Sound Check and Rehearsals: Vital For Excellence in Worship Services

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Sound Check and Rehearsals: Vital For Excellence in Worship Services
Granger Community Church Production Director Tony Staires works on one of the Lawo consoles in the front-of-house at the church recently.

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At Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, we believe that sound check and rehearsals are vital to having excellent worship services.

My saying is, “Practice happens on your own time, rehearsal happens at this time.”

These times allow for planning, preparing, and polishing service elements, well in advance to executing them in service.

What I thought to do for this article is to give an overview of the weekly processes, as done at Granger.

Weekly Production Meeting

Every Wednesday afternoon, the Creative Arts team meets to discuss all service elements for the upcoming weekend, and the weekend following. This allows everyone to be caught up with what’s going on, when it comes to each element of the service, service flow, and anything the teaching pastor may need for the services.

Before this meeting, the Production team has already generated stage plots and patch lists, along with posting them to the service plan on Planning Center. Having these documents available to everyone allows for all to be on the same page for the weekend.

Line Check

Wednesday is the typical day for stage setup. First thing on Wednesday morning, the production team meets to go over the stage plots, inputs list, and who is scheduled to play for the weekend. Once everyone understands what’s needed, tasks are divided, while laying out and spiking the stage (to ensure that all set pieces are in the same exact spot each time they are set up), patching everything, setting up the consoles, and setting out in-ear monitor packs, earbuds, and microphones for everyone.

Once everything is set up, a line-check is done. Line-check is where one makes sure all the audio patches are correct, making sure audio is passing through both consoles. The line check process is crucial to preparing for weekly rehearsals. By doing this, one can identify and fix issues well before rehearsals, and avoid wasting time during rehearsal.

For the line checks at Granger, a device called a Q-box is used. It sends a tone down each of the audio lines that will be used for the weekend. That is to identify that the lines are working, and that the patches are correct all the way through the consoles, to both the PA and the in-ear monitor systems.

If an instrument or amplifier is available, then the instrument is played, to make sure things sound good at the source. For example, the drums are played to make sure they’re in tune or play through the guitar amps, to make sure they’re working, and the tubes are good. Even if you don’t know how to play the instruments on stage, you can always learn how to play simple notes, chords, or beats to check that everything sounds right and is working properly.


More About Tony Staires
Tony Staires currently works at Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind., as the Production Director. He’s worked in production and AVL integration over the past 16 years, and has worked with several Grammy and Dove Award winning artists.
Get in Touch: tstaires@gmail.com    More by Tony Staires

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