable sound system components for your needs. (And it's not all about speakers and mixing consoles...)
This is all about the size, shape, weight, and portability of the sound system.
A portable sound...
When it comes to church sound systems, there can be a lot of noise made about "saving money" and using "church talent" to design and install a new sound system.
Sometimes I gently respond to these questions and give a "soft pitch" for why a church may want to consider calling a reputable audio contractor or two.
I have one word for you...
Listen, I know there can be some amazingly talented and knowledgeable folks at your church. But ask this one question:
"Do they design and install professional-grade sound systems every day?"
Your electronics mega-retailer tech does not.
The live sound salesman at the music store does not.
And neither does the technical director at the mega church across town.
Ok, before you string me...