Running Sound from Stage - How to Mix Church with No Sound Tech

Alright, team roll-call! Keyboard player? Check. Singer? Check. Bass player? Keyboard player’s got a left hand, he can take care of it. Sound tech? Sound tech?? What do you do if there's no sound tech? If you're on the worship team at a small church, you don't always have a sound tech....

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What's the difference between DCAs and Groups?

Did you ever wonder what a DCA does on your soundboard, and how is that different from a group or a bus? Well today, I may not be Clarissa, but I'm going to explain it all.

Hey! If you're new here, my name is James and I help worship leaders and sound techs help eliminate the mystery and...

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Using Multitracks in Your Worship Mix

"Uhh, when did we get a big band? And why don't I see them on stage?" Multitracks are a great way to beef up the worship team with extra players that you heard on the record but maybe you don't have the band to pull off that arrangement. Today let’s talk about the approach I use when...

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How to Convince Your Pastor to Spend Money on Sound Gear

It's a tough spot to be in. You're on the front line serving, solving problems. But there's something that you need, and it costs money. And money can be tricky to talk about at church. Today, we're going to put all the gear and purchasing decisions in perspective as we talk about why we gather...

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Do Direct Boxes Matter? What's a DI do?

Does a direct box really matter? What does a direct box even do? And does one make a difference over another one? Let's jump in and find out!

Hey! If you're new here, my name is James and I help worship leaders and sound techs help eliminate the mystery and frustration around sound at church.

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Mono vs. Stereo Sound System

Should you run your sound system in mono or in stereo? You want everyone to get the same mix, right? We'll go over the pros and cons of each, and even head into the Nerd Zone to find out what's really happening with multiple speakers in the same space.

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Crowd Mics for Live Streaming Audio

“Ugh, I feel like I'm singing in a tin can! My broadcast mix just isn't sounding like it matches the room!” Does this sound familiar? Yep? Then you need room mics.

Room mics, or crowd mics are critical if you're going to do in-ear monitors or broadcast mix. With everything closed mic...

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"It's All About the Low End"...What Does That Even Mean?

It's all about the low end. When you get that right, everything else falls into place. I've said it again and again, but what does it mean exactly? Today we'll talk about what it means for the audience, for the system engineer, and for front-of-house and studio mix engineers. Plus a little guitar...

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5 Tips for Better Drum Sounds

Professionals get pro results because of their skills, but also because of their habits. In this blog post, I'm going to show you five things that I do every time I walk up to mix a new drum kit.

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Building Your Church Broadcast Mix

In live sound, we can just turn up the bass and drums, layer everything else, put the vocal on top, and call it a day. If it feels good, it is good. But for our broadcast mix, it gets a little trickier than that. We've got to worry about digital headroom and worry about how it...

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Understanding Your Church Sound Systems

Your church sound system may seem complicated, but when you understand how all the parts work together, it’s a lot simpler to understand.

Hey! If you're new here, my name is James and I help worship leaders and sound techs help eliminate the mystery and frustration around sound at church so...

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7 Ways to Eliminate Microphone Feedback As Fast As Possible

Feedback in your church sound system is the fastest way to get a #soundtechsolo. Today let’s talk about 7 easy steps for how to eliminate microphone feedback, so your church worship team can lead without distractions.

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Choosing the Right Live Vocal Mic

Vocal mics pick up the most important input that you have on stage at church. So what makes a winning vocal microphone and how do you sift through all the variables and spec sheets to figure out what's going to work for you? Today I'm going to walk you through what you need to consider when...

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