Sound & Production Group

  • Hi, i’m Mike Kirk and i do live sound for my church and some lighting, i am looking to find out more information about sound and i want to make it into a occupation long term.

    • Hi Mike –

      Sorry. I just saw your post! There are a few ways to go about learning and making audio – visual a full time career.

      My first suggestion is to find a number of top audio techs in your area and speak with them. (Make sure you’re talking with a pro with a good reputation.) They may likely have some good info for you for where to…[Read more]

  • I’m wanting to change over to wireless mikes for our praise team. I like the Shure Beta 87, but the cost is prohibitive for our church. Anyone have suggestions for quality wireless mikes at a reasonable price?

    • checkout the Sennheiser microphone line. They are the only mics we have with a metal housing and they sound great. We plan to which out our Shure mics for the Sennheiser because they have the best gain structure for the money.

    • Is there a particular reason for going wireless? Unless there is a really good reason for going wireless, I would not do so if it means that you might be sacrificing the quality of your audio. Without knowing the intricacies of your situation, my suggestion would be to save your money and purchase the better quality product. It’s worth the wait.

  • rjpappy posted an update in the group Group logo of Sound & Production GroupSound & Production Group: 6 years, 1 month ago

    We are in the process of buying a new lighting board. We would like a board that will allow a novice to run that is not complicated but the capability to expand. Suggestions would be welcomed. Thank you in advance.

    • My suggestion would be to go to a local professional production company that also does sales. Let them know exactly what capabilities you need now and are anticipating needing in the near future. Then, have them show you a few suggestions of what they think would work. Once you see the various units, you should be able to get a feel for what…[Read more]

  • I want to buy a Sound card M-audio fast track. Can anyone plz help me about choosing the right one for my home studio .

    • How many inputs do you need? How many outputs? Do you already have microphone pre-amps, or will you need an interface that has them included?

  • Weather or not it is worth it depends completely on the vision of your church community. I think a big danger that we fall into with any technology or equipment is being ‘wowed’ by that technology and then trying to figure out how we can incorporate it. I think the proper approach is to constantly […]

  • rob.j posted an update in the group Group logo of Sound & Production GroupSound & Production Group: 6 years, 6 months ago

    I’m thinking that a digital sound console might be more work, more money, but no so much an improvement. I’m thinking it would be fun to play with it though.

    • Well, if you think about all of the things you might add on to a standard mixer (detailed EQ, compressor, gate, other effects), these are often external things that add on to the cost of your total PA system… A mixer like the Yamaha LS9-16 or LS9-32 has it all built in… (Well, everything but amplifiers — but that is as it should be!) On…[Read more]

      • We converted to the Yamaha LS9-32 and it really made a big difference for us. The preamps were a major upgrade. That alone made our jaws drop the first day. (Sad, I know.)

        We have 4 or 5 different teams leading each month, so being able to save entire “scenes” for each team, their individual EQ settings, etc. in the “library” has been a MAJOR…[Read more]

    • You should look at the presonus studio live digital console. The are very cost efficient, user friendly and give allot for your money. We were considering an aviom system and realized that we could get a digital console with recording capabilities and plenty of auxes for monitor mixes that can be control by each musician via iPhone or iPad. Check…[Read more]

  • Hey guys, well I have been a pastor myself and also part of a worship team, where I lead worship and also back up by playing for some who lead worship, well when your trying to help churches with worship, how do you tell the pastor to actually not interfere with worship? I mean the worship team does not teach the pastor how to preach right? So why…[Read more]

    • Honesty is the best policy. I believe praying about it is important and praying what and how to communicate it. Anyone, including a Pastor can quench the Holy Spirit and there is scripture that cautions us to not do this.

      If you have a good relationship with the pastor, bring it to their attention, perhaps they are not aware they are doing…[Read more]

    • I believe that the pastor has the right to interfere in any part of ministry as long as he is being led by the holy spirit.

  • The most important thing to tackle first is stage volume. ie In ears.

  • Mixing is an action verb. Not set and forget. Sound check is the time to adjust EQ but the service will require riding the faders.

  • Hello all. I’m not sure if this is the place to do this but I would like to ask a question and see if there is anyone who can help me out. I am a bass player and drummer and also the sound engineer for my church. My question is this… Some of the musicians have requested to switch from local speaker based monitoring to inner ear monitoring. I wou…[Read more]

    • karim replied 7 years ago

      Hi Joseph,

      First of all is there a reason why the musicians want to switch from local based to in-ear? Is it a matter of volume wars or just wanting to head in a different direction? The reason I’m asking is because there are pros and cons based on your team and your building.

      The Aviom systems are very good but pricey. I don’t know what your…[Read more]

    • Hello Karim,

      There are a few reasons why we are thinking of going to inner ear monitoring. Firstly, as one of the FOH engineers there is a, as you put it, volume war going on. Our drum set is in a plexiglass cage which sits in the middle of the stage. This is a good and bad thing. The good part is that we can control the volume of the…[Read more]

      • karim replied 7 years ago

        Hi Joseph,

        Alright so you do face the common issue that most bands experience. Apart from some of the musicians having hearing loss to some extent, there are still underlying issues that should be resolved first. Musicians need to understand that they are a part of a team and not a “one man band”. I don’t know if you’ve tried this technique…[Read more]

  • For me, running a console/board is much like this for me. Microscope focusing: Sound is much like this, first focus on the course adjustments, Lead Vocal & Lead Instrument levels, & down the line. Then vocal & music mix levels. Which would be the course adjustments. Finally vocal tone & instrumental acuity etc, etc. Which […]

  • Hi I am new. I lead worship for a very small church for the homeless with very limited resources so I wear a lot of hats; one of which is sound person. Our church is outside in a park with no electricity so I am using all battery powered equipment; PA, mixing board, effects, and keyboard. The battery cost is killing me. I was wondering if…[Read more]

    • Hi Carla,

      Welcome to the community. I don’t know what size batteries you’re working with, but we use AA and 9 Volt batteries, and we invested in the following batteries and battery recharging system, and it has paid for itself and then some. We’re on our second year with the same batteries, and because the system refreshes the batteries before…[Read more]

  • You can get compressed air at almost anywhere that sells electronics. I buy mine at Wal-Mart. Make sure (If you can) to take the housing off of anything you can and spray the dust out as well.

  • @Nathan, we’ve never used compressed air to maintain our gear… anything specific we’re looking for when we go to buy some. Where would we look for such a thing?

  • I’d like to take a moment to briefly go over a topic that unfortunately is often ignored: Gear maintenance. Let’s state the obvious and get it out of the way. Broken gear wrecks events. All it takes is one broken component to seriously disrupt or even halt a worship service. For this reason, I offer […]

  • Daniel and I discussed this face to face about a week or two ago. But for the sake of everyone else here, I think I should respond to this question. There is no easy way to change the pickup pattern (directionality if you prefer that term) of a microphone. There are some tricks that can […]

  • Hey Nathan. Thanks for the link. I wish I would have seen this before we purchased our wireless mic. It has a steep dropoff as you get off axis. To the point that if you move your head just off axis you loose almost all pickup. Is there anyway to fix this without having to […]

  • Yes, many jazz and classical projects still have their dynamics in tact. It’s unfortunate that most pop songs (and even many worship albums) are compressed and limited to the point of noticeably audible distortion. The great irony is that with the songs ‘louder’ (dynamically squashed) that people listen to music less and at softer average […]

  • That may explain why I enjoy listening to jazz records and recordings of solo instruments. Interesting theory regarding the record industry. Wish they would listen, I’m tired of that “in your face” kind of recording.

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