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Creating Depth with Reverb

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

I hit on a cool trick this past week while putting together our Good Friday service. The last song, Jesus Paid it All, starts off very sparsely then builds to the crescendo of the entire service (before falling away to a single heartbeat and silence). 

The first verse is played instrumentally, led by the B3, followed by the first chorus which is sung fairly far off mic. The next verse is led by the sax, with the vocals coming a little closer to the mic for the second chorus. Our worship leader leads the third verse with the chorus being sung right on the mic. It then builds into a refrain of “O praise the One who paid my debt, who raised His life up from the dead.” The song has over 30 dB SPL of dynamic range (starts in the 70s, ends over 100), and I wanted to find a way to emphasize that range.

I decided to create some depth with reverb. The first chorus, sung off mic, was to be the “farthest away.” I set my decay time on the hall reverb (used for the BGVs) to a whole note of the song, in this case 3.2 seconds. I also had an almost equal amount of dry and wet sound in the mix. The second chorus gets closer to the mic, and I dropped the decay time to 2.4 seconds, and pulled back the level of the verb. For the third chorus, I dropped the decay time back to 1.6 seconds, and gradually pulled the level down as the song built. 

By the end, I had almost no reverb in the mix and the vocals were right in your face. The ending effect felt like the vocal team started off far, far away and came right into the auditorium in full force. It was a simple effect to do, yet added a ton of dimension to the experience. 

 

Better Drum Sounds - the hi-hat

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Just this morning, our guitar player asked, "Hey Dave, is the hi-hat loud enough out there?"  He obviously wasn't hearing it on the stage.  Here are some great tips from Audix on how to make the hi-hat fit better into the mix.  After all, if you can't hear an instrument in the mix, why bother playing it? 

   

How to Make Your Rechargeable Batteries Last Longer

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by Mike Sessler, ChurchTechArts.org

Though I’ve been using rechargeable batteries for almost 6 years now, I’m still learning the best way to maximize their life and run time. I am a firm believer in continuing education, and we try to monitor the life of our batteries, look at the data and feed that information back into our systems that get tweaked for better performance. 

As I said in my previous post about batteries, I was a little disappointed in the life I got of my first set of AAs. I don’t blame the manufacturer; I suspect we didn’t use them in a way to maximize their life. So we’ve made a few changes. These changes are based on our usage patterns, so consider them as principles we’re trying, not absolutes to follow.

Rotate

The first thing I did was to establish a rotation pattern for our batteries. We have 32 AAs in stock, and use 12-16 for a normal weekend. However, now that I have a team of volunteers who help set up on Saturday (and this includes getting batteries for the mic’s), I noticed that they would gravitate toward some of the chargers and leave the batteries on the other ones. I suspect this led to some of the batteries being used a lot more often than others. This would explain why I have 12 or so batteries from the original set that still work great, and others that are pretty much done for.

Read more: How to Make Your Rechargeable Batteries Last Longer

   

The Season of the Switch

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More and more high profile artists are switching to the RC wireless capsules from Heil Sound. The latest list of "ship to" addresses reads like a study in musical diversity.

Rocker Bret Michaels purchased two RC35s -- he first tried the RC35 last summer on tour with Poison and immediately heard a difference in his monitors.

Barry Manilow ordered six RC35's, Queen Latifa owns two, as does Christian singer-songwriter, Chris Tomlin.

Last but not least, Detroit friend, Mayer Hawthorne will be teaching the "Earl Flynn" dance to crowds world wide via his silver RC35 from the Heil Sound custom shop.

Stay tuned for more additions to the RC group of users!

   

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Dave,

All the shipments came yesterday! I just want to say how impressed I have been of your customer service. It has been great working with you and I plan to continue buying from you in the future and will recommend you to any church looking to buy equipment.

As always thanks for your time,

Steven Teters

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