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10 Things No One Tells You About Church Audio

I don’t mean, “Don’t forget to call your mother.” I mean, “I’m not sure what we should do for lunch today. I was thinking about seafood, but then Bill doesn’t like seafood, and then Marge, remember Marge? Anyway, she had that outpatient thing last week, and that reminds me, did you make an appointment with your endocrinologist? If not, it’s OK because when I stop by the bank on Monday I can … blah, blah and blah.”

Some people just don’t get it.

7. You’ll hit a growth plateau, and that’s when the real work begins.

Diving into audio production and learning as much as possible, the immediate return on effort is great. A comparison of your first mix to your 10th mix is like night and day.

But the 20th sounds much like the 10th. Another person mixes the same band in the same room, and it’s noticeably better. What’s up with that? Welcome to the plateau.

After learning mixing fundamentals, taking a mix further up the quality scale requires intensive study and practice. This is where the real work begins. It’s what separates the great from the good.

8. The Shure SM58 microphone makes a handy weapon.

Live church audio production is stressful. The schedule changes. Things break. Personalities clash. And, there are no do-overs. IT’S LIVE, BABY!

There will be days you want to walk out the door. Most every professional live engineer I’ve met has had such a moment. But they didn’t walk. Now, they are touring with top musicians and are highly respected amongst their peers. It can be stressful, but that comes with the job.

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Chris Huff is the author of Audio Essentials for Church Sound. He also teaches all aspects of live audio production, from the technical fundamentals to creative music mixing to keeping your sanity. Find out more at www.behindthemixer.com