Over almost the past year, I’ve been looking into better tech training options for the production volunteers at National Community Church. It’s a little bit of a challenge to keep my volunteers up to speed because the turnover rate in the Washington DC area is so high. As all church tech guys know, running tech for an event is not only a learned skill, but an art…sort of like playing a musical instrument.
Anyway, since NCC is multisite, I was looking for a great way to do some hands-on mix training where the volunteers could just hang out and take the time to learn and play with what the mixing console controls do, how EQ works and reacts…basically, run sound with no pressure! So, I contacted a friend of mine from Worship MD named Doug Gould. Doug has had a background in audio for many years including working for companies like Shure and now his company helps to market brands like Audio Technica, Aviom, Presonus, Planet Waves, Ultimate Ears, Vox, and Waves plug-in’s.
Doug brought in six Presonus 16.0.2 consoles which we fed with signal from a full band through Aviom I/O and a master Presonus 24.4.2 console. Doug talked through gain structure, signal flow, EQ, compression, and other mix basics that would benefit church techs. Then, we turned the volunteers loose on the consoles with some tracks playing and gave them time to mix full band stuff with the Presonus console. They were able to experiment with gain structure, EQ, compression, and gating. It was really critical since NCC is multisite and there’s alot of pressure to get the mix and all the production gear set up and simply GO! They were able to try new things, experiment, create a mix in a relaxed environment and get instant feedback and critique. NCC will certainly be using Doug and Worship MD in the future for some of the training we will be doing.
Here’s a few pictures from the event we held at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill in DC.