All About Microphones

It has been awhile since I posted last, my goal is to post at least one thing per week for each of the three main branches of the tech team: audio, projection and lighting. So I will make Monday: All About Audio, today’s topic: microphones.

What they do, the different types, their pickup patterns, etc.

Please follow the link to a very detailed write up on microphones. Now I know there is a lot of reading there, but it is very valuable stuff and your working knowledge will expand greatly.

By the end you should be able to identify the different types of microphones we have at church and their best uses.


Line Arrays explained

Now this article doesn’t have a lot of impact on what we do at Grace, but it is very well written in helping you understand how sound works. I can see a lot of the guys getting the concepts and facts stated in this article.

How to Win the Stage Volume Battle

Really wise words here. We need to implement this style of mixing. In a perfect setup you set your gains where you need them and then you are not allowed to touch them the rest of the service. If you adjust the gain to get more presence in the house you just blasted that person or instrument out of the monitors and that has to be fixed…again. So gains, then house to make sure it all sounds good and you can hear everything properly, then go for the monitor levels. If we can do this we eliminate so many issues at once.