Mixing for God: A volunteer’s guide to church sound

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If you run sound for your church, but don’t really know much about what you’re doing, you’re not alone. Most volunteers on church sound teams are experts in all kinds of things—except audio. Mixing for God is a book designed specifically for people in your situation to help you understand what’s going on.

You’ll start by analyzing what went wrong during a Sunday morning scenario, then we walk you through setting up for a service. Next comes fine-tuning your mic technique, using signal processing, and actually hearing whether the guitar is too loud (it always is!). Lots of problem solving and answers to your everyday questions will help you far more than definitions of technical stuff that you really don’t need to worry with.

Topics include:

  • System components and signal flow
  • Stage setup and microphone technique
  • Console signal flow and operation
  • Mixing and signal processing
  • Recording services (legally)
  • Problem solving & everyday issues
  • Sanctuary acoustics and remedies
  • In-depth explanations behind all of these concepts
  • Plus nearly a hundred audio examples

With a hands-on, practical approach, lots of explanatory diagrams, and tons of audio examples, this book can give you a much clearer understanding of how to set up and mix better each week.

Look inside: Table of contents, operational diagrams

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Audio examples are located here. Make sure you use good quality headphones and a decent amount of volume to hear the nuances. Don’t worry if you can’t hear everything the first time—just keep at it.

Here are a few instructional videos that might be helpful.

Please send me your comments. I’d really like to know what works and what needs improvement. And thanks for giving it a try!