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 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 […]

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. […]

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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