The first Sunday services in June included the following elements:
- Singing led by Mike Bradshaw
- Scripture Recitation by Dave Brewer and Brian Chesemore
- Announcements by Josh Harris
- Pastor's College Graduation - isn't it humbling to see all the places God is taking Sovereign Grace Ministries?
- A Sermon by Mark Mitchell from Psalm 139 on The Lonely (listen here soon)
Sound - Overall Comments
Setup seemed to go well this weekend. One thought: the crew - with my approval - broke to eat dinner at 6:00p before doing a line check. While that seemed like it would be plenty of time to eat and get back for line checks, it did make the arrival of the musicians a little more stressful as they set up and we tried to run line checks at the same time. I would suggest to myself and all other teams to complete both headphone and input line checks before eating dinner.
I thought the mix this weekend was great. Thanks, Dave, for making the low-end impacting but not overwhelming and for working to create a warm, full vocal ensemble sound. I think you accomplished several of the goals we've been working toward as mixers.
There are dangers with having a warm, vocal ensemble sound rather than a brighter, leader-up, bgvs-behind mix. One is loss of a worship leader's vocal direction to the congregation. A couple times I thought that Mike's direction was a little hard to hear. But I don't always trust my assessments because I have a radio earbud in one ear and a headset over the other. Any thoughts from the team?
Another DPA headset mic note. While the new headset mic is great, it seems to have a tendency to stray toward the back of the head. I'm not sure if this is just placement by the audio producers, or if it is actually moving when the pastor sings, or (most likely) both. But we need to get the mic closer to the corner of the mouth. It is more sensitive to plosives than the Countryman E6s, so it cannot be out in front of the mouth. But it needs to be closer or we won't get enough gain before feedback.
Lights - Overall Comments
I don't have any notes on lighting whatsoever. I did get a comment after the 2nd service that there was either a stray or "fallen" light in the worship cue. Let that be a reminder to do a visual double-check all cues on Sunday morning.
Video - Overall Comments
All the video elements went very smoothly this weekend also. Both DVDs read correctly in the player and their playback was flawless. Thanks, team, for not rushing either the in or the out.
I also want to thank Steven on camera 4 for implementing the recommendations on ministry mic pre-service setup that I wrote about here. The shots of the ministry mic were locked in so fast. Excellent!
My only suggestion this week is the never-ending persnickety one: I'd still like to try to get the initial camera shots up faster. Many times, this challenge gets pegged as the problem of the house directors, but the entire team can help them out. Here's the process that needs to happen:
- Dave, Ben, or Bram reminds team (or informs them) that someone is coming up.
- Camera director assigns camera to get shot.
- Camera operator gets shot framed and focused.
- Assistant director gets shot shaded correctly.
- Camera director takes shot and notifies house director of ready status.
- House director takes the shot to the main screen before his first word.
Thanks, friends! Don't forget to share your thoughts, and do have a great week! I'll see you on Sunday, if not before.