Role of an Audio Director: Help to Shepherd Each Member of Your Team

The members of my team are not there to serve me, and to make my job easier. I am trying to train and equip them as best as possible to do the job of mixing.

Role of an Audio Director: Help to Shepherd Each Member of Your Team
At Blue Ridge, knowing that there was a group of people, such as the introverts on my tech team, who just seemed to be getting left out of various activities coordinated at the church, I opted to start a weekly bible study at my house.
Role of an Audio Director: Help to Shepherd Each Member of Your Team
At Blue Ridge, knowing that there was a group of people, such as the introverts on my tech team, who just seemed to be getting left out of various activities coordinated at the church, I opted to start a weekly bible study at my house.

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One of the main reasons that becoming really good at mixing is crucial, is so that you are able to teach it to those other members on your team.

If God’s not at the core of what I’m doing, then I don’t need to be doing it.

If you are not able to teach what you know or do, to another member of your team, such as using compression or effects, that should be an obvious sign to you that you really don’t understand those areas well yourself.

If that’s the case, that’s OK, as it just means that you must go out and learn more.  There are so many great resources available today, that there is no reason to not learn.

In addition, it’s very important for you to listen to the original recordings of the songs that the band is trying to do. How are going to know what parts are what, and how loud they need to be if you don’t even know the song in the first place?

Your goal should be and try to mimic that mic with what you have onstage. It’s OK if you don’t reach your goal, but it’s important to strive for it. For whatever reason, most church musicians and engineers do not listen to the songs or style of music they do on Sundays, which often results in the music not sounding like the recordings, which can very disheartening for those who love those songs. At our church, we made a playlist of all the songs that our band would do. From there, we would play those songs in between services, so that everyone would become more familiar with the music.

There are many different philosophies regarding tech teams and what the role of volunteers are versus paid staff, so I thought I would go ahead and share what my philosophies are. As a full-time staff member who oversaw audio for the church, I viewed my role to serve and help those on my team. I wanted to set them up to succeed, and when they failed, most of the time it was because I did not set them up to succeed.

The members of my team are not there to serve me, and to make my job easier. I am trying to train and equip them as best as possible to do the job of mixing. So, when they have a great mix or a flawless service, I can rejoice with them, because they are serving as a response to God and who he is. Not because I nagged or begged, or guilt tripped them into joining the team.


More About Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson has for the past eight years worked full-time as both a technical director, and currently an assistant technical director, for two different churches. In addition, he has been both a professional drummer and audio engineer for the past 21 years. Working with many different artists along the way as a drummer, he has performed everything from jazz, rock, country, pop music. During this time, he also worked for different production companies and recording studios and started his own production company when living in Kansas City.
Get in Touch: mike@puresoundconcertsystems.com    More by Mike Anderson

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