House of Worship

Guidelines and training events that help you make sure the message is heard.

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Training Audio Volunteers at Bayside Church

Aaron Padilla, audio director at Bayside Church and tour manager for Lincoln Brewster, explains what it takes to train a small army of volunteers to pull off 11 services a week across multiple portable and fixed congregations for thousands of worshippers without missing a beat.
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Designing a Portable Church Sound System

Designing a Portable Church Sound System

Tips from Todd Hartmann at The Austin Stone This is a church that understands the concept of community. Launched just 12 years ago by Chris Tomlin and Matt Carter in the living room of Tomlin’s bass player’s house, The Austin Stone Community Church presently numbers four campuses across the greater Austin area and over 7,000 […]
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Worship Arts Technology Summit 2014 Dates

Worship Arts Technology Summit (WATS) 2014 Dates

It’s that time of year again!  Once again, Shure is proud to sponsor the Worship Arts Technology Summit (or WATS). WATS is an organization devoted to training professionals and volunteers alike in the worship industry. With several tracks to choose from (Audio, Lighting, Media, and Musician), WATS offers hands-on training perfect for an entire church […]
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KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship

KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship

When most of us think of chapels in Las Vegas, the images that come to mind are of the drive-through wedding variety with an Elvis impersonator officiating.   But here’s the real secret that Sin City isn’t even trying to keep on the down low: it’s full of churches, and according to msncbc contributor Chris Rodell […]
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Ensuring Your Word Is Heard

Ensuring the Word is Heard

Improving speech intelligibility in highly reverberant worship spaces By: Michael Pettersen As a vocalist in choral ensembles, I can attest that the natural (or, more accurately, architectural) reverberation found in many houses of worship helps acoustic music to sound fantastic. Traditional sanctuaries with high, soaring ceilings and lots of hard, reflective surfaces lend power to […]
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Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace? What’s a Praise Team to Do?

Planned obsolescence.  We’re living in a world where the repair shops that were found in every town – large or small – as recently as ten or twenty years ago no longer exist.  Manufacturers of consumer products aren’t eager to fill the gap, either, so most of us find it easier to replace. The good […]
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Register for Worship Arts Technology Summit

From coast to coast, house of worship volunteers and professionals are making their way to summer school, also known as WATS, which stands for Worship Arts Technology Summit. Shure is proud to sponsor these events, at which participants receive expert, hands-on training in five parallel tracks: Musician, Media, Audio, Lighting, and Vocal. You’ll find Senior […]
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Talkin’ Mic Basics with Shure’s Gino Sigismondi: Choosing the Right Mic

Sometimes people ask us, “Why do you guys make so many different types of microphones?” The answer is: there are many different applications that require different form factors – handheld, headset or stand-mounted and different technologies that produce different sound qualities.   But often, it comes down to what sounds right to you: it ultimately comes […]
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How to Survive the Pitfalls of Live Performance

By Worship Leader Sandy Hoffman Whether you believe that God or the Devil is in the details, the fact is that no matter how hard you try to honor one or drive the other away by paying attention to the smallest things, stuff happens. Our music teachers always taught us to play through mistakes.  But […]
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The Top Six Church Audio Questions for 2012

Contributor: Tim Vear One of the ways that we zero in on what you want from us is to check in with Senior Applications Engineer and Shure Answer Man Tim Vear. Not only is he a featured speaker at countless workshops and seminars, he wrote the book on Audio Systems for Houses of Worship which […]
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Keeping It Simple for the Volunteer Audio Team

Contributor: Allen Sargent, Discipleship Coordinator at Christ the King Lutheran Church Fallbrook, California Anyone leading a praise or worship team in a small or mid-size church has faced the challenges of an all-volunteer tech team.  Many are called but few can face the fearsomeness of an intimidating soundboard or the possibility of the vocalist’s mic […]
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2012 WATS Event Dallas, TX

Worship and Technology Leaders Team Up to Improve Your Skills Now in its fifth year of bringing technical expertise to those who work and volunteer in houses of worship, summit sponsors Shure, Yamaha, Elation Lighting and Renewed Vision are once again underwriting the cost of the two-day conference in three locations throughout 2012 so that […]