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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 08/27/15 09:30 AM,
    Many years ago, we hosted a three day worship arts conference. Not like the conferences I was paid to do, traveling around the country with large budgets and excessive amounts of gear. This one confined me to my home church, with no budget and no warehouse full of touring grade audio toys. It would prove to be a challenge to my maniacal, control-freak nature which served promoters and bands so well during my career. Basically, this conference was about various… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureOpinionConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Monday, August 17, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 08/17/15 11:00 AM,
    Do not read this article. You’re probably looking for technical advice and I’m not that guy. We have many fine authors on PSW, including Chris Huff and Mike Sessler and Curt Taipale and many others for that. They’re the church sound gurus. Not me. I’m just the guy who writes the foundational stuff about survival. Not losing your mind. Dealing with pastors and leaders and your own families. All the stuff we already know but sometimes forget. But since you’ve… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerSound Reinforcement

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    M. Erik Matlock 08/17/15 07:22 AM,
    During the late nineties, Russia was going through some pretty dramatic changes. One of the big ones was opening up to allow churches to come in. Many Americans were arriving to serve as missionaries while that door was open, including a family that we knew. Within a year, they were part of a rapidly growing church that met in a large (rented) theater space in Moscow. Someone donated money and equipment for a portable system, and they managed to put… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureEngineerMixerMonitoringSound ReinforcementStudio

  • Friday, July 03, 2015
    M. Erik Matlock 07/03/15 12:28 PM,
    Garth Brooks is back. Following a 13-year hiatus from touring, the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood has been on the road for several months in support of his latest album, Man Against Machine, continuing on an open-ended basis in selling out arenas across North America. Prior to announcing his retirement in 2001, Brooks had undoubtedly been the top-selling recording artist on the planet for a decade. His first album, released in 1989, peaked at number 2 on the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureNewsConcertConsolesDigitalEngineerLine ArrayLoudspeakerMonitoringProcessorSoftwareSound ReinforcementStageSubwooferWireless

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    M. Erik Matlock 07/03/15 05:34 AM,
    “Seriously?” That was my response when I was asked to help record a live album inside a prison. It was 1998 and I was only nine months out of recording school. The person asking for assistance was my friend Larry Howard, who’d been working inside of penitentiaries for years with Prison Fellowship Ministries. He explained the deal. We would break down our entire recording studio and all the gear we had, load it into a moving van, and drive it… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundFeatureConcertEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Monday, March 02, 2015
    church sound
    M. Erik Matlock 03/02/15 07:40 AM,
    This article is provided by The Art Of The Soundcheck.   The following article is excerpted from the book “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician” by M. Erik Matlock. As a church tech, what is your real job? It’s a question that can spark endless debates. Usually, when I ask it, I get a list of responsibilities. Various tasks and assignments that are all part of the job. Rarely do I hear the response that I want. Your job,… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Friday, June 06, 2014
    audio career
    M. Erik Matlock 06/06/14 08:11 AM,
    This article is provided by The Art Of The Soundcheck.   I worked with a guy in my early days as a tech who we referred to as “the little Nazi.” He was an arrogant, obnoxious, argumentative, know-it-all pain in the butt. He aggravated us and went out of his way to make life difficult. He criticized me and singled me out. He got irritated with me over stuff that absolutely was not a big deal. He also did more… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionBusinessConsolesEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioTechnician

  • Friday, January 17, 2014
    live sound
    M. Erik Matlock 01/17/14 04:38 PM,
    This article is provided by The Art Of The Soundcheck.   What would you say is the most valuable skill in our industry? I recall a top mix engineer saying that he wants to work with sound team members that have an innate understanding of signal flow and a good attitude. I agree. Absolutely. But, I’d like to add another highly valuable skill: simply, a teachable desire to improve. The definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallTrainingBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioTechnician

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    live sound
    M. Erik Matlock 09/10/13 04:57 PM,
    This article is provided by The Art Of The Soundcheck.   I recently received an email from a reader asking how to get started in the audio business. I had to think about it for a while, hope this helps someone. I was drafted…several times. I wasn’t even trying to get into the business. I just found a world I wanted to be a part of. Someone told me once to “put your body where your calling is.” Basically, if… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogBusinessEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStudioTechnician

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    live sound
    M. Erik Matlock 08/27/13 04:26 PM,
    This article is provided by The Art Of The Soundcheck.   The check. Yes, the goal of the business. Getting paid. I was told once that there are three parts of the gig: 1) Getting the gig. 2) Working the gig. 3) Collecting the check. It’s like three legs on a stool. All three need to be there or you have a problem. If you are a volunteer at a church, this is irrelevant, at least until you transition into… View this story
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