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When first starting out at a new church I like to EQ my in-ears so they sound great and so I can clearly hear what the band is doing. I also like to test different microphones to find the best one that most naturally fits my voice. In this video I’ll talk you through the process and give you a few tips as you go about improving your in-ear mix and vocal mic sound!

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  I just started at my new church.

This is my first week.

And one of the first things I like to do when coming to a new church is to get

my in-ear mix dialled in because I really want to be able to hear the band and

really be able to direct the band well.

And I need to hear everyone’s parts in order to do that.

So one of the first things I do when coming to a new church is I

dial in my in ears by spending time EQing each of the instruments.

And so I’m going to be going into our main sanctuary here soon, and we’re going to

spend some time with the audio director director, dialling in the EQs for the

various instruments and also testing out different microphones for my voice.

So what we’ll do is we will get a flat EQ on my vocal, and we will

test out different microphone heads in the house and in my ears, and we will

figure out which microphone head sounds best naturally for my voice.

And so we’re going to be doing that later today as well.

I would encourage you to do the same.

Just flatten the EQ on your vocal and listen to all the different microphone

heads that church has access to and decide which one sounds most natural

and flattering for your voice.

Because if you come in and start things out by sounding great, it’ll just

help you feel more confident.

It’ll help you feel more comfortable on stage for your first Sunday.

And so as I prepare for my first Sunday leading this weekend, I really

want to feel great about my in-ears.

And so a little tip, as you do that, if you have your services multitracked,

not using the Multitracks app, but if you multitrack your musicians live

when they’re performing, you can play that back through your

in-ears and you can listen with your audio engineer and he can tweak the EQs

and compression on your in-ear mix.

If you have a separate console to do that, or if you have

enough layers on your digital console to send a different EQ to your ears.

I would highly encourage you to EQ your ears separately

than your front of house mix.

And so that’s what I’m going to be doing later today.

I’ll try to grab a little bit of footage of that as well when I do it,

but I want to encourage you to do the same as you into your new church.

So start things strong, start things sounding good

by spending the time up front to get a good in your mix for yourself

before you launch into your first Sunday.

And I should add a little tip when EQing your ears, you don’t

want to do drastic EQ curves.

You want to keep things generic enough so that the different musicians

on your team don’t struggle because you EQed it specifically for this bass

or specifically for this guitar.

Unless you have a house bass or a house guitar that you always

use every week without fail.

Keyes usually stay static across different keyboard players,

but you don’t want to get overly specific on your EQs and make it sound really good

for one player because another player might come in and have a completely

different sound, and then the EQ doesn’t work for them.

You want to use generic EQs, and you want to clean up the low-end,

clean up any ugly frequencies that are just generically ugly, usually around

200 hertz, sometimes around 4,000 hertz.

Just try to sweep and find the ugly frequencies in general

Cut those a little bit, not too much.

Don’t use drastic EQ changes for ears.

Try to keep things more subtle and natural, and that way

it’ll sound good regardless of which players are playing and

which instruments they bring each week.

So that’s just a small tip as you EQ your ears to get a good sound regardless

who’s on stage with you that week and which instruments they bring.

So that’s the last little tip that I’ll share today.

I will be continuing to release videos as I get settled at my new church

to show you what you should do when you hired as a worship leader

or worship pastor at your church.

So like this video and subscribe so that you can stay up to date

with the journey as I build the worship ministry here from scratch.

So the first one is the KSM9.

We’re going to test the KSM9.

Check, check.

Then we have a few others we’ll test later.

Let’s see how those go.

I can hear you everything.

Your goodness is running after me.

It’s running after me.

You’re like, this one’s better, huh?

This one’s a little bit more undistinct in the mid-range.

The good old Sure 58.

Sm 58.

Your goodness is running after me.

It’s running after me.

I can hear that like, buying in the mid-range feeling.

Here Here’s a new one. This is called SE Electronics V7.

We’re going to test this next.

Here we go.


All right, then this is This is the winner.

Okay, we’ve got a winner.

It’s some microphone I’ve never heard of, but it’s the red one with the red foam

in it, and it sounded really good.

It took away a lot of the low mid frequencies that were muddy

and indistinct, and it just cleaned up the whole vocal.

So, yeah, always try to find the best mic that you possibly can to automatically

sound good with your voice without having to do a tonne of EQ or post-processing.

Anyway, this is my new church.

I’m excited to be here and excited to show you guys around as I

get in here and get settled.

So it should be a fun time showing you what I’m doing

as I get started at my ministry here.

Keep following along.