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Articles Tagged M. Erik Matlock

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 06/08/16 10:28 AM,
    Church on the Move (COTM) in Tulsa is the home to Pastor Willie George, a passionate minister who was first introduced to me through a series of videos that my oldest daughter watched in children’s church. That was over 20 years ago, and COTM has since grown into one of the most respected and well-known churches in America. At the helm of the church’s seven-day-a-week schedule, assuming responsibility for all aspects of live production, is another person I’ve found to… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureEngineer

  • Friday, June 03, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 06/03/16 06:13 AM,
    In November of 1997, I ruined my wife’s life. Well, maybe not her life… But definitely the way she listens to music. After explaining the mixing process and how we listen to specific sounds and their relationship to other sounds, she began listening differently. She began to point out reverb tails. She noticed variations to drum tones and the amount of distortion on guitars. She even picked up on loops versus recorded instruments occasionally. During a road trip, we were… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogOpinionEngineerStudio

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 05/19/16 11:06 AM,
    A recent conversation with another engineer got me thinking about experiences that shaped my skills. While in the trenches, certain restrictions and limitations were aggravating and occasionally provoked fits of rage. However, in hindsight, those same events were actually beneficial to developing my skills. Budget Restrictions Many, many…. many years working with churches teaches you one incredibly important skill… Making do with what you have. Part of what established me as a moderately well-respected system installer was my understanding of… View this story
    Filed in: ProductionFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallProductionAudioAVBusinessEngineerSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 04/27/16 10:34 AM,
    If you happen to make your living from this industry, I have a thought for you to consider… Learn the art of customer service. Good luck with that idea, though. There aren’t a lot of great examples anymore. Just pick a random memory from any recent trip to a big box store or restaurant. Chances are, you encountered someone who hates their job, despises customers and has no intention of positively representing the company that is currently providing their paycheck.… View this story
    Filed in: AVFeatureBlogOpinionAVBusinessEngineer

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 04/20/16 11:17 AM,
    Several times, over the course of working with my last crew, we had situations involving clients who didn’t hold up their end of the deal. It was fascinating and challenging to resolve these problems. On one festival stage, the client had followed only part of our standard agreement. The deposit was half of the fee for building a stage, sound system and lighting rig. The deal was that as soon as everything was in place and operational, the balance was… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallProductionLightingStagingAVBusinessConcertSound Reinforcement

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 04/13/16 05:51 AM,
    “Define rhythm.” This was the simple command of an instructor in recording school. A challenge to define a word we all understood, but couldn’t seem to articulate. “Rhythm is the anticipation of events. We know to clap on four based on our pattern from one, two and three.” His words. Maybe not the way Webster would spell it out, but an effective interpretation. That discussion summarized much about life in general, as well as the production industry. Businesses grow and… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessConcertSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 03/16/16 05:59 AM,
    This article is an excerpt from the book, “Basic Training for the Church Audio Technician.” One thing that often leads to a tech learning about their system quickly is the upgrade or construction process. When gear is replaced or a new system is installed, plenty of opportunities arise to learn quickly. There are few ways to learn faster, than when you are trying to solve a problem. Something failed. Something changed and requires different equipment. New construction that requires a… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallAVBusinessInstallationSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 03/09/16 01:23 PM,
    After repeatedly retraining a young apprentice on the same task, I discovered myself rapidly losing the grasp of whatever social skills I had retained. We had been working together for weeks, yet he still refused to follow my simple directions. He insisted on doing a routine task in any way other than the one I had shown him. Nearing the end of my rope, I attempted to redirect his efforts one last time. However, he interrupted my coaching with two… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallBusinessConcertEducationEngineerInstallationSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 02/24/16 07:19 AM,
    As a large human, you can rest assured that I know a few things about food. Following a similar train of thought, after more than twenty years in professional audio, I know a little about sound. I guess my ears serve a similar purpose as my taste buds. They know what they like. That concept hit me after a shopping error, when unintentionally purchased a box of artificially flavored instant grits. Not just any artificial flavor, either. This packaging claimed… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogOpinionStudy HallConcertEngineerProcessorSound ReinforcementStage

  • Thursday, February 18, 2016
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    M. Erik Matlock 02/18/16 06:47 AM,
    I will now make a statement that will, in a very broad stroke, apply to almost everyone reading this. “You are not an idiot.” Now, keep in mind that this isn’t a 100% true statement for everyone. Some folks are just bound and determined to wear a name tag with “Idiot” on it. But, for most of us, I think it’s safe to say we aren’t. Want to know why? Because we are all completely unique individuals. Each of us… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerTechnician



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