Chris Huff, from the Behind the Mixer Blog, reveals tips and tricks to mixing sound in the realm of church audio production. He covers everything from building a music mix from scratch to upgrading your audio console. You’ll even learn how things work, like audio compression and gating, so you can be a better sound tech. Discover the latest gear, newest mixing strategies, or learn the foundational audio production processes every church sound guy should know. You’ll even catch interviews and find out how other church audio engineers are coming up with creative solutions to everyday problems. Chris has been working in church audio for over twenty years, writes for pro audio publications, helps other church audio techs through his web site, and has authored several church sound system guides. He helps you with audio mixing, mixing monitors, working with musicians and church staff, buying new audio equipment, understanding how signal flow works, and most every aspect crucial for creating a top notch audio production, while working in the unique church environment.
Interview with House of Worship Market Manager, Richard Gaspard from Presonus
There's a lot going on in the world of church audio and it's not all good. Chris and Brian talk with Richard Gaspard, the House of Worship Market Manager about what he, and PreSonus are doing to help. They also talk about the night and day difference between the first PreSonus digital console and what they offer today.
Interview with My Worship Minister, Jason Wetherholt
What do you call a man so devoted to the Chicago Cubs that he named his dog, Wrigley? You call him Jason Wetherholt, Worship Minister at Greenwood Christian Church. Today, Chris Huff interviews him and he answers the question of what musicians expect from the sound tech - the answer might surprise you.
Greenwood Christian Church The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services Behind the Mixer
What You Should Teach Rookies Techs...But Likely Don't
Episode 45 - Back from a short hiatus, Chris and Brian talk about the topic everyone should teach their new audio techs right from the start. Unfortunately, it's a topic that's usually taught last. They also discuss the top 3 qualities a church tech leader needs but why it's often only one that gets any attention - and how that can spell disaster.
Audio Essentials for Church Sound The Soundcheck Checklist
Are You Breaking Music Copyright Laws? Probably.
Episode 40 - Music copyright laws are in place to protect musicians and the original music owners. However, there are popular myths that churches have believed for years that have resulted in copyright infringement. Chris covers these myths, myths on video licensing, and what you should be doing.
Your Guide to Playing Church Music and COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT! Video copyright Myths and Copyright Infringement Church Copyright Toolkit
Tips on Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Episode 43: What mistakes are we making as tech team leaders? For that matter, what mistakes are we making as volunteers? In this episode, Chris interviews his wife, who has worked in a variety of leadership roles, including the volunteer coordinator at the local hospital where she oversaw 90 volunteers. Gina brings up key areas for retention as well as recruitment and they talk about how understanding personality types goes a long way to helping team members and becoming a better leader.
Submit Questions to Behind the Mixer Personality Test Which Animal Are You (Personality Test) Equipping You for Real Life (Gina’s Site) Conflict Resolution
Gear Recommendations: Walking Through a Typical Church System
What speakers should we buy? What about the mixer? These questions are part of typical conversations Chris and Brian have had with many churches over the years. Only this time, Chris is playing the role of the pastor and Brian plays...Brian. Discover how they look at a church system, the types of questions they ask, and how you should take a new look at your system.
Talk with Chris and Brian
I’ve been leading Tech at a church in IL for a couple years and started listening to these podcasts last week. I listened to every one of them (roughly 50) in the past week. It’s been wonderful!!!
I’ve been a bit tired of the every-week tech grind and this podcast was exactly what I needed to get back at it! Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. The advise is as golden as the jokes are... not so golden.
I’d love to talk with Chris or Brian one day in the distant future! Maybe even just for a few minutes. Probably won’t happen but here’s hoping!
Lots of great ideas here. Very clear. New tech I didn’t even know about!
You'll loose more time then you'll gain is useful info.
Unfortunately. A great opportunity to make a good podcast but I feel it's a waste of time.
Also, you’d think someone who cares enough about sound would care enough about their own podcast's sound. The last episode's sound is bad with distracting background sounds. Sounds like his printer was right by his mic.
Also influenced by the mega-church model. Keep that in mind.