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I like running sound

I really like when the kick drum in a mix hits me in the chest/stomach. Now that’s a kick drum.

I really like when the reverb on a voice makes it sound half like you are in a stadium and half like you are in the throne room in heaven.

I really like when the team is singing about intense stuff and I can support with the bass guitar such that the room feels like it is shaking… oooooh it feels so cool and scary.

I really like when my job morphs from technician to playing DJ/prophetic spirit on the sound tech/worshiping stuff.

I really had fun at the 10pm set tonight running sound…

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Sound and IHOP

I do wonder…

Why is it that so many talented musicians and singers come to IHOP, people who train for years to be on a worship team, and yet there are so few talented sound techs. The majority of sound techs at IHOP have very little experience, not much of a musical ear, and are basically people willing to serve. Which is totally wonderful. But man, we need people who know sound. Sound is as much an instrument to be developed and studied as is a voice or guitar. So few people choose to invest the time and energy. I am perplexed as to why. Perhaps the lack of glory. Perhaps it just doesn’t seem as fun. (I think it is fun). I just know that there is a dramatic difference between musicians on a team and their sound tech; the musician has practiced and learned for years and the tech has been trained for a month and doesn’t know what they are doing.

I want to improve that. I am trying to train techs, but I don’t know how to give language to what I have simply learned by doing and listening. The human ear needs to be trained, musicians know this for sure, how do I train sound techs to listen to a mix? How do I find people who are talented, yet humble? How do I guide techs to choose others before themselves again and again and again? The sound tech department of IHOP has a revolving door. So many begin and then quit.

 It is so difficult to find someone who is a servant, teachable, enjoys music, is dedicated and willing to go the road of meekness.

How do I find these people? I don’t know. How do I train them? I don’t know.

Oh, Lord, you see this simple need, help us!  

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A few facts

# of subs rented for the onething youth conference: 2 (they are going to be awesome!) Although not as big as this sub. really big subwoofer

# of lights rented for the onething youth conference: I have no idea but a lot!

# of teens aged 13-17 we are expecting: 1,000 (yikes)

# of conference sessions I am running sound for: 2 (fri & sat night)

How loud I plan to run EGS on Saturday: 95 db (wicked grin) 🙂  In other words, you are going to FEEL the bass 🙂

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Chipmunks at IHOP

Today I encountered a very amusing reverb at the IHOP sound board. Now, you may not be familiar with this sound board, but it is state-of-the-art; the M7CL Yamaha Digital board. I love it. It is a sound board and a computer (sort of)! I can save all my settings, it has a touch screen and even the settings are displayed on a graph. Did I mention that I really love it?!

At any rate, today I was experimenting with reverbs and seeing what I could create. For you non-sound techs out there, a reverb is an echo that makes the music or voice sound like it is in a huge room or an amphitheater or generally something much better than the weird box with many corners that is our prayer room. So, in the midst of my perusal today, what did I find? Well non other than an effect that makes a voice sound like the chipmunks! But, not only does it speed up their voice to this point of shrill sensory experience, it also changes the pitch so that it is a harmony! Harmonizing Chipmunks! Who’d have thunk!

chipmunks.gif

I spent 10 minutes chuckling to myself at the sound board while imagining the effect of adding harmonizing chipmunks to harp and bowl. Can you imagine!! Plus the hilarity of hearing the prophetic singers voices translate thus. Oy (Yes, “Oy” – a cross between a sigh and an exclamation)… I do not have words to describe the enjoyment. I am greatly tempted to bring out this effect in the future. So, if you ever notice additional high-pitched (Harmonized!) voices in the midst of spontaneous singing or a chorus… hee, hee…. you know who is responsible. 😉

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Logarithms!

 I am sure most of you readers will not be interested in my mathematical marvels, but I am thrilled to death. Well… I was studying the Sound Reference Handbook by Yamaha today (as a part of my quest to get more technical knowledge of sound) and I made an amazing discovery!  I was thrilled today to discover that our ears interpret sound logarithmically! Ah logarithms… I sigh with fond memory of many math classes 🙂 … Here is the graph of a logarithm…

Log base 10 of X

What does it mean? Well, I am pleased to tell you that our ears interpret equal distance between octaves of sound. (Low A versus high A) However, octaves are actually in a 2:1 ratio! Every time you jump an octave, the distance between the two notes doubles! Technically it is not distance but actually the speed of the waves of sound double! For example, the note ‘A’ is at 440 hz (or 440 wave cycles per second), jump an octave, 880, then 1720, then 3540 and so on. But although the distance doubles each time, our ears perceive it as the same! It is fascinating how God has created the human ear. I love it!

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