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“I’m Praying For You”

All of us have struggles and questions in life.  Confusion and questions can torment our thoughts and heart regardless of how well we’re doing or even how good things can be.

Typically, in our American culture, we grab coffee while we hang out and talk.  It’s common for most of us.  I did just that with a friend last week while he explained in great detail what was going on in his life and a struggle he was dealing with.  Sometimes, things are just out of our control which is difficult because we don’t like to feel so unsure of what is going to happen next.  We hate not being positive whether we are going to get what we need or not. Continue Reading…

Allen & Heath GLD console – Hands-On Review

Over the past few years, the small format digital console market has taken some huge leaps.  Before, the Yamaha LS9 kind of had a lockdown on the market simply because it was one of the only consoles in the price range with those capabilities so, naturally, it became popular.  In recent years, that has changed significantly with the release of consoles such as the Presonus StudioLive, Roland V-mixing system, Soundcraft Si compact series, and now Allen & Heath’s GLD series.

I have heard of some people comparing the GLD to the Avid SC48 and honestly, I don’t think that’s fair.  The price range is vastly different and you would be better advised to compare the SC48 to the Allen & Heath iLive T112 with an iDR-48 stage rack as they are way more comparable.

At National Community Church, we already have two iLives (a T112 with an iDR48 and an i112 with an iDR10 modular rack) and our volunteers love them because they are so easy to mix on and sound great.  I’ve been mixing on the iLive among other consoles while I was at Valley Forge Christian College and have almost 5 years of experience with Allen & Heath digital consoles.  When we were looking for NCC’s theater locations to replace our analog GL consoles and Whirlwind snakes which are starting to show their age and the GLD was released, I knew this was the console for NCC.

The Grand Opening

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Learning to be okay with Over Communication

Sunday morning is full of pressure, stress and distraction.  I wrote about how to deal with and minimize distractions in the tech world in a Sunday| Magazine article that was released earlier this week.

Our volunteer base is just as susceptible to this as we are.  However, as a technical director, we’re held to a higher standard because of our leadership position.  We set the example to those we lead.  If we as tech directors are slacking and not paying attention, it’s even worse because we’re responsible for what happens.

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National Community Church Protégé Program

Many of you who check out my blog on a regular basis know that I work on staff at National Community Church.  One of the programs that we have here is the Protégé program.  The Protégé Program is a training and proving ground for emerging church leaders. During your Protégé year, a protégé will accumulate valuable experience, mentors, and knowledge that will prepare them for stepping into the next phase of their God-given calling.

If this sounds cool to you, we’re still accepting applications for various roles in the church, including our media and production departments up until May 25.

Check out: http://theaterchurch.com/about/protege/ for more information!

National Community Church on the NBC Today Show

A few weeks back, NBC’s “Today Show” came to NCC and interviewed our Lead Pastor Mark Batterson, some of our staff and congregation.  It was a little bit of a crazy morning for production because we also mixed the worship band audio that is on the video broadcast.  I’m actually quite satisfied with how it came out since it was straight off the console.

Anyway, check out the video on the NCC website by clicking here.

 

Creating an artistic mix

Recently, I wrote an article for Sunday| Magazine about Getting a Consistant Mix from Different Techs.  The concepts and methods in that article are sort of a preface for creating an artistic mix.

We get so worked up gear, what levels we have to run at or what we think the EQ curve on our console graph should look like that we forget about what its really supposed to sound like and what we are actually doing as audio engineers.  I blogged about mixing with your ears instead of your eyes a while back as well.

This is why the topic of mixing artistically is so important.   Continue Reading…

Sunday| Mag article: Getting a consistant mix

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve heard me talk about Sunday| Magazine.  It’s an awesome resource for not only techs, designers and creatives in the church but for worship teams, leadership and other leaders that pour themselves into creating a great experience each Sunday at church.  The man behind it all is Jonathan Malm who has become pretty well known in the church tech and stage design circles as a result of the great websites he runs.

I was privileged to write once again for the second issue of Sunday| Magazine.  In this issue, it focuses on curating rather then creating.  I could go into how amazing I think that concept is but I don’t want to take the fun away.  Go to www.sundaymag.tv to subscribe and read it.

My article is on “Getting a Consistant Mix from Different Techs“.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  I always love to get feedback and hear what people’s rections and impressions are.

Creative Burnout and Significance in the Journey

We do what we do because we love it.  If you work in a creative field and don’t love it, you simply cannot excel at it because of how much heart is behind what you do.  But, even those who are passionate about what they do might be almost too passionate and wind up burning themselves out.

In a field like technical ministries, design, or something along those lines, we tend to view what we do in a very project driven mind set.  I know that’s true of me.  I feel like I accomplished something when I can stand back and see a fully-functional, complete and whole project finished.

We become possessive of what we do and what we’ve made instead of giving that project back to God as an offering of worship.  Then, when someone else critiques or criticizes (constructively or not), we become defensive and argue why we we think our methods and our ideas are best.  While that may be true, we need to remember that we function within a body of leaders who are all working towards the same goal. Continue Reading…

Check out Sunday| Magazine launching March 1st

If you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve been talking about Sunday| Magazine for a while.

At WFX in 2011, I was introduced to Jonathan Malm who is the creator of websites like Church Stage Design Ideas as well as his self-branded creative inspiration site and new new Sunday| Magazine which launches March 1st.  As we talked, Sunday came up and ultimately, I was given the incredible opportunity to write it.

His concept behind the magazine is what really has impressed me. Continue Reading…

Brad Keselowski tweets from car during Daytona delay

This afternoon, at lunch, I was talking with one of my co-workers about how at random times I’ll tweet articles and randomly get alot of hits or I’ll tweet something completely off topic and because my blog link is in my Twitter description, I’ll get a spike in hits.

A perfect example of this is Brad Keselowski, the driver of the #2 Miller Lite car in the Nascar Sprint Cup who randomly tweeted a picture during a red flag period of the Daytona 500 this evening.   Continue Reading…

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