- Bob Kauflin led us in singing with an "acoustic" band.
- Bob introduced our new hymn for memorization for February, Be Thou My Vision.
- Isaac Hydoski shared an exhortation regarding our adoption into God's family.
- Adam Malcolm prayed for Tajikistan. Due to time, this got cut from the second service.
- Joshua Harris led the church in praying for President Obama based on Albert Mohler's prayer.
- Joshua shared some pastoral priorities, aka announcements.
- Braden preached. Did I recommend yet that you listen to it again?
I worked with the Week 4 team this past Sunday [actually 2 Sundays ago now] and was amazed at how smoothly and quickly everything came together. We were able to follow the schedule Mike had laid out with almost minute-precision. There were only three techs there: Dan, Mark, and Caleb. Honestly, I can't tell you exactly HOW they made it all fall together so smoothly but it did seem that everyone knew exactly what they should be doing and how to get it done efficiently.Any thoughts from that team on how everything came together so effectively? What did you do to prepare the equipment and yourselves? Please comment on this post to teach us all a thing or two.
Second, I found a note on one of the checklists that went something like this: "It would be nice to be able to IM Dave." You can! Let me introduce you to Twitter. Twitter is a simple messaging service that allows you and me to connect, whether we are at our computers or not.
Here's how to get set up:
- Go to http://www.twitter.com and sign up for an account.
- Go to your account settings, then devices, and sign up your cell phone for text messaging. Important note: this could cost you money, so make sure you know what your calling plan allows for text messaging.
- Go to http://www.twitter.com/davidjwilcox and click on the follow button. Then select "On" for device updates. This will allow you to receive my updates on your cell phone.
- Then, I will follow you back, so we can communicate. Please choose a logical username or fill in your profile, so that I know who you are. I don't follow random people (aka spammers).
- Then you can send me a public message by texting 40404 with a note starting with @davidjwilcox, for instance, "@davidjwilcox Will there be a song at the end of the service?"
- Or send me a direct (private) message by texting 40404 with a note starting with d davidjwilcox, for instance "d davidjwilcox Your hair looks really goofy after you take off the intercom headset."
The sound crew did a good job this weekend. Not having a Saturday rehearsal always pressurizes the Sunday rehearsal time, but it seemed like this weekend's team handled it peaceably.
The mix was very good, Dave. Whatever you did with Ben's acoustic guitar was exactly what we were looking for in the "acoustic band" sound. Did you use the tube compressor for that? How did the AKG 535 work for the Cajon?
One reminder for monitor operators: No mix output peak lights should ever come on. This will cause at least uncomfortable compression in the person's headphones. Many times, it will distort the mix.
What typically happens is this:
- There is a leftover mix from the last week, which was pretty loud.
- The musician comes in and immediately turns the entire mix down at their box or wireless in-ear pack.
- They then proceed to turn up the instruments that they want to hear.
- Quickly, this will lead to peak lights on the meters because we are overdriving the outputs of the mixer.
All musicians should have their volume levels at minimally 75%. Don't forget that the wireless in-ear receivers' painted volume "markers" not very accurate. Make sure to turn the volume all the way around (with in-ears OUT!) and then turn it back to about 75% of the highest level. Audio producers, we need to make this a weekly reminder to the musicians. They should not be expected to remember this from week to week.
Lighting was pretty simple this weekend, and Alex did a great job. By the way, did you know that Alex was the 10:31 award winner? That means that, of all the high school senior guys, Alex was chosen by his classmates, teachers, parents, and pastors as the one who best exemplifies the motto of our youth ministry: "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." Congratulations, Alex! You have our deepest respect. Thanks for your example of godliness and service in secret.
The video work was very smooth this weekend. Special thanks go to Isaac and Ryan for jumping in at the last-minute to camera direct. The first shots we saw were solid, without much shading happening after they went live. That was a very good thing.
I think, however, that we can still be faster to get the shots right and then get them live. Two reminders for the assistant directors:
- All stage lighting changes are indicated on your service rundown worksheet. Whenever there is a number indicated in the line of the service item, a lighting change will be happening. That's when you need to be most ready to adjust on the fly.
- The lighting cue indicated as "Sermon" on the sheet is such that you can safely start by setting the iris knob at the 12 noon position. When you see "sermon" as the coming lighting cue, for instance when a pastor is coming up on stage, take the next camera shot to the 12 noon iris position, wait for the lights to change, and then adjust slightly to lock in the brightness.
What would you like to suggest from this last Sunday?