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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It’s the responsibility of the sound engineer to facilitate the techniques to ensure a successful production, whether it’s instructing the field team how to use boom and body worn microphones in harsh conditions, or working with the band to achieve a clear monitor mix for the band.

The sound engineer needs to know what the challenges are — why someone isn’t comfortable speaking; why someone seems shy near the microphone; why the band is so loud.

They can ask themselves questions like does the pastor have the right microphone on? Or, do I need to teach proper microphone technique to all users?

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.

The engineer needs to remain calm and deal with multiple personalities. And really, we all want the same thing: premium sound. We want a service that sounds as if there are no microphones at all: Accurate. Intelligible.

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When it comes to budget concerns, the pastor’s mic shouldn’t be up for discussion. Providing a premium spoken word experience comes with a price tag.

When capturing speech, a great microphone will sound as if there is no microphone at all — only a transparent, accurate reproduction of the speaker.

Considering that many church facilities have imperfect acoustics — and some attendees may have hearing issues — it’s imperative that this first step (acquisition) is a premium one. Everything that follows will attempt to enhance or fix this signal. This process needs to be consistent through the team of engineers.

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.

There are more ways than one to reach the masses. Which of the following analogies are akin to your pastor’s style?

1.The walker.

They’re comfortable using their hands, and they walk around to “get in the zone.” For them, a wireless headset mic is a great fit. Whether they’re at the pulpit or roaming, this mic is closer to the sound source: their mouths.

2.The hugger.

They prefer to stay at the podium while preaching and use the mic as their center point. Sometimes, they constantly reposition the microphone, which can negatively alter sound and damage the mic over time.


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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