Chances are, you can find some helpful advice from someone who has "been there, done that".
And as part of theme, we had a little discussion on the Great Church Sound Techs Facebook group.
Here's a quick list of some of the great insights and suggestions from fellow sound techs:
- Check your mute button!
- Check the power and make sure your devices are on!
- Make sure all cables are plugged in securely
- Test the signal flow and routing for each channel
- Double check matrix routing assignments on digital consoles
- Place mics in the right spot (remember: Garbage In, Garbage Out)
- Use the channel EQ to increase quality and intelligibility
- Zero out the board between mixing session or start with a new scene
- Pay attention to what is happening on the platform and be alert
There is a lot of wisdom (and likely some painful or embarrassing experiences) behind each of these suggestions!
While each sound system and room is different, we can all practice the fundamentals of proper mic placement, paying attention to audio signal flow, and use good mixing techniques.
And it is important to always be prepared. Having a quick checklist based on some of the tips listed above is a great way to start, then customize it to your specific needs.
Have a few more tips not mentioned above? Feel free to add your thoughts to the list here.