How to Use a Matrix as a Crossover

If you have a digital mixer, you may be wondering, what is the best use of a matrix? An audio matrix should be used anytime you need to create a slight variation of your main mix, like setting a crossover for your mains and subs. What is a crossover? An audio crossover is basically an EQ filter that enables you to split up an audio signal into two or more frequency ranges. In other words,...
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What’s Expected of a Worship Leader

I thought the congregation expected a full band, lights and the whole shebang every week or they would not come back. Turns out, I was wrong. Not too long ago, my church lost the place we called home. The building we rented was scheduled to be torn down to make way for bigger and greater things. An endless search for a new building yielded no results. So we went mobile and are now meeting in...
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Pursuing Excellence as a Small Church Worship Leader

Church size should not determine the amount of effort we put into our worship services. Truth is, someone who leads a church of 100 has no less of a call on their life than someone who leads in a church of 10,000. We are all valuable and making a difference in our communities. So, don’t settle for mediocre – even in a small church. We should all be fully pressing in to the gifts God has...
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Why Worship Should Go Beyond Music

Not too long ago, the church as a whole began to put a huge emphasis on music. The most important hire was the worship leader. And if a church didn’t have good worship, it was assumed the church was on the brink of failure. Things are starting to change. In a recent post by Thom Rainer (CEO of LifeWay), he points out that the first priority staff hire is now the children’s minister, no longer the...
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How to Become a Better Problem Solver with Church Sound

It’s Sunday morning rehearsal, time is strapped, and something goes wrong with the sound. It worked just fine last week, why is it not working now? You frantically search for a solution but can’t seem to figure it out. Everyone is staring, waiting on you…the pressure is on. Have you ever been in this situation? We all have. Becoming a good problem solver with church sound takes experience, but this post will give you a...
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5 Tips for a Better In-Ear Mix

If you are new to in-ear monitors, chances are, they are not your favorite. It’s tough to get the mix just right and you often feel isolated from everyone else in the room. After employing the tips in this post, I believe you will end up loving your in-ear monitors. When properly mixed, in-ears offer a much better result than traditional floor wedges – for you and the congregation. Use panning to create space and...
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3 Mistakes Worship Leaders Make

As a worship leader, I’ve made all three of these mistakes. And, it took me years to realize what was going on. This post is not to put you down, but to save you time. Get a head start and learn from the things I have done wrong. Mistake #1: Not Believing In Your Team It’s quite possible you have musicians on your team who aren’t quite ‘there’ yet, especially if you lead worship at...
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The Key to Great Church Sound

When it comes to great sound, there is one thing that often gets overlooked – especially in churches. We run to the mixer to fix problems that arise while ignoring the most important thing. It’s like the current healthcare system. We are prescribed medications to get rid of symptoms when the root cause of the issue is ignored. So, what is the key to great church sound? Get it right at the source. When something...
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Drums too loud at church? Try these weird drum sticks.

Up until recently, my drummer has been stuck behind a drum shield. We all wanted to set her free, but couldn’t bear the loudness of the drums. My church recently went mobile and I wanted to simplify setup as much as possible. This meant ditching the drum shield and sound panels. The less to load in, the better. Of course, the first thing I thought of was electronic drums…but, my drummer absolutely refused. And, I...
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3 Ways to Motivate the Worship Team

As worship leaders, most of us work with a team of volunteers. Considering the team is not paid to be there, we employ a subdued leadership style. For example, we say nothing when a team member consistently shows up unprepared. We hold back in times where a team member needs to be corrected. We let things slide week after week – after all, they are only volunteers. What if I told you that your team...
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How to Achieve Great Sound in a Small Church

Achieving great sound in a small church is impossible, right? I mean, you have practically no budget and no one around with preexisting sound tech skills. I might have agreed with this common belief at one time…but I have proved it to be wrong. The truth is, you can achieve great sound at a small church – and it may not be as hard as you think. The 3 “First Steps” to Great Church Sound...
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Reverb Techniques for Church Sound

Reverb holds the power to take your mix from sounding dead to alive. But, it also comes with the risk of making your mix unintelligible and frustrating to the listener. Good news is, there are a few simple techniques you can employ to harness all the benefits of reverb while protecting your mix from becoming unclear. The Reverb Golden Rule In general, the best way to mix reverb is to turn it up until you...
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5 Tips for Achieving Consistent Sound from Week-to-Week

Keeping sound at church consistent from week-to-week is tough. There are tons of variables that change every week – even temperature and humidity affect live sound. With everything changing, how do we maintain a consistent experience for the listener? First, you must make peace with the fact that there will be variations. There is no way to make two different services sound exactly the same. Instead of trying to keep sound exactly the same, work...
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CCLI Reporting: The Easy Way (Using Planning Center)

So you are one of the lucky chosen to fulfill six months of CCLI reporting…congratulations! Truth is, it happens to all of us who hold a CCLI license, once every 2.5 years. I don’t know about you, but I generally don’t get too excited when the letter comes in the mail that it is time to report. Actually, it is more like a sigh and ‘roll your eyes’ type of moment. Luckily, I have found...
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