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Mike has been involved with church sound and live production for more than 25 years, and is the author of the Church Tech Arts blog. Based in Nashville, he serves as the Maker of Magic for Velocity Pro Systems, which provides design-build production solutions for churches and other facilities.
Latest Posts by Mike
Church Sound: Challenging Digital Myths
How many times have you heard this phrase: “If we had a digital sound board, we could save so much time on sound checks and…
Church Sound: When To Hire A Technical Arts Director
Many years ago I wrote an article on ChurchTechArts on which the following question was posed. I seem to get asked this question a lot…
Church Sound: Training Audio Volunteers
In most churches, front of house audio (FOH) is the most difficult tech job. It’s every bit as visible as song words (or presentation as…
Church Sound: The Intentional Tech
One of the most challenging aspects of doing production in a church setting is that church happens every week. During the week we have meetings,…
Church Sound: Why Hire A Systems Integrator?
I was recently asked by a reader for some suggestions on helping his church’s leadership understand the need to hire an integrator for new building…
Church Sound: Gear Snobs
Editor’s note: This one obviously goes back a few years, but the information is worthy of repeating. Audio folks can be snobs when it comes…
Church Sound: Strategies To Make It Work With Christmas Programs
Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless of course you happen to be a church sound person. Statistics show Christmas and Easter…
Back To Basics: Despite The Countless Tools Available, Sometimes Simpler Is Better
While I can’t prove it, I believe we’re living in the golden age of live audio, with loudspeakers, consoles and processing that’s better than ever.
Church Sound: Methods For Doing System Line Checks
One of those things that most sound people know they should do...
Church Sound: 2.5 Ways To Set Up Input Gain
One of those things you have to get right
Church Sound: Of All The Knobs On The Console, This One Is The Key…
Getting this right just makes your day go so much easier
Church Sound: Everything Is Amazing, And No One Is Happy
Editors note: This article goes back to 2012, but it’s a subject worthy of repeating… Louis CK has a bit in his routine where he…
Church Sound: The Cost Of Getting It Wrong
A few years ago, Tim Cool from Visioneering posted a thought-provoking post of the same name (…
Church Sound: Who’s In Charge Of Sound Check?
Who’s in charge of a sound check? While the answer could be, “it depends,” I would say 97.6 percent of the time in church settings,…
Church Sound: To Upgrade Systems And Technology… Or Not?
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…