While I’ve done a handful of ‘real’ events the bulk of my experience in live sound is in churches, and as much as I hate to admit it, churches are often home to really bad ‘sound’ and I am often asked to give advice or train church sound guys. I could make the argument that the bad sound that these churches experience is because they are often on a tight budget, have ammature musicians on stage and volunteers behind the sound desk but, instead I’m going to tackle this from another angle completely. Before you even get to the skill of the band or the ear of the engineer etc, there are 3 things to consider about the room and the sound system itself (you can apply most of this to any live music event). If you are having issues with sound at your church you have to think about these things before you rush to blame the guy on sound!
Ambience | Coverage | Intelligibility