It’s “back to school” season again – and that means getting back into the routines that will take us into the holidays, a new year, and through the spring.
Wow, that’s actually a lot to consider all at once!
But here’s the great thing about routines: If you establish the right system and habits, all of those “big events” that happen throughout the year become much more manageable.
Having a few important tools on hand can also be a big help in streamlining your routine and keeping everyone prepared to deliver great sound each and every week.
Here are some tools to consider for your church sound team library to help prepare you for the season ahead...
Gaffer’s tape – because you just never know…
Cable tester – super important for keeping your sanity (this one works with data cables too)
SPL meter – helps keep your team in the know when it comes to volume
Velcro ties – a little organization can save a lot of time
Flashlight (with red LED) – great for troubleshooting and special production needs
This app is packed full of helpful audio tools for sound techs and installers alike. The average volunteer might not use all the tools, but they are educational and fun to explore.
Church Sound Guide
This app contains loads of tips and tricks for improving your sound, and it includes a few tools like a practice mixer, RTA, dB meter, and EQ chart.
This app helps you train your ears to identify frequencies and become better at EQing your mix.
This simple app provides all you need to measure the basic volume level wherever you are. No complicated display, easy to read, and free to install.
Great Church Sound – 2nd Edition by James Wasem
The updated 2nd edition provides the perfect framework for any volunteer or tech team needing to increase and refine their skills. The book offers a step-by-step guide to training a tech in everything from placing mics and setting gain, to planning a system upgrade and training a team – and lots in between.
Sound In The Gospel by Dave Wright
This book is an excellent resource for team leaders and those who might be struggling with burnout. There are great tips for the audio rookie too. (Check out my full review of the book here.)
Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones
If you want the “bible of audio”, then grab yourself a copy of this masterpiece. This tome will guide you on a deep dive into the history, theory, and application of sound. Although I wouldn’t use it for training a rooking sound tech, it is a great resource for those hard to answer questions about sound.
Some of the most effective training tools for operating the sound system are mixing console tutorial videos. Here are some of my top picks.
Allen & Heath SQ series console tutorial
Presonus Studio Live series console tutorial by Bill Edstrom
X32 Mastery training course by Kade Young
Yamaha TF series training by Yamaha
There are several other training videos for more mixing consoles linked here on the Great Church Sound website.