The Benefits Of Buying Used Gear

This article originally appeared on ProSoundWeb. Over the course of my life, I have survived as a scavenger. My own dad, once, called me “the possum king.” A guy who can always find a way to survive. A guy who can live off the stuff nobody else sees value in. Not a title I want […]

Planning An Upgrade? Do It Right The First Time

No church does multiple installations in the same year. Once you put it in, you have to live with it. This article is an excerpt from the book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician.” It is also available on ProSoundWeb.   One thing that often leads to a tech learning about their system quickly […]

Ceasing All Forward Progress With Only Two Words

This originally appeared on After repeatedly retraining a young apprentice on the same task, I discovered myself rapidly losing the grasp of whatever social skills I had retained. We had been working together for weeks, yet he still refused to follow my simple directions. He insisted on doing a routine task in any way […]

Mastering Your Church Sound System Without Breaking The Budget

Several years ago, a pastor called me to come fix his sound system. The church was two hours away and the problem was simple. I did my best to try and walk him though the process to fix it and save the church from the service call fee for that trip. “No, no. I have […]

Church Sound: Learning The Foundational Stuff

Do not read this article. You’re probably looking for technical advice and I’m not that guy. We have many fine authors on PSW, including Chris Huff and Mike Sessler and Curt Taipale and many others for that. They’re the church sound gurus. Not me. I’m just the guy who writes the foundational stuff about survival. […]

Memories of Moscow

During the late nineties, Russia was going through some pretty dramatic changes. One of the big ones was opening up to allow churches to come in. Many Americans were arriving to serve as missionaries while that door was open, including a family that we knew. Within a year, they were part of a rapidly growing […]

The Point Of No Return

There are times with a live mix when we outsmart ourselves. Too many knobs turned. Too many buttons pushed. The EQ looks like a crazy BMX track. Preamps and faders are well outside of the ideal range. Sometimes the best thing to do is zero it all out and start over. Several years ago, I […]

Incarcerated Audio

“Seriously?” That was my response when I was asked to help record a live album inside a prison. It was 1998 and I was only nine months out of recording school. The person asking for assistance was my friend Larry Howard, who’d been working inside of penitentiaries for years with Prison Fellowship Ministries. He explained […]

Finding your place on the team

I will now make a statement that will, in a very broad stroke, apply to almost everyone reading this. “You are not an idiot.” Now, keep in mind that this isn’t a 100% true statement for everyone. Some folks are just bound and determined to wear a name tag with “Idiot” on it. But, for […]

Getting the job done

I originally published this in Live Sound International magazine and I will never forget one particular service call. A small church called me out to quote a new sound system. This room sat about 120 people, pretty standard size and shape for rural Georgia. They weren’t happy with the existing system and wanted it […]

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