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 ProSoundWeb.com 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 […]

My favorite musician jokes and ways to torment your music director

One habit that was developed on the road gigs, was the routine bashing of musicians when we ended up in the same venue, with the same crew every year. Never In an angry or malicious way. We just went into a rapid fire volley of musician jokes, to see who ran out first. The crews […]

Jumping ship. Making the big decisions.

This week, I begin a whole new chapter in my life. It’s a very exciting time, but also nerve wracking. I have made countless transitions in my life. Each time, each one, all meant letting go of the old and familiar to jump into the new and unfamiliar. I was offered a position on the […]

Foundational principles of church technical service

This article is taken from my book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician” As a church tech, what is your real job? That question can spark endless debates. Usually, when I ask that, I get a list of responsibilities. Various tasks and assignments that are all part of the job. Rarely do I hear […]

Planning to upgrade your sound system? Do it right the first time.

This is an excerpt from my new book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician.” One thing that often leads to a tech learning about their system quickly is the upgrade or construction process. When gear is replaced or a new system is installed, plenty of opportunities arise to learn quickly. There are few ways […]

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