Church Sound Boot Camp will be presenting How to Get the Sounds, a unique educational workshop to be held in Lewisville, TX (just outside of Dallas) later this week, on August 13-15 at the First Baptist Church of Lewisville.
Presented by noted educator and system designer Curt Taipale (Taipale Media Systems), Church Sound Boot Camp has helped church sound teams raise the bar of technical excellence—without stress—in equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to make clearly noticeable improvements to the quality of their sound.
How to Get the Sounds adds another dimension to the process of raising the level of sound quality for worship services. The workshop kicks off the evening of Thursday, August 13, with an interactive study of how to get great drum sound. The session will be led by drummer Carl Albrecht, a veteran of hundreds of recording projects, starting with the Integrity Hosanna projects in the 1980’s to today where he plays drums with the Paul Baloche Band.
“The art of tuning a drum set is elusive,” Taipale says. “I’ve worked with hundreds of drummers during my career, many that have been playing for years, and yet I am continually surprised how many struggle with getting a great sound. So our work together will focus both on learning how to tune a set of drums, mic technique, and using console EQ to capture a sound quality that really works for your worship team.”
The next day (Friday, August 14), attention shifts to acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar, where again, the focus will be on tonal quality. This segment will be hosted by seasoned pro guitarist Quinten Hope. Following that, the focus moves to grand piano, electronic keyboards, and as Taipale notes, “anything else we can get our hands on.” The remainder of the day will be invested in exploring more orchestral instruments, including strings, woodwinds and brass.
“Granted, fewer churches find themselves using orchestral instruments these days, but a seasoned sound engineer still knows how to understand each instrument and how to approach miking them,” Taipale states. “Solo vocals. Ensemble vocals. Choir vocals. Kids vocals. We’ll talk about it all, including a tech’s need to keep re-training vocalists how to properly use a microphone, good choices of mics, blending vocal harmonies, miking vocal ensembles, and how to mic your choir.”
To further assist in this process, a recording of a 60-voice choir recorded with 18 different microphones (that’s not a typo), will be played in an experiment that’s both revealing and fun. Attendees will be asked to vote on their favorite recording version.
On the final day (Saturday, August 15), the goal is putting it all together, with a dive into equalization, compressors, limiters, and expanders. A key part of this process will be learning when and how to use the tools effectively. “We’ll show what to listen for, how much is too much, and maybe just as important—when not to use them,” Taipale adds.
It’s all capped off by demonstrating how to build a quality mix, what to listen for, tricks to make it simple, pitfalls to avoid, and optional approaches. This will also branch off into putting together multiple monitor mixes for floor wedges and for in-ear monitors. “We’re glad to stay and talk about mixing as long as you want to—and as long as our gracious host church will allow!” Taipale states.
Go here to find out more—and to register—for the How to Get the Sounds workshop presented by Church Sound Boot Camp. Walk-in attendees are also welcome.
Also note that standard Church Sound Boot Camp sessions are coming up July 24 and 25 in Denver and October 2 and 3 in San Diego. Learn more and register here.