Audio Mixing Consoles: Don’t Ignore Questions, Research, Budget

Considerations such as where the audio mixing console will be located play a large part about what console would be the perfect fit for your church.

Audio Mixing Consoles: Don’t Ignore Questions, Research, Budget
The first thing I think we need to decide on is what are we looking to do with the console? Is this for a youth room at a church, or is this for an overflow room, or elsewhere in the church? These questions might be easily answered, but they will help other important questions to surface.
Audio Mixing Consoles: Don’t Ignore Questions, Research, Budget
The first thing I think we need to decide on is what are we looking to do with the console? Is this for a youth room at a church, or is this for an overflow room, or elsewhere in the church? These questions might be easily answered, but they will help other important questions to surface.

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Technology within the last decade or so, has really taken a leap forward. This technology leap has really changed the functions and options, when it comes to audio mixing consoles. What you can do with using a digital console these days, would have only been available in high end rigs that toured the world a few years back.  Those rigs would have racks of gear to accomplish what now can be done in a single 24-strip platform.

Remember when answering these questions; always think more about your current needs.

The market has really dug into this technology boom, and every manufacturer is in high competition mode.  Each of them is trying to get their product out there. The competition has helped drive prices down with increasing functionality. This is a good thing for the consumer, who is looking for versatility, paired with low costs.

Let’s talk about things that I think need to be considered when considering an audio mixing console.

Lay Out Questions to Help in Decision-making

The first thing I think we need to decide on is what are we looking to do with the console? Is this for a youth room at a church, or is this for an overflow room, or elsewhere in the church? These questions might be easily answered, but they will help other important questions to surface. For example, how many inputs do I need, who will be using the console, how easy does it need to be to operate, and so on and so forth.

Just remember when answering these questions; always think more about your current needs. Leave room to grow and decide on a console that will have room for growth. If not, you will,  at some point down the road come to realize that you should have planned for more and not just enough.

Once all those questions are answered, then we can dive into all the different consoles that are out there.

Our goal here is to find a console that answers all the questions.  What you will come to find out is that there is a lot of manufacturers out there that will fit your situation.

Which poses the question, now what do I do from here?  Well I am glad you asked. 

Seeking Opinions on Various Consoles? Look to the Web

Social media outlets, such as forums and threads, are great to get people’s opinions on different consoles.  You can usually get true feedback on what they think, without someone just trying to sell their specific product.


More About David Bonilla
David Bonilla was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and was raised in Orlando, Fla. He's been a pastor's kid all his life. David started doing sound at his father's church at the age of 12. In 2004, he began to pursue a degree in communications at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors in Communication-Broadcasting degree. During his time at the school, he became the university's audio director, where his passion for audio grew. Shortly thereafter, he began working for a production company called Mabe Production and Installation in Lakeland, where he was the production supervisor and toured all over the United States. In 2010, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, to follow God's call and became the Audio Director of Westover Hills Assembly of God. From there, he worked and lived in St. Louis for three years, serving as the technical director for Church on the Rock. There he was in charge of all production needs for services. Recently, he returned to Lakeland, Fla., to once again work at Mabe Production & Installation, this time as the production manager. He lives in Orlando, Fla., and has been married seven years to his wife, Melissa, and has a daughter named Zariah.
Get in Touch: david@mabepro.com    More by David Bonilla

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