In the past five or ten years, contemporary Christian churches have led the way in bringing fresh and often electrified music to the worship experience. In the space of a decade, more has happened to change the face of church music than in the prior century. The church organ now shares the stage with electric guitars, amps, keyboards and … drum kits.

Some pretend the problem doesn’t exist. For others, it used to be a badge of honor. The fact is, people know they can’t get their hearing back, so that’s, I think, where the “I’m cool — it doesn’t matter” attitude comes from. For the mainstream musicians, it’s a problem that affects every part of their life, not just their musical careers. The people who come to me privately don’t say the same things you may hear publicly.

His client list reads like a Who’s Who of the current music scene with Sensaphonic customers ranging from 50 Cent, Eminem and the Dave Mathews Band to the US Secret Service, NASA Astronauts and Indy Race teams.

Getting great live sound in houses of worship is the result of many factors. Not the least of these is mic placement. So if you’re not working with a full sound crew well versed in these techniques, we can help with some useful tips and guidelines.

In this issue, we’ll look at a typical praise band line-up – guitar, bass, keyboards, sax and drums. We’ll also include information you’ll find useful when thinking in general terms about microphone placement – the 3:1 Rule. . And while these guidelines are widely accepted in live sound performances, remember that it’s all about experimentation. What sounds right to you is … what’s right. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Getting the vocal sound you want in praise and worship can either be a matter of prayer and blessing, tradition (who could go wrong with the legendary SM58?), or better yet, understanding a few fundamental facts. In this article, we're going to demystify the mechanics and give you the guidelines you need to make the best decisions for your situation.

The world is full of choices: Regular or decaf? Cable or dish? CDs or vinyl? Microphone selection is no exception. One choice you'll have to make is wired or wireless.

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