Concerning Front of House Audio, it's amazing how tiny mistakes can be covered over during a worship set. 92db Worship can be very forgiving for the sound engineer.
The scariest thing for me is the teaching. One wireless open mic for 40+ minutes. In this scenario, there is no forgiveness in the room. Every glitch, every hiccup is heard by the worship center, by the audience viewing at other venues @ Video Teaching, by audiences at home watching on TV.
The smallest of details can send everything in a downpour, and allow an audible distraction to break the connection between the teacher and the audience.
Here's CF's checklist, which will show the detail that we check to make sure that the teaching goes smoothly... that the technology aids (not distracts) from the spreading of the message.
On the Teacher
- Replace Batteries every day in Microphone Beltpack, In-Ear Monitor Beltpack, Backup Microphone.
- Check lead wire to Countryman Microphone, making sure strong connection to Earpiece, and to Beltpack.
- Check Countryman microphone earpiece, making sure mouthpiece is appropriate distance away from face.
- Ensure Countryman windsock in place.
- Make sure lead wire has plenty of slack, allowing for teacher to have movement.
- Put backup microphone in place on stage, reminding teacher location of microphone.
At the Board
- Verify Wireless Receivers/Transmitters are on, and both antennas are picking up signal.
- Verify Teacher is on a compressor (MANDATORY), and settings are accurate for teacher.
- Verify In-Ear effects/reverb is working (CFPB only).
- During mic check, set appropriate level for teacher in-house.
- Mark appropriate level with a pencil on the board.
- Leave mic at that level throughout service, allow compressors to adjust mix.
- Mute channel when done, to ensure consistent audio level during teaching.