Role of an Audio Director: Start by Being Prepared, Ready, Friendly

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Role of an Audio Director: Start by Being Prepared, Ready, Friendly
If you are not friends with your band and singers already, start today. You will find they are great people with families, jobs, successes, and failures in their lives just like you.
Role of an Audio Director: Start by Being Prepared, Ready, Friendly
If you are not friends with your band and singers already, start today. You will find they are great people with families, jobs, successes, and failures in their lives just like you.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
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So why would a church hire on a part- or full-time audio director? Great question!

You will never achieve a solid house mix if the band is not “dialed in” on stage.

Typically, the lead pastor and the worship pastor (or leader) are responsible for their portion of the service. The lead pastor most often is tasked with the preaching, while the worship pastor deals with the music and creative. While they may be different personalities, they both usually want consistency.

One of the main reasons people don’t bring their friends to church is they are unsure from week to week what it will be like. Sometimes it’s to loud, sometimes it’s hard to hear. Even the pastor’s mic is inconsistent each week.

People notice these things.

Many churches have a heavy focus on the music itself. That being said, positions are needed to get a consistent musical standard each week. A music director and an audio director help to accomplish this. And while an AD maybe in charge of audio in all the venues on the campus (or even on the multi-sites), the primary focus is usually audio mixing in the main auditorium for weekend services. Therefore, the services should be consistent in sound, tone, and volume. The others who mix can then adhere to that very baseline. Striving to make sure that the audience didn’t realize there is someone different mixing, from week to week. Consistency was always in the forefront of our process.

So how can you be a great Audio Director?

Be Prepared.

Get ahead of the game and find out exactly what’s happening before game day. Stage plots and input lists are crucial. With all the tools at our disposal, there is no excuse for not being prepared. Programs like Google Sketch-Up – which are essentially free – can help you virtually set up the stage. Use Planning Center’s Stage Layout function to get an idea of what goes where.

Be Ready.

All too often, the sound team arrives just before the band and sets up as the band is setting up. This doesn’t give the band, and certainly the worship leader, confidence that things will go well. 

Get there early and make sure that everything is ready and checked, before the band is set to arrive. If you can, set up the day before. This will give you time to line check and troubleshoot, without pressure or distraction. I know that this one is hard because we all have busy lives, but it pays off.


More About Van Metschke
Van is the Church Relations guy at CCI Solutions located in Olympia, Wash. He is co-host of the Church Tech Weekly podcast. Van spent almost two decades on church technical staff and has accrued almost more than 30 years experience in live production and system integration. He can be found on Twitter @thesoundbooth.
Get in Touch: vmetschke@ccisolutions.com    More by Van Metschke

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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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