Audio Techs & Worship Leaders: 10 Ideas to Build a Successful Partnership

3 07 2010

Worship teams and audio techs exist in order to help lead our congregations to worshiping and loving God for who He is, for how He loves us, for what He has done for each one of us and for all He will do in the future.   We all have the same goal to provide excellence in leading worship, so why do Audio Techs and Worship Leaders frequently experience conflict, having a hard time supporting and respecting one another?  It’s a relationship that is more often strained than healthy, and these are two people who need each other to be successful.  Regardless of which role you hold, here are 10 ideas to help you have a great relationship with your counterpart.

10 Things You Can Do As:

Audio Techs to support and show respect to your Worship Leader:

  1. Be on time for rehearsal and sound check.  Don’t waste the worship team’s time.
  2. Communicate questions or needs with your Worship Leader as early as possible so there is still time to accommodate and adapt.
  3. Have everything needed set up and turned on before the band gets there.  There is much to accomplish in a short time.  Again, don’t waste the band’s time.
  4. Do not yell to or at the Worship Leader from the sound booth.  Use a talk back mic or go up and talk to him/her.
  5. Ask your Worship Leader how he wants the mix to sound and then do it.  (More on this in a future blog post)
  6. If the Worship Leader asks you to do something, do it as soon as possible and with a smile.
  7. If you have to question the Worship Leader about something, or need to make a suggestion, do it privately and not in front of the worship team.  It’s important that the leader can trust your intentions and it’s hard if they feel embarrassed.
  8. Remember the Worship Leader has many things to consider and is looking out for the good of the whole congregation.  Remember there are no sides, everyone is in this together.
  9. Own up to your mistakes.
  10. Pray for your Worship Leader and remember that just like every artist, they have insecurities and are putting their art out there for everyone to judge.  Take every opportunity you can to be supportive and encouraging.

Worship Leaders to support and show respect to your Audio Tech:

  1. Have the worship team be on time for rehearsal/sound check.  Don’t waste the tech’s time.
  2. Communicate needs with your Audio Tech as far in advance as possible.  They have other needs and/or jobs and lead time to get what you want is important.
  3. Try not to throw impromptu requests at your Audio Tech right before rehearsal or sound check, and be patient and understanding if it takes awhile to accommodate them.
  4. Don’t speak negatively of or sarcastically to techs through the mic or in front of the band.  Unamplified comments can hurt, amplified comments hurt and embarrass.
  5. Don’t negatively comment on the house mix from the stage where you can’t accurately hear it.  Make sure you’ve heard the mix from the seats before you comment.
  6. If you’re Audio Tech makes a request, be respectful and remember they have the best possible mix at heart.  It’s not intended to complicate your life and if it’s something that can be accommodated it will likely help you sound better.
  7. If you have questions or concerns about something that can wait until a private discussion can be had, please wait.  It’s important that techs can trust your intentions and it’s hard to do if they feel embarrassed.
  8. Remember Audio Techs do everything they can to make the mix great.  They can not make musicians play or vocalists sing better.  They can only make it louder and blend it together.
  9. Include your techs in pre-rehearsal and pre-service prayer, as well as worship team get-togethers.  Make them feel like part of the worship team because they are a critical piece of it.
  10. Pray for your techs and remember that just like every artist, they have insecurities and are putting their art out there for everyone to judge.  Take every opportunity you can to be supportive and encouraging.

Have any thoughts on this topic, or any ideas that I didn’t include here?  Please share your thoughts or ideas in the comment section below.  If this is a topic of interest for you please subscribe to my blog or check back soon for articles titled “Who’s the Boss? – Who’s Really In Charge Of The Mix?” and “An Open Letter From an Audio Tech to a Worship Leader.”

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2 responses

4 07 2010
Meg

What a wonderful thing to read right before going to Church!!! I’d love to stay and chat, but I don’t want to be late for soundcheck!!!!! 😀

14 07 2010
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[…] relationships. I thought it was a very good relationship. That pointed me to this blog entry on Audio Techs & Worship Leaders: 10 Ideas to Build a Successful Partnership by Duke Dejong, the guest on the podcast. I thought they were good lists. __________________ Joel […]

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