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  • Thursday, February 04, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 02/04/16 06:49 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Whenever making new technology purchases or technology upgrades, it’s important to think through the reasoning behind them as well as the actual purchase/upgrade process. Here are five things to think about when evaluating technology. Does the technology further or enhance our mission as a church? In other words, what do you feel you can’t do now (or aren’t doing well) that is critical to your churches specific mission? Of course, this presupposes you… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureProductionAudioEducationInstallationTechnician

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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    Mike Sessler 01/19/16 06:41 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   There has been a lot of discussion about how loud we run our services. I got to thinking about this recently while going through a thread on the Church Sound Forum. The question was posed, “How loud at FOH?” The answers varied greatly, from in the mid 80s to well over 105 dB SPL. Then a debate ensued about whether the metering of the sound should be done with A-weighting, C-weighting, fast or… View this story
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  • Thursday, December 17, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 12/17/15 08:07 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   The other day I was pursuing one of the many online sound groups and came across a question from someone who I believe to be a volunteer sound tech at a church. He was asking if sound was subjective. He had been dealing with various other leaders in the church and was struggling to come up with a consensus on whether there was “good” sound or if it’s all in the ear of… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerLoudspeakerMeasurementMixerSignalSound Reinforcement

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 11/20/15 07:13 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   A few years ago, one of my younger readers asked me about a “hit by a bus list” (HBABL for short). So, I thought it might be good topic for an article. First, it might be helpful to define what at “hit by a bus list” even is. The definition may vary from church to church, but basically it seeks to answer the question, what happens if you’re hit by a bus on… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureProductionAudioDigitalEducationEthernetMixerSignalSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Thursday, November 05, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 11/05/15 07:30 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I love reverb on vocals. It stands to reason; I grew up in the 1970s and 80s, when there were many records made with tons of reverb on vocals. Today, the pendulum has swung the other way and vocal reverb has become more minimalist. I’m not necessarily against minimal reverb on vocals, but I do often think that reverb covers a multitude of sins. And when we’re mixing audio in churches, having a… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalSoftwareSound Reinforcement

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 10/22/15 05:28 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   This post grew out of a breakout session at a Willow Creek Arts Conference a few years ago. The session was titled “Thriving at Front of House,” and speakers included Robert Scovill, Chris Gille and Scott Ragsdale. I give Scovi credit in advance for much of the content herein. As usual, it will be interspersed with my thoughts and commentary. I hear from younger sound guys (an occasionally older ones) that they don’t… View this story
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  • Monday, September 28, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 09/28/15 05:43 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   I believe in being loyal. When I was a TD, I built several key relationships with vendors, manufacturers and reps and funneled as much business as I could to them. Rather than shop every single purchase, I went to one of my two vendors, got a price, and if it felt right, I placed the order. Same with gear. Once I found a company that made products that worked for me, I stuck… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallAVBusinessManufacturerSound ReinforcementSystemTechnician

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 09/08/15 05:47 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   The other day I was having lunch with a good friend of mine. We got to talking about the TD at a church we both know, and some struggles this guy was having with his facility. My friend asked this TD if he knew that the church that literally shared the parking lot with his had a lift, and would probably let him use it. The TD’s response was—to me anyway—shocking. He said… View this story
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  • Monday, August 10, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 08/10/15 06:31 AM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   Have you heard the expression “Stuff expands to fill the space available?” It was true in my life. When we lived in our first, tiny little house, we didn’t have that much stuff. In fact, it all fit in a single moving van when we bought our next, larger house. After 10 years there, however, we had a lot of stuff. In fact, the once empty basement was full. It took an interstate… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureProductionAudioBusinessEngineerSystemTechnician

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
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    Mike Sessler 07/23/15 12:09 PM,
    This article is provided by ChurchTechArts.   When I was writing my previous post on ProPresenter training, it occurred to me that I haven’t written about the one thing that we never want to talk about as TDs; removing people from the tech team. It seems completely counter-intuitive, after all. We’re told by leadership over and over we need to be growing our team; recruiting and expanding; adding more to the volunteer ranks. And while that’s true to some extent,… View this story
    Filed in: Church SoundFeatureStudy HallEducationEngineerSound ReinforcementStageTechnician



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