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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For them, I recommend podium mics that are available in many lengths, choosing the correct one will produce consistent sound among multiple users.

Uniformity around the mic capsule is also very desirable, as it lets them turn their heads slightly — or look down and up to their PowerPoint presentations — without sounding off-mic. Without this uniformity, intelligibility and sound reinforcement suffer, as the sound level goes up and down.

3.The unpredictable preacher.

They use PowerPoint presentations, show a video, or both. One minute, they’re at the pulpit; the next, they’re walking into the congregation! They move a lot — looking back or up at the PowerPoint, sipping their coffee …

Here again, a podium microphone is a great fit. I’ve seen pastors walk five or six feet away from the pulpit and still be understood, if they use a premium microphone designed for this type of use.

Another option is a wireless directional headset, or lavalier lapel mic, or both. Yes, maybe this preacher needs two mics.

When he’s in the moment, your sound team should be equipped to technically follow the production.

4. A few band thoughts.

When it comes to mixing a worship band, using proper techniques can ensure premium sound for the vocalist and band. Every microphone should receive the same amount of care and consideration as the pastor’s microphone, if your budget permits. While some members of the congregation may prefer the sermon from the pastor, others may desire the hymns and sounds from the choir or worship band.

A very important aspect of clear accurate sound is setting up monitor mixes for the band. This requires training the band members to listen to their stage volume with the monitors turned off. Let them tell what they can and cannot hear. That is where you can keep the unwanted sound out of the monitor wedges, and therefore create a great environment for musical intelligibility.

If left to the band, they will tell you that they want everything in their monitors and that will surely prove destructive and sound horrible. Achieve better audio management by designing what you do not want to hear in the room!

Train the performer and the volunteer engineer by giving them both confidence in having dialogue with each other, instead of never talking about the production workflow.

Confidence breeds confidence.

Don’t be shy, Good sound is critical to all who attend the service!

Proper management of these techniques will document these practices to ensure repeatable success with all sound mixers. The smart worship center will always have a sound supervisor appointed to oversee 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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