Merry Christmas

Photo courtesy of Five Furlongs

Photo courtesy of Five Furlongs

Well, here we are on Christmas Day. If you’re reading this, you made it. You pulled off the 2, 5 or 25 Christmas Eve services. Hopefully all was calm and all was bright. This year, I was able to simply attend a Christmas Eve service with my family for the second time in about 12 years. It felt really good, and it was a wonderful service. 

Today, I don’t have a lot of profound things to say, other than Merry Christmas. It has been a year full of crazy change for me and my family and I truly appreciate all of you sticking with us through it. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you at conferences, trade shows and other gatherings this year. I appreciate your emails, tweets and post comments. My prayer for you this day is that you get to relax, spend time with loved ones and enjoy a wonderful Christmas. 

Thank you for all you do for the Kingdom. Most people have no idea what goes on in that little booth back there or backstage, but I do. I know all too well how hard you work, how many hours you put in to make it look like everyone just showed up to a magical evening. 

So kick back, relax and throw another Yule log on the fire. You deserve it. Merry Christmas!

Stoked for SALT

It’s SALT week, and that means it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. I have enjoyed this conference for the last two years and am even more excited to be part of it this year. If you’re coming this year, I hope to be able to meet you.

Two years, Van and I simply attended, and it was great. Last year, I was there as a sponsor, and this year, I’m there as the head of the audio track. Yes, there is an audio track at a visual worship conference! Luke and the team saw the need for a few classes on the sound side of life, and asked me to help pull some things together. 

Wednesday at 4:30, I’ll be teaching a class on how to get better audio for your video projects. Audio is every bit as important as the video, especially for story videos that so powerfully demonstrate God’s working in the Church. Sadly, audio is often forgotten, or relegated to a “fix it in post” mentality. We’re going to dispel that concept and I’ll demonstrate the power of good audio. 

Thursday at 1:30, Brad Duryea will be teaching a class that will attempt to dispel many myths of live sound. This will be a little bit like Bill Nye the Science Guy meets a really good FOH engineer. I know Brad has some fun stuff planned, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. 

Thursday at 3:00, Van, Andrew Stone and I will be presenting a panel on how to effectively work together. Often times, we hear stories of the technical, media and musical teams not really getting along. All three of us have had plenty of experience with working alongside others who are kind of, but not quite, the same as u. We’re all very passionate about this topic, and I’m sure we’ll be able to encourage you if you’re part of a team not getting along.

Thursday at 4:30, Andrew Stone, the king of Rock will talk about his process for creating an amazing broadcast or streaming mix for your church service. He does this without a dedicated broadcast mixer, and incorporates some pretty clever tricks. I’ve used and adapted his process myself, and it does indeed rock. 

Finally, Friday at 9:00, Otto Price will be teaching a great class on how to use tracks and stems in a worship setting. More and more churches are going this way, but there are some key things you should do before you just drop a laptop running Logic on the drum platform. 

Of course, we also have several cool meet ups planed around various topics that Duke will be heading up. From Stage Design, to Helping Your Pastor Understand Your Role, to Volunteers, to Multi-Campus to a behind the scenes tour of the main session room, we have something for everyone. Those are sponsored by CCI Solutions, and we’re grateful to be part of SALT this year. 

If you’re at SALT, please stop by our audio track classes, the CCI Solutions booth or just catch Van, Duke and I in the hall. We’d love to say hi and chat. 

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