Friday, April 27, 2007

Technology for Worship at InfoComm

So I get to work on Tuesday and my supervisor informs me that since the other guys in the department had gone to NAB ....... looks like I get to go to InfoComm on the company dime this year! For those that don't know, InfoComm is the NAB or AES for the projection/AV industry. This year it's in Anaheim, CA.
The thing is that the Technology for Worship conference is running in conjunction with the rest of the stuff. I hope that I can do a little of both but right now I have no clue if that's going to work out. As you all know I do this sound training thing a lot. As a matter of fact I have been busy doing so many different things that I have not been doing regular postings. Rest assured that I have not been wasting time though. There are a lot of things I am working on including the instructional DVD for newbie sound men that I have spoken about before. I went back to the drawing board on it because I didn't feel the production value was going to be at the level I wanted it. Trust me I feel like it was worth it.
So if nothing else I will post back on my InfoComm experiences later.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

SDSS Training Event

What's up everybody! It has been a long time since I updated this blog. So many things have been going on it would take too long to even get into. But I am back on the 'blog waves'! I have been in the planning stage for a while so that I can put some good stuff out there for you! One of the things I have been doing is putting a lot of time into which is a great online community of well, people involved in church media. Please stop by the site and check it out.
For those of you that subscribe to my podcast, I will be starting up a new "season" coming up this summer. I took down most of my episodes since they were focused on topics that were relevent at the time but don't make much sense now. Plans are also in place for a video podcast with tips and tutorials for a lot of common audio situations. There will also be an instructional DVD that will include more detailed information as well as all of the podcast lessons (once I have accumulated enough episodes). By request, these will include tips on how to better mix monitors from FOH (front-of-house), setting up mixes for CD and video and much more.

I have also decided to expand these lessons to also include some basic info and training about multi-media as well. I have been working a lot more in the video realm the last 3 years and have picked up some information that will definitely help ministries that are looking to add video to their list of outreach ministries. In other words there is more to come...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Entry for Blog's sake

I am not one to just post just to say I did it. I try to make sure that when I publish a post that it means something. So...

I am typing this in the back of a lecture room at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. I am doing the AV and projection for one of the sub-meetings of the World Congress of Endo-Urology. The entire meeting consists of more than 1500 people from around the world. The have all come here for a medical education seminar that will encompass over 10 days, 15+ live surgeries broadcast from multiple locations on our 20+ block facility campus.

I have no idea what the speakers are saying because this is a meeting of Brazilian Urologists. I am expected to resolve their many issues with AV although we can barely communicate in English with on another.
These are the types of events that are almost everyday for me since beginning to work part time at "CCF" about 3 years ago. I am very pleased with all the knowledge that working here has afforded me. Not many people can say that they establish 2 way satellite communications with multiple locations around the world almost on a daily basis. All of this has shown me that the average church is barely touching the surface of possibilities with media and communications.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to coordinate with a missionary in China to live webcast a 2 way meeting?? I personally know that we in America do not understand the plight of those in other countries. I would love to facilitate a way for those that work in the mission field abroad to share their experiences with us. What about ministry classes? I know everyone doesn't have access to facilities to learn face to face. The web is being used but I wonder how much more it could be?

As these Brazilian delegates speak to me in the universal language of "AV", I am awed at what God has put at our disposal. I challenge us all to rise to the occasion and think outside the box to provide new ways to spread the Gospel to the world(wide web)!!

BTW check out my web page for info on my next Sound Doctrine Series Event

Friday, August 04, 2006

DVD in Production!

That's right! I have begun pre-production on an instructional DVD!
I have been planning on doing this for a while, but the response I have had from my training sessions has convinced me to push ahead. I am currently restructuring my schedule to give more time to Joint Heir and my vision for the company.
There is a definite ministry need in this area. It is not just about turning knobs and setting levels. There is a need for spiritual sensitivity while operating sound in a sanctuary situation. Faith comes by hearing, and the purpose of the audio and media ministry is to ensure that the message is heard and received.
I am currently involved in helping several ministries to focus their media departments to fully support and enforce the vision of the individual churches. I have developed a plan for them that basically puts the vision into concrete terms with specific goals and timelines for attaining them. I hope to expand on this concept in the future.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for my DVD. I hope to have much of it done before the next Sound Doctrine Seminar Series event on September 9th, 2006. If things work out ,the DVD will be available in November of this year.

BTW I have also been approached to appear in a magazine in the near future also. Things are looking up for Joint Heir Media Group!!

Saturday, July 22, 2006


I will be holding another Sound Doctrine Seminar Event!!
This one will take place in Lorain, OH at Faith Ministries Christian Center.The dates have not been finalized yet but it will be in the next 4-6 weeks!

For those that were unable to attend the session at Anointed gates in Cleveland, this is an opportunity to not only attend the regular seminar, but I am going to hold a special "Intro to MultiMedia Session" that evening!
The July 15th session went very well and all the attendees expressed how happy they were that they came. Dave Kennedy from Guitar Center Cleveland brought out some cool gear for us to use for the hands on sessions. As a matter of fact, the hands on time went so well that we restructured the afternoon lectures so that the attendees got even MORE hands on time.

If you were not able to attend the previous session, log on to my website and pre-register for this one! If you provide me with more info about YOUR schedule I may even be able to arrange the date so that more people can attend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Post Seminar Update

The Sound Doctrine Seminar Series Event was a great success!
For those that weren't aware, Guitar Center Cleveland decided to co-sponsor the event with me! Dave Kennedy worked out all the details and got them to officially step in and help out! Big thanks!!

I arrived early on Saturday morning and made sure everything was in place. Guests came in right on time and we had a few moments to hang out and talk before the official start. There were many several churches and denominations present. I was pleased to find out that my online registration/payment process had been succesful for many in the group.

The morning session flew by quickly and a lot of information was exchanged.
After completing a good portion of "Flow with Me: The Basics of Sound and Sound Systems", we took a break before the hands on session. The group made it clear that they learned a lot when I inquired at the morning break.

Dave Kennedy from Guitar Center brought 3 hands on stations that had EQ, compression and gating for the attendees to work on during our breakout session. He did a great job of working with each person individually. While he had a few, I was also taking time to address questions from the remainder of the group. The attendees let me know that this was the best part of the day, so as a result I decided to re-work the afternoon to be more hands on. Instead of just talking about best practices we actually did them. Thanks to the Anointed Gates musicians, we had a live band to work with. We took the time to examine the mic'ing on the drums and were able to make a HUGE difference in the sounds! We corrected improper mic techniques and discussed what types of mics should be used as well as their placement. We even did some trouble shooting in a "real world" situation!

The turn out was good and all that attended expressed how much the fellowship and information had blessed them. I have a video and audio recording of the first half of the event, since I redid the afternoon session I haven't reviewed the footage yet but I hope to make it into my first video podcast!

The next Seminar will be held soon! Possibly as early as the last week in August, late as the end of September.

Until then remember It's about Sound, Not Doctrine!
Joint Heir Website

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The time is getting near!!

The seminar is coming together! I have just hooked up with a local music store (can't name them for legal/ corporate reasons) that is going to supply some great gear for all the attendees to get HANDS ON training!!

For those that haven't checked out my web page please go to the Joint Heir Media Group website and get more info on the seminar !

You can also take a look at THIS flier for more info.
I will have a new podcast posted tomorrow night! Make sure you subscribe to it HERE!!