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Sound in the Gospel Paperback – September 20, 2016
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Can a technical guide be inspiring? This one sure was. In fact, I wasn't prepared for it. This really could be considered a tech team devotional.
Perfect for new sound techs. Excellent for team leaders and pastors. Mandatory for those at or near the stage of burnout in technical service.
The good: Excellent introduction to what it really means to serve the church in a technical capacity. Helpful technical tips, examples, and explanations. Includes mixing tips, EQ and compression techniques, and a useful glossary of terms. Even as a 20-year pro audio veteran, I learned some new tips and ways of approaching a mix.
The bad: The true technical section of this book if rather short, but that doesn't mean it isn't adequate for getting started. It is a perfectly fine introduction to live sound fundamentals. Those seeking more technical detail and nuance about running live sound at church can readily find many other great resources on the topic to fill in any knowledge gaps if needed.
The ugly: Self-righteous pride and ego are ugly, and they will absolutely destroy a tech team (even a team of one). This book confronts the pernicious "tech-savvy pride" that can easily afflict so many of us in this field. But it also inspires and motivates us to tap into the heart, spirit, and mindset that will help us fight through those control freak tendencies and temptations of ego.
Takeaway: Just get the book. It's worth it.
So who is this book for? Well, it's for the sound tech in church - for the novice and the expert. And it may not revolutionize how you mix, but it will challenge you to come back to the heart of everything we do behind the board. But I think this book is also for pastors and worship leaders, too. From my experience, not all pastors and worship leaders are aware of the struggles faced by their sound techs -- certainly we have technical problems to try and fix, but we have spiritual problems, too. I don't promise this book will help you to fix all your troubleshooting needs, but it will tell you that it's all about gain; and if we take the time to set that right, the rest comes much more easily.