Could Multi-Track Recording Help Your Church?

John Linden, CTS   -  

Provision doesn’t often recommend multi-track recording options for churches.  This is in part due to the cost, but it is also because we don’t want to propagate the trendy concept that all churches should be putting out their own worship albums.  But that’s a discussion for another post…

Before you toss out multi-track as unnecessary for your church and something you can’t see making much use of, take a moment to consider the training and communication potential.

By recording your church’s service and with the live mix and each channel independently captured, you then have the option to:

  • Evaluate the mix created after the fact
  • Have tangible discussions about the mix
  • Compare mixing preferences
  • Allow those leading, singing and playing to critically listen themselves
  • Allow worship teams to review arrangements
  • Aid in the communication between sound people and the music people
  • If you’ve had a problem arrise in a service the multi-track will often help as a forensic tool to figure out where things went off the rails
  • Practice mixing the services in an environment without the live pressure
  • Practice using effects, compression, gates, and equalization

So often we work to bridge the gap between worship pastors and sound volunteers perceptions.  Multi-track recording can be an incredibly valuable communication tool for improving both the music and use of technology for worship.  Worship pastors seldom get the chance to sit in the service let alone work at the sound board with those creating the mix because they are busy on leading and working with the musicians.

*I feel a post coming on about the need for worship pastors to spend time with the sound people the same way they do with the band…*

-JL 1.0