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 that...
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How to EQ Your Room with the X32

If you are ready to take your mix to the next level, it is time to EQ your room.  This is also a great way to solve feedback problems. This technique is somewhat of an advanced tip, but I am going to break it down in a way that is easy to understand.  Once you have some basic EQ parameters set to compliment your room, it is going to be much easier to create a great...
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The Worship Leader’s Guide to Communication

As a worship leader, when looking for ways to improve, I bet your mind wanders to things like: improving as a musician and vocalist, finding better gear, and getting a better grasp on sound and lighting. But, there is one thing that we don’t think of that might actually be the most important: communication. We tend to write it off as something the pastor should be doing. I mean, why should we worry about communication...
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How to Make Your Pastor’s Mic Sound Amazing

The most important microphone at church is the pastor’s.  Yet, so many churches use a cheap microphone and don’t put much effort into making the pastor sound great. Let’s go through a few simple steps to making your pastor’s mic sound amazing. Use the right microphone. When budgeting for a sound system, the pastor’s mic is usually an afterthought.  So you end up with a budget-friendly lavalier or headset mic.  Trust me, I have been...
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How to Keep up with (and Discover) New Worship Music

As a worship leader, it can be tough to keep up with new worship music.  New and familiar artists are releasing albums almost every week. I am sure there are several different ways to do this, but in this post I’ll share my strategy for keeping up with new tunes and how to determine if they are a good fit for the congregation. Planning Center ‘Top Songs’ Have you discovered Planning Center’s Top Songs tool?  I...
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5 Engaging Worship Songs [2016]

One of the most challenging things about leading worship is finding songs the congregation will engage with.  Once per year I share the top 5 songs really resonating at my church to give you inspiration and hopefully introduce you to a few songs you have yet to consider.  Here’s the 2016 list: Champion by Brian & Katie Torwalt Get lyrics, chord charts and piano tutorial → Grace on Top of Grace by Fellowship Creative Get lyrics, chord charts and...
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3 Ways to Lower Stage Noise

In many churches, the sound coming from the stage is louder than the house mix…and this is a problem.  You will never experience a quality mix if stage noise is out of control. There are three main causes of excessive stage noise: Uncontrolled acoustic drums Guitar amps Loud stage monitors Good news is, there are simple ways to fix these problems so you can achieve balance between stage noise and your house mix. Acoustic Drums...
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