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SLP supports sound for Syniverse Global

Nov 21 under SLP

SLP supports sound for Syniverse Global 2013 Annual International Conference

Church Sound: The Cost Of Getting It Wrong

Nov 27 under SLP

Thinking of updating an antiquated church sound system? It could cost you if you aren’t properly prepared.

~From Pro Sound Web

“A few weeks ago, Tim Cool from Visioneering posted a thought-provoking post of the same name (The Cost Of Getting It Wrong).

It’s very good, and I suggest you go read the whole thing. He asks several questions related to staffing, building and designing.

As I thought about what he wrote, one particular question resonated with me:

What will it cost to have the wrong audio and acoustics in your worship center? Again, this is not just the cost to fix the issue, but the frustration quotient and emotional capital. What are they worth?

This is one of the things I see churches missing regularly. How many churches have to build multi-million dollar buildings that sound terrible because they didn’t want to spend $20,000 on an acoustician? How many churches have to install hundreds of thousands of AVL gear that doesn’t work properly because they didn’t want to spend any money on design?

As someone who’s mission in life seems to be helping churches undo the bad tech decisions they’ve made (I’m sort of like a Mike Holmes of the church world), I can tell you the cost of getting it wrong is pretty high.

In my current church, for example, I’ve spent the last three years pulling out tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment that wasn’t thought through, and thus didn’t work. And of course, in addition to shelving all that old gear, we’ve had to spend money to buy new stuff.

It’s easy to see how churches fall into this trap. Most times, senior leadership has no idea how any of that AVL technology works, so they rely on either their staff—if they have them—or well-meaning volunteers when they have needs in the tech department. One of three things usually happen at this point.

Potential Outcomes

First Possibility: The staff or volunteers don’t know what they’re doing and ask for the budget to hire someone who does. Money is tight, so that request is denied, with the comment, “Just find a good deal and make it work.”

Second Possibility: The staff or volunteers don’t know what they are doing but don’t want anyone to know that, so they just try to figure it out. With the knowledge that money is tight, they look for a great deal and try to make it work.

Third Possibility: The staff or volunteers don’t know what they’re doing and ask for the budget to hire someone who does.

That request is approved, a knowledgeable consultant or integrator is brought in, and a well-designed system is implemented correctly.

Sadly, this seems rare.

I supposed there is a fourth possibility: The staff members or volunteers actually know what they are doing and put together a great system.

That does happen, though it’s mostly in larger churches with highly qualified technical staff. But as more churches are jettisoning their tech staff, this will happen less and less.

In the first two scenarios, you can guess that the results are not going to be good. Those are the “systems” (and I use that term loosely) that I end up tearing out.

Those systems are very expensive because they are paid for twice; once for the first attempt, and once again for the proper fix. Of course that assumes it only gets “fixed” once.

We Have To Fix This

Look, the resistance churches have to paying for good design has to end. We’ve all seen it, and we all know it’s a big problem. There is no savings to paying for something twice. It’s just math; and while I don’t expect senior leadership of the average church to be math wizards, it should be pretty easy to explain that 2x is more than 1x.

This also means we as technical artists—both paid and volunteer—have to take the lead here. I’m not saying you need to bring in a specialist every time you want to buy a vocal mic; but if you’re looking to install an IMAG system, know your limits. If you haven’t designed a well-functioning system or three, bring in someone who has. We have to stop just connecting a bunch of equipment together, hoping it will work.

For us in the technical world, this means holding our ground when we say we need design help. We simply must be willing to say, “I don’t know enough about this to be confident in designing a system. I need to bring in some help.” And we must hold to that position even when they say no. If you don’t think you can properly do the project, don’t do the project. Stop wasting your churches money.

Those in senior leadership have to get over wanting everything for free. Because guess, what, it’s not free. When you try to pinch every penny in the design process, you cost yourself and your church thousands, tens of thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars. Don’t be that leader.

Get it done right, not cheap. Believe me, it actually will be less expensive in the long run.

Mike Sessler is the Technical Director at Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, CA. He has been involved in live production for over 20 years and is the author of the blog, Church Tech Arts . He also hosts a weekly podcast called Church Tech Weekly on the TechArtsNetwork.”

New Various Artist releases with Haddorff Music

Jun 28 under SLP

Inner Peace – New Age – Atmospheres, Vol.6

Track 7: Blue Sands

Winter Dreams 2

Track 12: Ice (Siula Grande Ascent)

Free MUSIC from SLP

Apr 26 under SLP

In an effort to promote media education and progressive causes, SLP is now opening its entire music library to production groups meeting certain criteria. Music may be used in video/film production, CD releases, live events, web, classes and more. Applicable groups include, but are not limited to:

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SLP endorses Earth Charter

Aug 31 under SLP

SLP officially signs endorsement of The Earth Charter Initiative. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. In signing, SLP has pledged to join the global partnership for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world and to work for the realization of the values and principles of the Earth Charter.

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Neu English in acclaimed book

Aug 16 under Neu English

SLP’s own Neu English (formerly Martyrs for Passion) gets honorable mention in Mick Mercer’s “Music to Die For: The International Guide to Today’s Extreme Music Scene

Haddorff on Various Artists compilations

Aug 16 under Haddorff

Check out Haddorff’s “Ice (Siula Grande Ascent)” on

Utopia – Electronic Ambient Vol. 4 released 4.1.2011 on the Rosenklang label…

…Also soon to be released on the Rosenklang label, look for the Haddorff’s “Blue Sands” on New Age Atmospheres – Inner Peace Vol. 6

Haddorff receives ‘Artist of the Day’ on at SONG SPROUTS

May 9 under Haddorff

We are pleased to announce that Haddorff will be featured on the Song Sprouts front page as ‘Artist of the Day’ on May 13 2011!!

Song Sprouts is a music lovers site that features free music downloads.

Visit: http://www.songsprouts.com

Haddorff’s “To Sea” with CNN, renewable energy

Feb 22 under Haddorff

CNN renewable energy from Devilishly Handsome Productions on Vimeo.

United NationsCopenhagen Climate Change Conference commercial

Haddorff’s “The Flute” in Etruscan Odyssey Film

Feb 22 under Haddorff

Haddorff’s “The Mist” with International Needs Network

Feb 22 under Haddorff

Gulf oil spill observance • by Haddorff

Jun 29 under Haddorff

SLP music in the Milwaukee Public Museum

Jan 29 under Haddorff

Keep an eye out for the “Tranquil Landscapes” exhibit featuring Haddorff music in the museum, 2010

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