If you are a hard working, conscientious worship leader, you are always striving toward making your worship better; better for you, for your team, and of course, better for your congregation. Sometimes we just run out of new ideas and need a little push to get our creative motor running again. Here are 3 simple steps to get you moving in that direction. Continue reading “3 Simple Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Worship Service” »
9 years ago I got my very first set of custom in-ear monitors, a pair of UE7’s from Ultimate Ears. I still remember the day I opened the box and put them in my ears. My life was completely changed. I had never heard music the way I was hearing it that day. I heard guitars and vocal effects and clarity that I didn’t even know was in my music. I then brought them to church and started running monitors with them. It was a night and day difference from my generic foam tipped Shures. Fast-forward to today, I now have five different sets of custom IEMs (in-ear monitors) from various companies, work as a professional audio engineer specializing in Monitors, and my UE7’s are still my go-to set. Continue reading “In-Ear Monitor Review: Pro Ultimate Ears UE7” »
If I have heard it once, I have heard it hundreds of times… I understand we are trying, well, something with this worship style, but does it have to be so loud!? It hurts my ears and I cannot concentrate, much less hear from God.
Now, before I hear the “Amens!” from my traditional worship brothers and sisters thinking I am on my way to condemning “rock band worship,” I have heard this exact same question about the worship featuring musical leadership from, wait for it, the Pipe Organ! Continue reading “Worship Leaders – Does the Worship Music Have to Be So Loud!?” »
One of the biggest hurdles for a church tech is how to set up a microphone for a pastor. I know many seasoned audio engineers who work in full-time ministry that still have this as an Achilles heel. There is a fine balance that you need to achieve between making the pastor sound natural while also maximizing gain before feedback. Here are some tips and tricks I use every Sunday to make my pastors sound great. Continue reading “How to Properly EQ Your Pastors Mic” »
There will be many times when you don’t lead worship with a larger team. Leading solo at a Bible study, youth event, or camp may require just a guitar and some percussion. But sometimes a mic, some portable speakers, and these three little tools could make you sound great while keeping a professional feel during your acoustic worship approach. These may not be brand new, but we’ve heard so many good things about them that we now think they should be in the arsenal of every worship leader: Continue reading “Three Fantastic Pieces of Gear For Solo Worship Leading ” »
Drums are the heartbeat to a song and a crucial element to the worship experience. Unfortunately drums can have a tendency to be the most difficult instrument to work with in a church sanctuary. The reality is, drums that are being amplified through speakers sound way better than the acoustic sound drums make from stage. Part of this is due to the amount of indirect sound that goes everywhere every time a cymbal, snare, or tom is hit. So I’ve put together this top ten list to help churches get off that pacemaker and get their heartbeat strong again. Continue reading “How to Mic a Drum – 10 Tips to Mic’ing Your Drums for the Ultimate Sound!” »
Sound and acoustics go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately there are more people out there who know how to amplify sound than there are people who know what happens to that sound in a confined space. Here are ten things to consider when dealing with acoustics:
We all want to get better, right? We’re looking to improve our craft, expand our influence, and make the biggest difference in our lives. Nobody wakes up and thinks, “How can I blend in, waste my time, and spend my life on meaningless things?” Especially as worship leaders, we’re looking to improve our craft. We read books, attend conferences, and practice our instrument. But what if I told you that what you were doing wasn’t enough? That there were some things you should practice that you may have never thought of?
That’s what I want to share with you here – some highly targeted, focused action steps that will make you a better worship leader.
Are you ready? Here we go…
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If you are a worship director, choir director, worship leader or music pastor at your church, then you need to get your hands on the new Voxos Choir library from Cinesamples. With this advanced sampling technology, you immediately have a full-fledged choir consisting of sopranos, altos, tenors, basses and even a boys choir at the tip of your fingers. It is not synthesized; it is not looped; it consists of actual recordings of a real choir, sampled, digitized and mapped to a virtual library that you can access using a keyboard and a computer. Confused? Let me explain a little how the technology works.