The Role of an Audio Director: Achieving Accurate Reproduction of Sound

Unfortunately, many churches don’t place appropriate emphasis on the Spoken word mic. In a perfect world, all of our microphones will be of a premium quality. But if you must choose, put the highest quality mic on the pastor.

The Role of an Audio Director: Achieving Accurate Reproduction of Sound
For some pastors, they may prefer to stay at the podium or lectern, while preaching and using the mic as their center point. Sometimes, they constantly reposition the microphone, which can negatively alter sound and damage the mic over time.

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There are a lot of similarities when you compare some large church services to a large-scale rock concert.

To ensure success, the sound engineer must be in control and have the backing of the pastor in-charge. If he or she doesn’t, the production may veer off the rails.

I would say, though, that there are more variables in the church production. There are the obvious, common items, such as sound, lights, crew communication, and wardrobe to name a few.

However, in church production, there are items like the spoken word, live music, theatrical presentation, inexperienced and experienced end users, Q&A, testimonials, and the list does not stop there. You could have a great band playing one minute with the perfect live mix, and then the guest speaker comes out.

From there, the speaker then approaches the mic like a dangerous animal or a close friend. They end up screaming into the mic as they appear to be eating it, or you find that they are 3 feet away, looking up at a PowerPoint presentation, way off mic and at a low-level.

The perfect storm for unintelligibility and feedback conditions.

This is how it goes, and how it changes for church tech teams from week to week! There are a lot of things that could go wrong. Having procedures and tools in place are a great starting point.

If anyone on staff (besides the pastor) needs to mimic the Christ walk, it is the sound supervisor. He is the vital cog in which all elements of productions pass through.

For starters, he must be organized, and pleasant to those who are in a stressful situation. In addition, they must be able to handle a myriad of production situations, while juggling all aspects of the day’s events. All while maintaining good management of the engineering staff.

A church that does not take sound serious, is the one that loses attendance due to a lack of consistency and unintelligibility.

Close your eyes. You’re at a worship service. The visuals are gone, and all you have left is sound.

That’s where the information happens.

The Silent Servant Laws.

                                                                 
Yes, in any church, the sound engineer is central to the outcomes of the worship experience (good or bad).

The sound engineer, volunteer or professional, is central in the wheel of activities.

All activities in these types of facilities rely on sound, whether it’s a choir, worship band, pastor’s sermon, or a video playback from a foreign mission trip.

There needs to be a person to lead this process.


More About Gabriel Antonini
Gabriel Antonini is the U.S. Business Development Manager at DPA Microphones Inc. and regularly works with churches across the country. Antonini has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards in the categories of producer, outstanding technical achievement, original music, and sound design-audio post. He is passionate about sound and the microphones that capture it, striving to bring that appreciation to a national audience. Selecting the proper microphones for the right application he sees as an integral part of transmitting the clear sonic detail required for a successful production.
Get in Touch: vga@dpamicrophones.com    More by Gabriel Antonini

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