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  • Monday, September 21, 2015
    Chris Huff 09/21/15 06:02 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   A sound tech from Washington writes regarding finding the right house volume levels, “It’s either too loud for the elderly or too soft for the youth, or too much electric or not enough bass, it’s just impossible to please everyone.” My grandmother’s cooking immediately comes to mind. My grandmother was a good cook. I’m not talking “Paula Dean with butter in everything” or “Bobby Flay with everything jazzed up.“ I’m talking… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    Chris Huff 09/08/15 10:57 AM,
    In 1878, a room full of people watched Thomas Edison’s new phonograph spin and heard a voice read “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Despite the excitement of hearing the first audio recording, I’ll bet someone thought, “That sounds like crap.” Having heard the recording, I agree. Mixing the spoken word is a task in itself, but to mix singers and blend them with a band is an even more daunting task. Singers produce a range of sounds, good and bad,… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogConsolesDigitalEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2015
    Chris Huff 09/02/15 05:19 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Nothing’s more frustrating than creating a sub-par mix because the musicians don’t understand what they’re doing and the audio engineer doesn’t have the authority to say anything. In church audio, a professional level of musicianship can’t be demanded but musicians do need to think like professionals.

 Such musicians aren’t intentionally causing problems. They’ve adopted poor habits or aren’t able to perform at the expected level. The mix suffers and the congregation… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingEngineerStage

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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    Chris Huff 08/26/15 12:44 PM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   I’ve never told the musicians why I walk out on them.  Even if I did, I don’t know if they’d believe me.  They aren’t around, so I’ll tell you.  I do it because of Harvey Fletcher and Wilden A. Munson. Harvey and Wilden were navigating through the Amazon rainforest in 1937 when they stumbled upon a one-of-a-kind find.  Hidden behind a thicket of brush and guarded by snakes (“why did it… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureProductionAudioEngineerMeasurementProcessorSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, July 31, 2015
    Chris Huff 07/31/15 12:41 PM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Critiquing your mix is one of the best ways improving your mix.  You’ll improve the mix for the next week but you can also immediately improve your mix for the song you are critiquing. Today, I’m kicking out the questions you must ask, concerning your mix, as well as a new method I’ve been using. Top 11 Questions to Ask of Your Mix 1) Can I hear all the musicians and… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Chris Huff 07/16/15 07:01 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Churches aren’t packed with angelic voices, at least from an audio engineer’s perspective. Instead, there’s a variety of vocal talent; from the first-timer to the experienced singer and if one’s lucky, a trained singer. But the real problem isn’t the talent level, it’s what they’re tasked to do. A common production phrase says the quality of the mix depends on the quality of sound coming from the stage. It’s for this… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureNewsStudy HallEngineerMixerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Chris Huff 06/24/15 07:04 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Water was streaming out the end of our driveway. The main water pipe going to the house had sprung a leak.  There were only two ways of fixing the problem; digging up the driveway for finding and repairing the leak or running a new line without disturbing the driveway at all.  A problem with an audio cable isn’t always solved by running a new cable. Sometimes you’ve got to look under… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallInterconnectSound Reinforcement

  • Monday, June 08, 2015
    Chris Huff 06/08/15 08:28 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   I call it the Bryan Adams curse. In the mid-1980s, his music was heard on every station with a music format of top 40, adult contemporary, and even smooth jazz. From his rock songs to his ballads, his music was everywhere. Today, I’m apt to switch stations when I hear one. But what if he released remixes of his music? I’m listening. The Bryan Adams curse doesn’t often happen with artists.… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureNewsOpinionStudy HallEducationEngineer

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
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    Chris Huff 05/29/15 07:27 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Kent Morris said, “live music is about the energy.“  That’s so true. Where does that energy come from? How do you control it?  And why can it sometimes be so hard to find?  All questions that will soon be answered. Phil Coulter, on his Highland Cathedral album, has a song that’s dedicated to the drums. It starts out with a few lines of verse that highlights the importance of the drums… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeaturePollStudy HallConsolesEthernetMixerSound Reinforcement

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Chris Huff 05/26/15 01:36 PM,
    Forget the faders, knobs, and digital displays – flip the console around and show off your superhero skills. Those mind-mannered auxiliary sends are for more than monitor mixes. Aux sends, controllable at both channel and master levels, provide solutions to six unique challenges that range from communication to improvising a stage subwoofer. 1: Mix A Better Recording A single-track house mix recording never sounds the same when compared to the live event – fact of life. When multi-track recording isn’t… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVConsolesEducationEngineerMixerSignalSound ReinforcementStageSubwoofer