Surviving the high tech

Posted: November 4, 2007 in Church, Music

Wow.  This morning was one of the most technology-challenged mornings we’ve had in a while.  Overall, things sounded very well, though there were some issues:

  • A problem with our generator (remember, we’re portable) caused the main spots to start flickering on/off.  Yikes.  We had to switch to the sterile fluorescent house lights for a bit.  Fortunately, the lights never malfunctioned when the band was playing.  Only when Dave was speaking ;-).
  • Got a lot of feedback (as in, that high-pitched squeal that comes through speakers) from both of our vocalists mics this morning.  Apparently, our feedback suppressor wasn’t doing it’s job.  -Sigh-  We will live and die at the hands of technology!
  • Our guitarist complained that his guitar solos weren’t being heard by the crowd (based on some feeback he received).  Yet others heard him just fine.  Maybe we have an equipment limitation or odd room dynamics.
  • Our vocalists were ‘off’ key a bit this morning – both of them, which is highly unusual for them.  Maybe that was related to the tech issues (feedback, monitor levels, etc.).

But I’m nitpicking.  As a musician, I pick up on everything that’s not perfect.  I hear all the wrong notes.  I hear every feedback squeal, static pop, an background hum probably more than the next guy does (though I think they doubt I really do).  So, I nitpick – and that’s unfair, since the overall professionalism and quality of what we do is light years ahead of where it was even a mere year ago.  We’ve got great musicians (very talented), great tech people, and great setup/breakdown people who all volunteer to do this stuff weekly.  Though we will always strive to make it better week to week, I will never dismiss the contributions people have made to get us as far as we have.

And looking back on this morning, I have to remind myself that real worship isn’t hitting all the right notes (vocally or instrumentally).  It’s not having equipment that works 100% of the time.  It’s not remembering all the words.  It’s not having our individual solos heard.  Though having all these elements right limits distraction and facilitates the overall experience, they do not define the experience in and of itself.  At the end of the day, God won’t ask us if we hit all the right harmonies or if our lights worked, but if we worshipped him in our hearts – with all our might.

I’d rather get that right than have working lights any day of the week.

Though working lights are good ;-)…heh.

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Comments
  1. zachlassiter says:

    Regarding crowd feedback – your never going to make everyone happy with sound levels and channel mixes. Everyone has different preferences.

    If you try and make everyone happy your just going to make less people happy. Odd how that works huh?

  2. Can You Hear Me Now?

    I was reading a post on someone talking about a few people complaining about a mix at a church and it made me laugh.
     Our guitarist complained that his guitar solos weren’t being heard by the crowd (based on some feedback he received).  Yet others…

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