If you want to deliver a first class mix, free of feedback, missed mic cues, hums, buzzes and RF dropouts, never having to answer the question of “why is it so loud?”, and you want those results without ever having to hire a professional audio engineer, then we have some work to do.
How can a seasoned audio mixer always deliver such a great mix without being plagued by those common technical problems?
Simple. They trained for it.
Consider this. You wouldn’t pick up a guitar and join the worship team without first learning how to play it, right?
Your musicians play well because most of them took music lessons and practiced their instrument for years before they joined the worship team.
Just like your musicians, sound techs need specialized training to successfully operate the sound gear.
So let’s do something about that.
The reality is that delivering great quality sound consistently each week takes not only practice, but knowledge and an understanding of the basics.
Along the way the beginning sound tech is going to make a ton of mistakes.
But count it all joy. We need to make those mistakes so we can learn from them.
It has been said that Your Greatest Teacher is Your Last Mistake.
Otherwise our mix can range from great to poor and we won’t know why, let alone how to fix it.
Every seasoned audio engineer still has a few hundred mistakes yet to make.
They’re going to miss the occasional mic cue.
They’re going to mess up the reverb or delay setting on the lead vocal.
They’re going to forget that the walk-in music is still running halfway into the service.
(Or was that just me?)
They’re going to fail to hear the feedback that is so obvious to everyone on the platform.
The difference? Because those things have happened to them so many times – and they lived to tell the story – they know how to identify and recover from their mistakes quickly and gracefully.
In fact it’s likely that few, if any, in the audience will ever know that they made a mistake.
The only way that you and or your fellow sound techs are ever going to get there, ever have the confidence to master the sound equipment and deliver a great mix week after week is through training and a lot of practice.
Hi, my name is Curt Taipale. I'm the founder of ChurchSoundcheck.com, contributing author to Yamaha’s "Guide to Sound Systems for Worship", author of "The Heart of Technical Excellence", recording engineer for multiple Integrity! Hosanna projects, and creator of the church sound training series called the Church Sound Boot Camp .
During my career I've experienced the pro audio industry from every perspective - professional musician, recording engineer, live sound engineer, Audio Director and Technical Director in three churches, AV integrator, and as a consultant designing AVL systems and room acoustics.
I've discovered that the sound issues that most churches deal with have less to do with equipment and more to do with a need to train the sound operators.
Well, I have good news for you.
We have a virtual course waiting for you online that is filled to overflowing with the techniques, concepts and knowledge that each sound tech MUST understand in order to master the sound system in their church.
Our goal is to instill in you the confidence of knowing not only HOW to make improvements to your sound, but WHY you’re taking each of those steps.
During our time together we will examine, discuss and demonstrate how to use every component of a sound system – the right way!
We have taught literally thousands of church sound team volunteers, technical staff, worship pastors and musicians how to get the best sound quality from the gear they already have.
But first, a reality check.
That practice thing … that’s on YOU.
I can teach you the basics. But you’ve got to want this. It's going to take some work.
Tell me, are you a good driver? Today, sure.
But what about when you were fifteen years old, out in the driveway at home, sitting in the driver’s seat imagining what it would feel like to drive the car on your own one day?
There was no way you were going to be handed the car keys until you learned the basics.
All of them.
Then you had to prove you knew those basics to your parents.
And then you had to pass that written exam and the driving test.
And to be frank, you had to prove all that to yourself as well or you would never have the confidence to get out on the road and improve your driving skills.
It’s the same thing with learning to be a good sound operator.
Now, you could just decide that you’re going to keep doing what you’re doing. Mixing on the weekend.
Maybe you’ll learn something new once a month.
Then again, if you want to shave years off that learning curve, come join us for the Church Sound Boot Camp.
Think of our CSBC Online course as Driver’s Ed for Audio.
This course works!
The cool thing is … you can study the course today, and start improving your sound (literally) tomorrow.
I know that may sound to some like I’m overstating the results, but it’s true.
Seriously, we often hear back from our students who say that they took just one or two concepts that they learned in the class, implemented them that very next day at church, and heard a distinct improvement right away.
Here’s what one pastor shared with us after their sound tech attended our class.
“We will be sending our sound guy again. When he returned from the class, he immediately changed our sound in a good way. Even members of our church commented on how great it sounded.” – Oklahoma City
And here’s a comment from a student after attending our class in Houston.
“My first Sunday back after class, I was able to fix a bass issue that the Worship Leader was having with his guitar and was able to identify and fix a phase cancellation issue from our mains.” – Houston
The Church Sound Boot Camp is a self-paced, self-guided online course that builds on your current understanding of all things audio and takes you to the next level of excellence.
(If you prefer, an Instructor-Led version is also available.)
The goal is to show you how you can dramatically improve the sound quality in your services using the sound equipment you already have to work with.
No experience is required.
Beginner or Seasoned Pro, there’s something for everybody in the Church Sound Boot Camp.
You're going to enjoy doing sound more than you ever imagined.
"I wanted to say thank you for the magnificent training you gave. The seminar was top-notch. The clarity with which you taught was especially beneficial to me. Tech smarts do not necessarily imply teaching smarts." – Margaret
"Great class, very informative. Already putting the info to use." – Ed
"If you are involved in your church as part of the sound team, this is an invaluable class even if you think you know everything you need to about sound."
"Great refresher for me and a lot of tips to try in my church. God Bless you all!" – Wilfredo
"If you have a heart for technical excellence, then you need to invest in training that will help to achieve it. As iron sharpens iron, your time with Curt and the other attendees will sharpen your knowledge and abilities far beyond what they currently are and allow you to help others as well."
"Thanks Curt. Your production exceeded my expectations. Nothing like demonstration of examples to bring a concept home! The pace was quick. But allot of topical breadth! Thank you again - good instructor." – Richmond, VA
"Learning so much about how sound works gave me the confidence to learn much more about how to use the soundboard at our church. Among other things, we have virtually eliminated all sound feedback issues. Our pastors and members appreciate how much better and more reliable the sound is every Sunday morning." – Greensboro, GA
"Worth going for sure. It was a great way for our tech team to refocus some goals. Another reason to go is to socialize with other sound techs and hear what they are doing and what will work and what doesn't."
The Church Sound Boot Camp builds on your current understanding of all things audio and takes you to the next level of technical excellence. Study in the comfort of your own home, office or church.
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