Sound Check and Rehearsals: How to Prepare Best For Worship Services

The best approach to begin the sound check is to have the band play through an entire song, with all musicians playing at “performance levels.”

Sound Check and Rehearsals: How to Prepare Best For Worship Services
Front of House engineers use the sound check to tweak their mix to get it just right for the audience. A good monitor engineer will use the same listening device that the musician or singer is using to get a feel for what the performer is hearing.

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As the holiday season approaches, worship facilities are gearing up for Christmas plays, or other special events in addition to our weekly worship services every Sunday morning.

The line check assures that what you plugged in on stage comes up exactly where it is expected to come up on the sound console.

In this installment, we will take a look at the advantages of preparing for worship services and events and how sound checks and rehearsals play a role in the success of those events.

Preparing for Sound Check

Although sound systems in a worship setting are used in the same manner every week, if there are any changes to channel inputs, it’s always a good idea to perform a “line check” before the sound check begins. For example, if your normal Sunday morning set up is drums, one or two keyboard set ups, two guitars, and bass, but for a special event you add horns or another guitar, you’ll want to do a line check before you start the sound check.

The line check assures that what you plugged in on stage comes up exactly where it is expected to come up on the sound console. This is especially true if you have a stage monitor console, or are using a personal stage monitoring system (Aviom, etc.). Your tech crew can perform the line check before the band hits the stage. A useful tool for line checks is the Qbox. The Qbox (manufactured by Whirlwind) is an audio line tester that can be used to send a tone down the line to confirm signal continuity between the stage input and the audio console(s).

The house and monitor engineers will need to “ring out” the house and stage speakers, which basically means to identify frequencies that are on the verge of producing a “feedback” loop. For a church sound system that’s used every week, this is something that’s probably already under control. 

After confirming that all audio signals are showing up where you want them in the sound system, and all offending frequencies are under control, it’s time for the band to begin the sound check.

Sound checks serve at least two purposes:

1. For the performing artists (musicians and singers) to confirm they can hear what they need to hear in their monitors (floor wedges or in ear monitors), and

2. For the sound engineer(s) to dial in their mix for the event.


More About Kirk Denson
Kirk Denson is the Director of Audio and Technical Production at the House of Hope Worship Center, located in Chicago. Kirk is a veteran of the music industry, as a concert touring sound engineer, and also the film industry, as a sound designer and editor with a desire to give back to the community by way of his ministry work as the Founder and Executive Director of the MEMa studio. .
Get in Touch: kirk@kirkdenson.com    More by Kirk Denson

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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