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  • Sunday, November 29, 2015
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    Chris Huff 11/29/15 12:45 PM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Lookout! The Christmas program is approaching!  The only think that sneaks up faster than Christmas is the church Christmas program.  For many of you volunteers out there holiday productions can be a daunting obstacle, but I’m here to help! Follow this cheat sheet for your Christmas (or other) productions and you’ll be certain to have everything you need this season. 1. Date/time of the program and any possible make-up date due… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureProductionAudioDigitalMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystem

  • Monday, October 26, 2015
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    Chris Huff 10/26/15 10:40 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   Can the congregation tell who’s mixing? The question is not for reasons of pride but for consistency. The congregation should hear a predictable mix each week, and when a new audio tech joins the team, this can be a problem. The new tech could be experienced or fresh off the street. Either way, the mix needs to conform to the standard sound set forth by the audio team. It can be… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
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    Chris Huff 10/15/15 05:14 AM,
    This article is provided by Behind The Mixer.   So there I was, hunkered down in the sound booth with the congregation rioting around me. Two instruments were vying for the same dominant frequencies and I could hear an elder yell, “MAKE THIS NIGHTMARE END!”  Sweat was pouring down my face. “Think man, think,” I told myself. “You’ve trained for this very type of scenario.” My hand reached for the channel EQ. I moved the mid-range sweep knob to 1,257… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEducationEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, September 21, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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



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