Role of an Audio Director: Aim for Best Sound, Learn How to Empower Others

In such a role, you should be checking on all your inputs and outputs, to make sure you are getting the absolute best sound that you possibly can. If you need to change the heads on your drum set, then do so.

Role of an Audio Director: Aim for Best Sound, Learn How to Empower Others
During a recent worship service, Granger Community Church Production Assistant Sebashtian Warrick works on a Lawo mc²56 console at the Granger, Indiana church.

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Role of an Audio Director: Aim for Best Sound, Learn How to Empower Others

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In the role of an audio director, most of us who are in such a position, fall into two different camps. On one side, the role requires you to mix every single weekend and it is your job to pay close attention to the overall audio experience. Then there is the other side, is where one is tasked in empowering volunteers to mix every weekend.

The more you can improve before rehearsal, the easier your job will be, once you get into it.

Either type of role can have different struggles and rewards.

If you mix every weekend, here are a couple things that I have found out to be helpful.

First, know what you are mixing. You should know each song well, very well. You should have a clear vision of what each song should sound like, and what you are trying to achieve in your room.

Second is going right along with the old saying, “start at the source.” You should be checking on all your inputs and outputs, to make sure you are getting the absolute best sound that you possibly can. If you need to change the heads on your drum set, then do so. Is that the best direct input for the bass?

The more you can improve before rehearsal, the easier your job will be, once you get into it.

Third is more of a reflective question: How are you preventing burn out? This is something we all face and it can sneak up on us at any time. You need to make sure you are getting fed spiritually. Only you can answer this, but just make sure you are getting fed, before it is too late.

If you are responsible to empower others, there are a few things that can help along the way as well.

Maybe most important aspect for that, is to set a clear vision for your volunteers. You should be setting up your team to win.

With a clear vision, it is going to help your volunteers know what you expect and what they can do to be successful.

A second way you can help, is to set a time aside for your team to grow. How is the team growing in their craft? How is the team growing spiritually? Is the team growing closer as a team? These are all questions you should be able to answer. Provide a space for people to come and learn, and help them grow.


More About Sebashtian Warrick
Sebashtian Warrick currently works at Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind., as a production assistant. He helps to coordinate, plan, and execute all things related to audio, video and lighting for the church's weekend experience. He has been doing production work for 10 years, and has had the pleasure of working with multiple artists, including and Grammy and Dove award winners. Sebashtian has been married for a year-and-a-half to his beautiful wife, Ashley.
Get in Touch: swarrick@gccwired.com    More by Sebashtian Warrick

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