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MIXING TECHNIQUES FOR WORSHIP
What is a good mix?
The ability to hear each instruments/singers.
The audience does not focus on the sound system but rather the worship and remains engaged in worship.
What is the core of a good worship band?
Hear each other
Hear the lyrics
How to get a good mix?
Balance the instrument singers according to who should be the loudest to the softest
Listen to your favourite worship song and try to emulate it.
(write down what you hear from the loudest to the softest)
BALANCING MIX CHEAT SHEET
KICK DRUM // LEAD SINGER // LEADING INSTRUMENT
BASS GUITAR // BACK UP VOCALIST
ELECTRIC GUITAR // ACOUSTIC GUITAR // PIANO
SYNTH // PADS
How to use equaliser?
When boosting a band of frequencies, always WIDE
When cutting a band of frequencies, always NARROW
Find the most problematic/annoying/harsh/causing feedback frequency, this is done by boosting a narrow set of frequencies, then swipe it to the left and right to hear the disturbance. Once found, cut that frequency with a NARROW Q.
How to use compressor?
Start with the threshold, adjusting it lower until the compressor is attenuating the peak. this will help to reduce any over the top volume that can cause hearing damage etc.
Make sure the singers are singing their loudest.
Hey! I'm Bryan Limus, an audio engineer and music producer based in the tropical Borneo city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. I enjoy creating art. photography and building stuff whenever I can. I am a musician and also a live sound engineer creating killer mixes.