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For The Sound Person

I have operated the sound board at church for a few years, so I do have some experience with a sound system.  I am also a musician and have played my guitar at church as well.  Sound to a musician is like oxygen to life.   When playing your instruments with others, it is imperative that you can hear your own instrument.   If you cannot hear yourself, then you will not be able to keep in step with others.

By the same token, the people in the congregation should hear you as well.  You may be a humble person, and you may feel that you are playing for the Lord, but if people cannot hear you, why play?  I know some are up front playing their instrument just for show, just so people can see and hear them,  but for the rest of us who are playing and singing for the right reasons, it is important for those in the congregation to hear us.  If they can't, there isn't any real reason for being up front in the first place.  

Therefore, it is up to the sound person to have everything in balance so all voices and instruments are properly heard.  There is a scripture that goes along with this quite well.  It is found in 1 Cor. 14:7.  Paul says, "even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in notes".   Paul is saying, if the sound is muddled, or blends together as noise, how can the people listening distinguish between the various instruments and voices?  How can they appreciate what they hear?  How can they benefit from the music? 

So there you have it sound people.  Mix your sound so everyone is heard and we will all be happy.


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