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Wow, a lot of people are finding this post on EQ'ing vocals helpful.  There are six steps and the first one starts on the stage.
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Thanks for sharing your expertise! Much appreciated ...Godspeed! 
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A number of people are using Audio Essentials for Church Sound as a guide for training their volunteers.  Therefore, I've added volume discounts when you buy 3 or more.  Volume discount pricing is available on the shopping cart page.
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Last week, I helped a friend find their car in a huge parking lot.  It got me to thinking how many times I overlook the obvious when audio errors occur...

1. No sound from the mic - is it muted?
2. Condenser mic volume is low to nothing - did I turn on the phantom power?

Those are just two but there are plenty of ways we can overlook the obvious when we overthink the situation.  No, the new $300 wireless microphone didn't break - you forgot to turn on the receiver.  Before you think extreme, think simple. :)
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Vocal EQ work can be the most frustrating and time consuming process of your mixing. I say NOT ANY MORE!

Completing your vocal EQ work can be as easy as cleaning your garage.
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I rarely EQ much during a set, just wondered if that was the norm. Thankfully our vocalists do pretty well at setting their own dynamics. +Mike Sessler had a cool article about using a smash channel to help define the lead vocals, I'll have to see if I can try a simple version of that. http://www.churchtecharts.org/home/2012/2/10/my-current-vocal-effects-process.html
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Production motto for this year: Streamline. Step one is removing extra tasks. We are now using Planning Center so I can offload some of my work to the automated tasks in PC.

What can you stop doing? What can someone else do that does it better than you?
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I currently do all the scheduling of audio teams for nine of our campuses. I'm not really good at that kind of planning and have been thinking about shifting that so that I can focus more on the relational, technical and training parts of my role.

I've got a great engineer that I lead with and we are great at filling each others gaps and are comfortable passing things off to each other as needed. We are constantly learning and pushing each other! It is an ideal situation and I'm so blessed to be where I am, doing what I do!
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Use a patch chart, band-specific, with all of your channel assignments, monitor needs, and even Eq settings.  For example:
1, Brian, Acoustic Guitar, Lead vocal + self, HPF
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Challenge to those of you who use the same EQ settings week after week - RESET THEM AND START FRESH!  So many times, we are hindered not by mixing challenges but by what we consider as the starting point. 
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Mixing a large band is challenging when you have multiple similar instruments like electric guitars.  It's possible.  People mix it all the time.  The question to ask is, "where should the instrument sit in the mix?"  Layering is the key to get that mix right.  Listen to complex arrangements via headphones and listen to the instruments "in the distance."
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In case you missed this one....
How to Win the Stage Volume Battle

Stage volume issues are common but there are solutions for getting the musicians the sounds they need while keeping the stage volume to a minimum so you can sculpt a great house sound.  It's just too bad that it often feels like a battle when it doesn't have to be that way.

http://www.behindthemixer.com/content/how-to-win-the-stage-volume-battle
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Floor monitor problems can be overcome by moving the band around. For example, at a local church, they have a baby grand piano right next to a full acoustic drum set. I've suggested they move the drums to the other side of the stage and move a few other instruments/singers around. Even with substantial floor monitors, a piano next to a full drum set and using floor monitors...ugh.
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Powerpoint repair...
Every so often, we get handed power point presentation to run through the video projector. Typically, the video software (Easy Worship) imports the PP file without any problem. However, every once in a while, it just hangs their and doesn't like it. I found a simple solution...

The first time this happened, I opened the presentation in powerpoint on the same computer and saved as an older format. However, the file was still not imported successfully by Easy Worship. That's when I discovered how to make it work....

1. Open up a new powerpoint session.
2. Highlight all the slides in the original PP file and copy the slides.
3. Go to the new PP document and paste the slides.
4. If there is a background that was used, I go to the "format background" option in the new document and load up the background image. (Now that I think about it, I might have had to save the existing background from the existing file).
5. All done.

I'm not sure if it's a version problem or if it's a corruption issue with powerpoint. No matter the cause, this simple copy/paste into a new document fixes the problems.
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Welcome to Behind The Mixer

    Church Audio

Welcome to the resource outpost of Behindthemixer.com.  You can catch all sorts of articles and helpful resources that will help you in your work as a church sound tech. 

A little background on Behindthemixer.com. 

The site has been helping church sound techs, like yourself, since 2008.  You'll find articles covering everything from the 101-level basics to the non-technical side of church audio such as working with difficult people and dealing with criticism.

Think technical articles are hard to understand and apply?  Not at my site.  Each article gives you practical applications as well as being written in a manner even your mother could understand.

Up for a brief challenge?

Take the Audio Scorecard Challenge.  Twenty five simple yes/no questions so you can score your last time behind the mixer. A scorecard is a great way to establish a baseline for where you are and where you can improve.

Now, for something you'll really like...if you are new to live audio production, check out the section on Church Audio 101.  It's a great place to start and I guarantee you'll quickly learn new skills you can apply the next time you are behind the mixer.

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