We all want to be great at running sound! Here are some killer resources to help you out!
1. THE INTERACTIVE FREQUENCY CHART
This is one of my ALL TIME favorite resources. It shows the basic frequency ranges for tons of instruments and talks about different frequency ranges in words that make sense to the average listener. What’s wrong with that vocal? Maybe you don’t know the exact frequency, but you know it sounds “honky”. This chart puts a frequency range to the concept of “honky”. It’s especially great for being able to teach new volunteers what to listen for in each instrument!
CHECK IT OUT HERE: INTERACTIVE FREQUENCY CHART
2. TRAINYOUREARS APP
This goes hand in hand with the interactive frequency chart and takes it to a whole new level! TrainYourEars has actually developed an app that provides incredibly in-depth ear training that is designed to help you understand equalizers and frequencies like never before. With their system you’ll quickly develop a frequency memory which will allow you to connect the sound you imagine in your head with the needed parameters you have to dial to get it, more quickly and easily than ever.
They also just released version 2.0 of their software and it’s better and easier to use than any other ear training software out there. I seriously wouldn’t be able to EQ as well as I do without using this software. It’s that good!
CHECK IT OUT HERE: TRAINYOUREARS APP
3. CHURCH ON THE MOVE SEEDS BLOG
This is another one of my favorite tech blogs. If you aren’t familiar with Church On The Move, you NEED to be. They’re on of the most tech-forward churches in the nation and on their “Seeds” blog they give behind the scenes tips for every area of their ministry including audio, video, and lighting. They have tons of great video tutorials and in-depth articles from their front-of-house and monitor engineers!
CHECK IT OUT AT: CHURCH ON THE MOVE SEEDS BLOG
4. AMAZON PRIME MUSIC
This might seem like a weird one…but trust me. It’s AWESOME. First, in order to pull off a really great mix, you need to know the original recording of the song like the back of your hand. But let’s get real…buying all those songs off of iTunes can get expensive. That’s where Prime Music comes in. You get every song you can imagine, anywhere you want to listen, all with great sound quality and ease of use. No more walking in to rehearsal and being surprised by the kind of sound the band is going for. Second, it comes with Amazon Prime’s two day shipping! Need that new mic by Sunday? How about some gaff tape? With Amazon Prime you can get it super fast and shipped for FREE. The savings on shipping costs alone have EASILY made it pay for itself.
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5. PROSOUND WEB
This is great blog and resource for audio professionals. It has topics that cover live sound, studio recording, and even a jobs board for those looking to to sound in a professional capacity. They also have tons of great product reviews and a forum for discussion with other sound engineers!
CHECK IT OUT HERE: PROSOUND WEB BLOG
6. (BONUS) BLUEBOTTLE
Ok, this one is a bonus because…who doesn’t like great coffee? Actually, scratch that. Who doesn’t NEED great coffee? If you’re like me and have to be at church at 6:30 every Sunday morning, you NEED a great cup to get your day started right, and trust me, there’s no one better than Blue Bottle. They deliver bags of coffee to your door whenever you need it. No subscription, no hassle, just great coffee. And the best part? You can try it for FREE.