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Teaching Church Audio Artistry - The Reference Site.
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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.

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

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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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.

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."

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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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.

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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.

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.

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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