This Article is About
snare drum
rack tom
kick drum
sound engineers
drum kit
quality training
inexperience
Sound For Worship Music Production - How To Do A Basic Sound Check
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Sound For Worship Music Production    -    How to Do A Basic Sound Check

There are tens of thousands of churches in America and a very large percentage of them utilize the service of volunteers for their sound tech teams. People kind enough to give their time and energy for the greater good but most of which have no professional training whatsoever. It is super important that the leadership of the house of worship or church understands how important it is to deliver quality training to these folks. If the sound team has minimal training the expectation of the quality of audio should be minimal as well. One of the most important aspects of getting consistently good audio quality from inexperienced sound techs is a great sound check. Running sound for worship music production can be stressful and a great sound check can help reduce that stress.

Do the sound check the same way every single time.

I've seen it so many times where the same sound tech will never do the sound check the same way, ever. Here is a guide that should be followed for new and inexperienced sound techs in order to develope habits and an expectation from the worship team. Always start with the drum kit. The drum kit takes the longest to get right and can set the stage for the rest of the sound check. If you had a room of 50 sound engineers you'd get 50 different variations of how do to a sound check. However for the inexperience tech heres how to do it, and be sure to do it this way every single time and in the same order.

Kick drum, snare drum, rack tom, rack tom, floor tom, hi hat, overheads.

Once the kit is good to go then ask the drummer and the bass player to play one of the songs that are going to be played during that weeks service. Make sure that they play a good 3-5 minutes together with only drum and bass so you can have enough time to set levels and work out any eq problems between the bass guitar and the kick drum. Next ask the electric guitar to start playing. Have them play again for 3-5 minutes together without stopping so you can get a good balance in volume for the guitar and do any eq tweaking that might be needed. If you're running a stereo sound system it would be a good idea to move the pan left or right a bit depending on what side of the stage the guitar player is standing on. If there are two electric guitar players add in the other electric guitar and repeat the same process as with the first electric guitar. Then add in the acoustic guitar. Same thing. Have them play for 3-5 minutes with the acoustic and make sure you set the volume of the acoustic accordingly. Acoustics for the most part are not lead instruments and should be used as texture and foundation not lead so ensure they don't get too loud in the mix. Then add in the keyboard or piano player. Again if you have a stereo sound system pan the keyboard hard left and right to get some space in the mix.

After the band has been checked and you have good levels set for the instruments then have the worship leader start the song from the beginning and get the volume levels for the vocals. Make sure if you have any background vocals that they are in fact mixed as background vocals.

The last suggestion that I'm going to make in this sound for music production guide is the slight usage of reverb. Reverb is an excellent way to help add some depth to your mix as well as smooth out pitchy vocals. I'd put a touch on the snare drum, rack and floor toms, a slight touch on the overheads, a bit on the acoustic guitar, piano/keyboard, as well as the vocals. Be careful not to "wash it out". You only need enough to add some depth. Listen to the "s" and "t" sounds. They will expose the depth of the reverb.

Hopefully this has been helpful in outlining a basic step by step approach to building a habit in the way you do your sound checks. If you don't get it right in the sound check, there is a great chance that it's not going to be right during the actual performance. You only get once chance in a live sound situation. Be sure to take full advantage of the sound check and above all else, make sure that the band is awake and playing like it's for real. You don't want them playing like it's a sound check. You want them playing like they are in front of 10,000 people.


Street Talk

Hi Eli, This is a very nice article. Thanks for the tips.

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
About the Snare Drum: The Flashy Member of the Drum Kit
A drum kit is made up of several components, each with a different sound. When played by a skilled drummer, with the right patterns, each piece of the drum kit comes alive and brings its own unique flavor to the mix. Of course we know the thump, thump, thump of…
By: Michael Bristol in  Arts and Entertainment   Dec 09, 2010  
0
  Likes: 0

Online Drum Lessons Beginners
Where to start? Before looking for online drum lessons beginners the first thing you will want to do as weather you are looking for online drum lessons or just looking for drumming tips to point you in the right way is to look at how you hold the sticks. You…
By: Kyle Cullen in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music   Sep 20, 2013  
0
  Likes: 3

Buy Drum Set
Here you will learn how to buy drum set that has everything you need to start playing the drums. I will be focusing on beginner level drum sets for teenagers and adults. When looking for a drum set, one of the first things to consider is how big of a…
By: Lucille Weidner in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Dec 30, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Parts Of A Drum Kit
The drum set is arguably the most iconic percussion instrument out there: it's used in almost every genre of music, it's loud, and it downright looks fun to play. But along with being fun, the drum set is also important. It is sometimes even called the backbone of all music.…
By: Matthew4 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Performing Arts   Dec 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Play Drums For Beginners
Learning how to play drums for beginners can be a daunting task. Reading music, rudiments, timing, counting, tuning your kit, lessons, and learning fills will all take time and practice. Understanding a few basics about how to go about progressing as a drummer will speed up the process quite a…
By: Carl1 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 20, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Different Drumming Styles: Different Strokes, of Course!
Music can mean different things to different people. When you say, “would you like to listen to some music?” to an entire group of people, they all expect something different. You turn on the stereo and some people will smile, some will frown and some might even leave. Different music,…
By: Christy Gee in  Arts and Entertainment   Dec 09, 2010  
0
  Likes: 1

Reading Drum Music
Reading drum sheet music can and is often glossed over or skipped completely for a lot of today’s modern drummer. The benefits of reading drum music are immense and once you have the basics down you can pretty much work it out for yourself from there. Being able to successfully…
By: Ryan Kuchel in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Drum Fills
Being able to play fills well is one of the most important skills as a drummer. A good drummer should be able to judge when and what type of fill to do in a song. The possibilities for types of fills are pretty much endless but it takes a good…
By: Ryan Kuchel in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 09, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Learn To Play the Drums
Do you have any rhythm? Can you tap your foot or snap your fingers to the beat of a song? If you answered yes, you can learn to play the drums. I'm sure you may have some questions about where to start. What kind of drums to buy? How many…
By: Carl1 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 20, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Tom Toms - How To Make Them Sound Great
Are you one of those drummers who can’t get a decent sound from your toms no matter how hard you try? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are a lot of drummer’s on the live music scene who do not know how to get the best sound out of their…
By: Ryan Kuchel in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 20, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Enhance Your Communication Skills With Voice Therapy London
Your voice is what makes the first impression, right after your appearance, when you speak to someone. It is a significant part of your personality and it is desirable to have a good voice. Unfortunately, not everyone is gifted with a great voice quality. However, this should not be any…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Reasons to Take Singing Lessons London
There are many advantages of taking singing lessons London which are not only good for your emotional wellbeing but also for everyday life. You can get professional voice coaching London to improve your voice quality and also to learn a new genre of music. When you opt for such lessons,…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Can I Learn Guitar?
It is a common fantasy of many; you are at a party in a friends' house or maybe all sitting around a fire on a warm summer evening. Everyone is chilling out and having a good time when you reach for the guitar and casually strum a few, well-known, mellow…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Best Way To Learn Guitar - The Secret Method
Learning an instrument is all about repetition. We need to practice and repeat the lessons or piece of music to enable our hands to get used to new movements and positions, and our minds to develop familiarity with a the mental process. It is like learning to tie your shoelaces,…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Feb 14, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Out Of The Dubturbo Sound Production Software Download
You are thinking about buying Dubturbo, the sound production software directed at the beginner, but there is not too much written about how to get the best out of it. There is only promotional stuff and you have to buy the program to get into the members area to see…
By: Steampunk Sound in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jul 29, 2011  
2
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1750    Report this Article