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 […]

Ceasing All Forward Progress With Only Two Words

This originally appeared on ProSoundWeb.com. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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