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Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship by Brad Herring

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CHAPTER 7

Stage Monitors and In-Ear Monitors

I continue to be surprised by the number of churches that don’t understand or use stage mixes. So, let’s take a moment and talk about what a stage mix is and why it’s important.

When you mix your service, the audience needs to hear a polished, well-rounded mix of the instruments and vocals. This mix is what creates an environment that encourages worship.

Alternatively, the musicians on your stage need to hear something very different. They need to hear components of the mix. For instance, the worship leader is going to need to hear your primary instrument (most likely a piano or guitar) and certain vocals. He or she might want to hear the drums or specifically the kick drum to help keep time. The ...

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