In this analogy, I would say the pastor is the chef, not the diner. Your preference of how you want to hear yourself should be secondary to getting good, intelligible sound out to the congregation so they can effortlessly hear your message.
exactly. Where is the servant mentality Jesus taught us? Sounds like a pride issue.
When you go to a restaurant, do you want the food seasoned to the likings of the chef, or you? Do you want your steak cooked to the likings of the cook, or you? That's all I'm trying to say, I have the mic, can't we make it to my likings, at least while I'm using the mic and when you use the mic by all means make it the way you like...
Actually, you can have both or at least a good compromise. My understanding a good EQ can incapacitate most feedback then you can turn the mic's up all the way without feedback. That's the theory and it's kind of what I have going on now bu with a 9 band EQ I am hurting too many frequencies. They say a 31 band EQ will do less harm.
Or we admit that the 10am GodShow is just that, a show for folks who share the same spiritual beliefs, and that the preachers, musicians and lay staff are cast members and we focus on delivering the show no matter how much humility or diva conduct comes with it. But never forget that we're about as far from the sermon on the mount as we can be...Or we can admit that church is mostly a big feel-good commercial to sell a particular brand or flavor of faith.Once you reduce the service to fundamental *conduct* (not principles), you pretty much have one or the other, and some times you have both."We're show people, so let's put on a show!" Shirley Temple.
I was recently the victim of a "witchhunt" at the church where I was music minister for 20 years. If they'd told me they wanted a younger face so as to relate to a younger audience, I could have accepted that, but the comments went along the lines that the Holy Spirit couldn't move unless the music was like they wanted it. Amazingly, of all the instances in the bible of the Holy Spirit moving, none of them had music involved. Nor PA systems. As you "hint", the church needs to get back to basics and stop trying to attract a crowd with a "show", all the while catering to prima donnas who put on the show.
Wow. I'm surprised they were so blunt. "We now bring you the 90 minute infomercial, in progress..." Focus-group tested, mother-approved.Now that there is a new music minister, I bet that church gets a new PA system, lights and video within the next 2 years. I'll double down on that bet if the senior pastor has been there less than 5 years.
The problem I'm having, is I like a mic that is sensitive and will pick me up anywhere around the pulpit. I don't want to have to eat the mic or speak directly into it, most pulpits I speak at will pick me up without having to do that. I can turn up the mixer input gain and main output levels to get the pulpit mic the way I want it, but we then get tons of feedback, ringing and our musicians say "you're pegging out the equipment". They adjust it and I again have what I call a dead mic that I have to practically eat to get the response I want which makes it tough to read my notes and make eye contact with the congregation. And it's killing my voice having to practically yell to get it to pick me up and who wants to eat a mic for 30 minutes??? I know we can do better The Church is small, just 65' x 43' with a 20' wood, steeple ceiling. Our unmanned mixer is a Eurodesk SX3242FX that was recently donated and we have 12 mic's hooked to it that don't have off switches (mostly in the choir stand). We also have a really good digital wireless mic, but again, no one really wants to use it because they turn the gain down so low I have to eat it to get it to respond the way I want. I can turn it up but the musicians again go into their frenzy... Too add, they play so loud with all their electronic amplification that we have to tell them to turn it down several times during a service because we can't hear the choir or even me speaking at times. So we have a Eurodesk SX3242FX with 4 speakers total, two large JBL's (I have no idea what the model numbers are because they're embedded up in the front wall) hooked to the mixer main outputs in the front of the sanctuary and two faithful BOSE 802E with active equalizer (I love those little dudes) in the rear facing toward me that are hooked like monitors coming out of AUX SND 1 & 2. The BOSE in the rear are powered by an old Peavey 2600 (stereo) but the two JBL's in the front are wired in parallel and powered by a Peavey 3000 mono amp. So we're really only using one main output from the mixer
I would say the vast majority of pastors I encounter prefer *not* to hear themselves, actually. Our auditorium shape tends to reflect PA sound back onto the stage quite efficiently (I consider this a bug rather than a feature).
During sound check, I always push the pastor's mic pretty hard to make sure I have plenty of gain available if needed...
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