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Church Sound: Rate Your Audio Performance With This Handy Scorecard

A handy game-time checklist to help you rate how you're doing

By Chris Huff October 25, 2013

This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.

 
Here are 25 simple yes/no questions you can use to score your performance the next time you’re behind the mixer. I could easily come up with another 75, but these cover the basics. 

A scorecard is a great way to establish a baseline for where you are and where you can improve. Are you up for the challenge?

Simply add up which questions you answered “yes” to and see where you fall.

Pre-Service
1. Did I perform a line check before the musicians started practicing?

2. Did I perform a proper sound check (gain structure set, volume level’s set, and eq’ing)?

3. Did I get a schedule of events/songs for the service? (Optionally, did I create one if not?)

4. Did I set proper monitor levels so the band can hear themselves but it doesn’t blast the congregation?

5. Did I walk the room during practice to listen for the effects of room dynamics on the mix?

6. Did I review the schedule with the worship leader and pastor?

7. Did I test all recorded media (CD’s, DVD’s, etc)?

8. Did I test/replace all wireless microphone batteries?

9. Did I mix the songs to match the emotion/mood that is intended?

10. Did I tape down cables that could be a safety concern?

During the Service
1. Did I make EQ/volume changes during the first song that might have been required due to the presence of the crowd people in the room?

2. Was the service absent of audio feedback?

3. Did I make monitor changes or watch for indicators of monitor changes by the band?

4. Did I use the correct volume levels? 

5. Did I turn off channels when not in use?

6. Did I take any mix notes? (Can be notes of EQ settings or instrument problems like ‘Bob’s acoustic guitar pickup lacks good low-end sound’)

7. Did I record the sermon?

8. Did I hit all the cues? 

 

Don’t forget to read on to page two for the rest of the scorecard, including scoring!


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About Chris

Chris Huff
Chris Huff

Writer/Teacher/Author, BehindTheMixer.com
 
Chris Huff is a long-time practitioner of church sound and writes at Behind The Mixer, covering topics ranging from audio fundamentals to dealing with musicians – and everything in between.

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