The Key to Great Church Sound + How to Solve Sound Problems

The Key to Great Church Sound + How to Solve Sound Problems


When it comes to great sound, there is one
thing that often gets overlooked – especially in churches. We run to the mixer to fix problems that arise
while ignoring the most important thing. It’s like the current healthcare system. We are prescribed medications to get rid of
symptoms when the root cause of the issue is ignored. So, what is the key to great church sound? I’m going to tell you in this video. This video is brought to you by Behringer
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technical skills so your church can worship without distraction. Alright, here the key to great church sound:
Get things right at the source. When something doesn’t sound quite right,
the first thing to look at is where the sound is originated – the source. The mixer is at the end of the signal path
and shouldn’t be used to fix ‘at the source’ problems. In other words, don’t use EQ to compensate
for old drum heads that haven’t been properly tuned. Don’t use compression to compensate for
a vocal who doesn’t know how to control their dynamics or hold the microphone correctly. With this is mind, let me give you five steps
to solving sound problems. Step 1: Check the source. Vocals should be singing out and holding the
microphone correctly (no more than 1” from their mouth). Electric guitars should have a great sound
coming from their amp and the microphone placed correctly. Drums should have heads that are in good shape
and tuned correctly. The acoustic guitar should have the on-guitar
EQ set to flat and the volume all the way up for a strong signal. Keyboards should be sending a nice strong
signal as well. Step 2: Check the microphone. Are you using the correct drum microphones? Have you tested different microphones on each
vocal to see which sounds the best? Believe it or not, each vocal is different
and may sound better through a different microphone. Step 3: Check the cables. Cables can make or break your sound. Do you understand balanced vs unbalanced? Are you using direct boxes when needed? Are you using quality cables or the cheapest
cable you could find? I have a post that teaches you all about cables
and even gives you the cables I recommend using. I’ll include a link in the description. Step 4: Properly set the gain. Gain (or trim) is often the most overlooked
knob on the mixer. Do you understand gain and how to set it correctly? If not, no worries. Simply watch my video on gain. I’ll include a link in the description. Step 5: Use audio processing. Only at this point are you ready to start
using things like EQ and compression to improve the sound. Of course, you should never use these things
just because they are available, but to solve a specific problem. And, if you don’t understand something,
it is generally best not to use it until you do. Never forget, if your sound is not right at
the source, there is no amount of signal processing that can fix it. If you feed your mixer crap, you are going
to get crap. Am I saying you should never use EQ and compression? Of course not. But, when solving sound problems, we should
always start at the source and work our way to the mixer. If you have questions, drop them in the comments. I’d be glad to answer. If you’d like to see more videos like this,
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3 thoughts on “The Key to Great Church Sound + How to Solve Sound Problems

  1. Hey! Thanks for this! How would you compress a click track audio? I try to make sure the levels are equal coming out of the computer but sometimes the track is too soft or too loud at parts. Thanks a lot!

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