Millennial Mixing: A NextGen Approach to Consoles, People

In the end, there is no substitute for research, hard work and implementation when it comes to choosing the right consoles.

Millennial Mixing: A NextGen Approach to Consoles, People
If you are truly a volunteer-based church, (and not one that runs on a hybrid of paid/volunteer production staffers) make simpler console choices that have an easy to follow layout and support app-based integration. Behringer X32 (pictured), or PreSonus Live series sound consoles come to mind.

“I’ve found that a hit record is like a stew. All the ingredients have to come together just right. Otherwise, it’s just soup.”

Yes, inspired words from the Tom Hanks classic 1960s era fake biopic, That Thing You Do!

Never heard of it? That’s OK. You can trust me – it’s brilliant filmmaking.

So how does all this generational stuff help the big picture when choosing consoles?

If you don’t agree – I’m just fine standing “alone in my principles.”

What you and I can agree on is that it’s getting increasingly difficult to attract and maintain talented and committed tech volunteers, while staying current and relevant with our AVL console choices. Mix in a good dose of budgetary woes and a pinch of leadership miscommunication – and you might be struggling to even call it soup.

Good writing metaphors of any kind can be as elusive as a perfect sound check … I digress.

Choosing the perfect AVL console can be daunting. On the other hand, navigating the ins and outs of a new generation of volunteers is an altogether different song to write. This is especially tough for many tech directors that would rather focus on channel count than catering to newfangled relationships.

So what does one have to do with the other? How does the stereotypical 20-something mindset factor into what type of light board to buy? I mean, it’s the baby-boomers that crafted the contemporary AVL industry from the start and the Gen Xers that perfected it – right? Shouldn’t the next generation of millennials or Gen Zers just stay quiet and learn from the greats? Well, yes and maybe no.

Let’s mix it up a bit.

We all love tech. But I think God is more interested in how people and tech interface to promote his kingdom. If you’re simply looking for an easy top 3 list of perfect console choices for volunteers, then you’re about to get a little more than you bargained for. 

First, it’s important to make some foundational decisions. 

Analog vs. digital – the verdict is in.

There will always be many valid perspectives here. But some new ideas are quickly emerging. As a media trainer, I’ve spent years on the side of using specifically analog sound mixers for training volunteers on the “basics,” before graduating to digital formats. As for growing a church ministry, though, those days are officially over.

And here’s why…

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