The Most Common Mistake Church Sound Engineers Make


Being a church sound engineer is sometimes a thankless job.

Most people only notice these committed members of the worship team if they’ve made a mistake (or if the system malfunctions).

And, oh, people love to point out sound mistakes and malfunctions.

They never get a break.

And they’re not about to now. (Sorry, guys)

The most common mistake, in my opinion, that church sound engineers make is only focusing on the music.

Very often, musicians receive pristine treatment while the speaker’s mic and pack receive little or no attention. In many churches (and conferences and camps), the sound engineer leaves his post when the speaker begins in order to chat with the musicians.

Worship services are often designed, from beginning to end, to lead to a common goal, which are most often communicated in the sermon. If that’s the case, isn’t it obvious that the words spoken in a worship service should be as clear as the music that is played?

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