Sometimes church attendees cannot hear the worship on stage.
Sometimes they complain that the volume is too loud.
What to Do With the Volume
Measure the volume of the stage. An effective app we recommend, if you don’t have a sound level meter, is called “SoundMeter+” — it can be found in the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Store for an affordable price.
Keep the volumes closer to 95 dB at the highest. When we peg our systems at over 100 dB, we risk exposing the worship teams and those at the front of the stage to significant hearing damage as well as soft tissue legal claims.
Visit DrumWorld.com in Tulsa or in your local area to find an effective cage to completely isolate the drums from the rest of the stage. The drums’ output to the stage can be upward of 110 dB and causes havoc to the other onstage musicians and interferes with their ability to hear the mixes.
Clean the Stage Off of the Wedges
In visiting many churches with wedges out front, we’ve noticed that the musicians often have difficulty hearing each other.
Singers and background vocalists will be flat if they cannot hear themselves.
Guitarists and bassists will struggle in the pick-ups, especially in complicated songs with unusual intros.
The lead worshiper will not be able to find the rhythms to mesh the band effectively.
Invest in Custom In-Ear Monitors
Why Not Settle for Non-Custom In-Ear Monitors?
Some churches have already brought their sound systems up to date with in-ear monitors, but only have non-custom in-ears available for their staff and volunteer worship teams.
Non-custom in-ears can only block up to 15 dB of sound and slip as the musician plays throughout the set. The bass is lost and requires the musician to miss pick-ups when the plug falls out of the ear.
If one person has an ear infection of any type, the rollups should always be thrown away. The cost starts to rise for the church in providing constant new rollup-type inserts.
The Benefits of Custom In-Ear Monitors
Custom in-ear monitors allow the musician to block out up to 31 dB of outside sound — enough to isolate the musician from any bleed.
Custom in-ears are comfortable for the musician and do not slip.
They also allow for a quieter mix in the worshiper’s ear so that they will not damage the ears.
The Mix Significantly Improves for the Sound Team
The bleed from the stage no longer causes the technical teams to worry about reverb from the stage.
The volumes of the audience can be easily managed by the technical staff to keep within safe limits for the audience.
Remember, the voices are the most important part of worship — it’s the words that the people need to hear to worship along with your church, not the accompaniment.
Once a worship team member procures custom in-ear monitors from a local audiologist like Hearing Solution Centers, make sure that you drop the mix completely for that musician, then remix as if for the first time to make sure that the sound is optimal for that musician in their ear.