“That’s the best worship service we’ve ever had! Thanks so much for your help,” the pastor says to you. Aren’t those the words you’d like to hear? You have huge demands and responsibilities when working behind the mixer. Believe me, I get it.
When I started in church audio, I had zero training and all of the responsibility. Oh, I also had a voice in my head screaming, “don’t mess up!” Imagine standing behind the mixer today. Now take away the stress. Remove any uncertainty about volume levels or how to mix the band. Imagine the house mix is set right. Imagine the musicians are happy. Imagine the congregation is fully engaged in worship.
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Finally, imagine the pastor’s thrilled to know YOU are behind the mixer. • Discover the road map to navigate through the detailed work of church audio. This guide walks you through every step of church audio production, from before you walk in the door to when you leave. • Learn how to produce a church service that keeps all eyes focused upfront and avoiding amateur mistakes.
Stop worrying about making mistakes that disrupt a church service. • Quickly learn technical concepts without being bored to death. For example, you’ll learn the five characteristics of a microphone and how they contribute to feedback reduction, a better sounding instrument or vocal, and a better music mix. • Find out the steps for creating a good music mix week-after-week. Use this repeatable process to tackle the biggest (or smallest) worship bands. The guide also covers mixing the spoken word – get the pastor’s voice sounding great.
• Meet the needs of the pastor, worship leader, and the congregation before anyone has a chance to complain. You’ll build trust, create a happier work environment, and discover the nuances of working in a church production environment • Learn the crucial work that occurs outside of the sound booth. This enables you to create a high-quality professional-level audio production. When I started running sound at my church, I didn't have a teacher. I was 'the tech team.'
I was on my own and my only resource was an old technical manual that left me with more questions than answers. I tried my best but I was always stressed out, never sure about what I was doing, and I might have even made it on the church's weekly prayer list - no joke. I learned the wrong way to do things. I learned the LONG way of doing things.
What now takes me seconds used to take me minutes. And my music mixes were, well, let's just say that was a long time ago. But today, I don't stress about the next service. I don't wonder about what I should do.
And best of all, when problems come up during the service, rare they are, I know how to handle them. Through years of professional training, self-education, and a world of experience, I'm confident in my ability and I want you to have that same confidence. That's why I poured a lot of my knowledge into this guide so you can learn the fundamentals of audio production, from stage work to mix work, and even the necessary areas of communication. I want you to be successful!
• Each chapter, in this 36-Chapter ebook, details exactly what you need to know, why you need to know it, and how you can apply it. You'll develop confidence in every area of audio production.
• A step-by-step guide where I walk you through setting up the stage, working in the sound booth, and the entire mixing process. • Pictures and audio samples. For example, you'll hear how the microphone location can create phase problems with drums, resulting in a flat-sounding snare. • Chapter assignments to apply the chapter's content to your unique situation. And chapter quizzes for re-enforcing the material – this does work! • One of the most important discoveries since the beginning of timeall of the unspoken audio production needs and expectations of everyone within the church walls. Find out how to create an amazing worship environment while having the support of the worship leader, the musicians, and the pastor.
• The ability to say 'yes, I know what all those knobs do. Downlode Mozila on this page. ' I appreciate you taking the time to so thoroughly compile a manual tailored for church audio ministry. I read it in its entirety within the first 3 or 4 days while on vacation.
I love how, in the beginning, you covered the purpose of the church sound engineer and how they relate to the pastor, worship leader (team) and congregation. I personally appreciated section on the science of sound, ear fatigue and the importance of a second set of ears.
I do believe that your guidelines for where and how to place instruments and vocalists in the mix will be of most benefit to our sound guys. And of course, who couldn't benefit from the section on feedback. Thanks again! After just some preliminary digging into Audio Essentials, I could have cried.
I have been working in the sound booth in my church for close to three years, but I have never really had any in-depth training. I've tried to learn more in what books I could find and I've read lots of articles online (including articles on Behind the Mixer), but these were all so far beyond my basic level of understanding. I was missing the 'Essentials'! I have never been satisfied with running a worship service by the seat of my pants. I am really so excited and grateful to have this opportunity to master the technical side of the sound system in my church, so I can give God my creative best.
I am finding answers to questions I have wondered about for some time now. As a bonus, my oldest son has been visiting with us. He is an audio pro (studio)/song writer/producer.
Information I am picking up from your book has led to several great conversations with him. He seems to appreciate my interest and is impressed with my new-found knowledge regarding mics, phasing, and mixing. Whereas before I was a bit intimidated by the thought of getting behind the sound board at church, now I am looking forward to my next opportunity to do so. Ever feel like you’re not sure what to do next? You’re so close to getting everything right but just miss the mark.
Those days are over. I walk you through each step of live church audio production, from microphone selection to the sound check process to active mixing during the service. A common question new church techs ask is, 'how loud should it be?' There is no single right answer for every church - but there's a right answer for your congregation and you'll learn how to find it.
Don't worry, you won't get page-after-page of technical mumbo jumbo that leaves you feeling lost. I cut my teeth on such books and it's a wonder I didn't give up. Yes, technical details are included but I make them easy to understand and apply.
For example, you'll learn the various microphone properties, from polar pattern to frequency response, and how a simple microphone change can stop annoying feedback. You’ll learn the scientific reason why musicians often ask for their monitor to be louder and what to do about it. • Learn the process for running a sound check so musicians are happy and there’s plenty of time for creating a good mix. • Learn the step-by-step process to sculpt a good sounding mix.
Chapters are packed with details on instrument and vocal EQing and how to properly use effects. It even includes a trick to make sure musicians sit right in the mix. • Discover how active mixing during the service makes the difference between a good mix and a great one. • Learn the tricks to make the pastor (the spoken voice) sound good.
Have a pastor's who is hard to understand? You can change that.