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Worship Summit Live 2020 had a wide selection of offerings about church video. However, one session on sound really stood out. Even the greatest video production will fall flat if the sound quality is low or detracting. Excellent audio is critical both in the worship space and on the live stream. Dr. Barry Hill is the author of "Mixing for God," and the director of the Audio and Music Program at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. He spent an hour during the summit showing how anyone can improve the sound quality at their church and on their live stream. Dr. Hill shared a list of things we can keep in mind whether we are a brand new volunteer or even an experienced audio professional helping others to learn best practices for audio. Here are some of the points he shared.
Barry's presentation starts off by challenging you to improve your church's audio system. In this video, you will learn about connecting microphones, stage boxes, using power amps and optimizing your main and stage speakers. If you are a volunteer or expert in audio production for your church you will learn about working an audio mixer and learning about mic preamps, aux sends and master aux outputs. The video outlines how microphones can be connected with stage boxes using a digital audio mixer or an analog XLR snake. After overhauling his own church's audio system Dr. Hill has also visited many churches who seek help in making the audio produced in their churches better. At his own church, Barry uses a digital audio mixer and he explains why he chose a Yamaha TF.