My Weekend Off…
This weekend was fun. I was scheduled to be off this weekend from Worship leading, so my other Worship leader had put together the service and I was going to enjoy some down time with the family. However, I received a last minute call from my sound tech that he had to work. So, I got to fill in for him.
Some of you know that my career was as a sound engineer. Working in live and studio sound. I miss it a ton. I am able to play here at church every once in a while and although I was looking forward to some down time this weekend. I smiled a little when I found out I was going to be working front of house.
So, anyway, it is always a pleasure to be in a different position on the weekends. It is easy to get into routines and have a limited perspective when I am on stage a lot. Once I step to the back of the room and take on another role, I really enjoy experiencing all the different things that come my way.
I love to hear our congregation sing. We use in-ear monitors, that block out all outside noise and help to keep stage volumes down. To combat complete separation from the congregation, we have setup some room mics that we can mix into our in-ears that allow us to hear what is going on around the room. This adds a wonderful dynamic to the overall sound as well as allows us to hear some singing and most definitely any type of verbal response. If you guys aren’t using room mics with your in-ears…give it a try!
The weekend didn’t go without some miscues. 2 to be exact.
#1 Saturday during our practice, we were having some monitoring issues. I have never done this before, but I literally blew up at one of our team members. Yikes…how stupid was I! Apologies were made and accepted and I really appreciate this persons willingness to forgive and forget.
#2 Sunday AM during our last service, I had finished recording the worship and needed to test the CD before I handed it off. Normally I just playback in our CD recorder, but I wanted to fast forward and it does not have a search. So, I dropped it in the CD player, which we never use. We use iTunes off the Mac for music playback. I can’t remember the last time we used the CD player. So, unknown to me , the CD player was routed to one of our floor monitors. When I pushed play…the recording blasted through the speakers. This was of course, in the middle of the sermon. Pastor Tom played it off nicely and continued without a hitch…but in my opinion the damage had been done.
Well, I haven’t had a lot to say…beside talking about food and poop, so I thought I’d just share the weekend with you. The picture is from my seat behind the console. Sorry it’s a bit blurry…it was via the iPhone 🙂
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