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Church Sound Boot Camp - Training Curriculum

Admit it. You love doing sound for your church.

There’s just something about bringing hundreds of tiny details and ideas together to create a mix that surprises even you at how good it sounds.

Often, usually, it works. Everyone goes home with a smile. A sense of accomplishment.

Then there are days when nothing worked. Try as you might, you just couldn’t get that mix to sound the way you heard it in your head.

When you’re honest with yourself, you realize there are some things that you still don’t know about how to get the best sound out of your system.

It’s not for the lack of gear. You have the equipment you need.

It’s just that “how” to use it in a way that delivers the sound you hear in your head is missing.

Not all the time. But often enough to matter.

It might be one small piece of information. Or it might be several.

You won’t stop until you find it.

But how do you find it?

It’s hard even knowing what to search for.

What do you ask for? Where do you even look?

It's true. There is a sea of knowledge available online.

Free for the finding.

We find it in bits and pieces.

And frankly it's tough to know where to start, let alone how to discern if the advice given was good, or just plain wrong.

Often an idea we find in one comment online can conflict with another comment found elsewhere.

It can start to feel like we're adrift on that sea, and it becomes so overwhelming that we stop trying.

How do I know all that?

Because I’ve walked that path myself.

I’ve been studying audio for the past forty years (and counting).

In hindsight, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way.

And I’ve managed to learn from them.

Well, I probably had to make some of those mistakes a couple of times before I learned not to do that again.

It turns out that our shared goal of consistent sound quality is not only achievable, it's frankly easy to accomplish once you understand a few key principles.

And since I’ve done it, I know that you can too.

Even better news. We have created a course that is filled to overflowing with the techniques, concepts, knowledge, and secrets – and YES, there are a few secrets -- that each sound tech must understand in order to master the sound system in their church.

It’s structured as a self-guided curriculum that you can study online, on your own schedule.

Listen, buying more gear isn't the answer. Seriously, it's just not.

Training tech teams to get the best sound quality using the gear they already have is where we need to start.

And that is where the Church Sound Boot Camp comes in.

We can guide you through that maze of information, pointing out the audio mythology to avoid, and getting you and your audio team on the right path to technical excellence.

No, I can’t turn your team into seasoned sound techs overnight. This process takes time.

But if you will dig in and really focus on what this course teaches, you will gain an unwavering sense of confidence by knowing not only HOW to make improvements to your sound, but WHY you are taking each of those steps.

We have taught literally thousands of church sound team volunteers, technical staff, worship pastors and musicians how to get the best sound quality from the gear they already have.

Now it’s your turn.

The Church Sound Boot Camp is a self-paced, self-guided curriculum that builds on your current understanding of all things audio and takes you to the next level of excellence. We may even fill in some gaps in that knowledge along the way.

It is deliberately and specifically organized in a way that underscores the signal flow of any sound system. By the time you have completed the course, that concept of signal flow will be so ingrained in your thought process that your ability to troubleshoot any audio issue that you encounter down the road will come easily.

That intentional flow of knowledge also provides the building blocks you and your team need to understand how each component of a sound system works, how they interrelate, and why we choose to use them in certain ways.

Yes, you could jump around to different sections of the course -- there are thirty-five modules in all, adding up to over five hours of fast-paced training -- but you would be doing yourself a disservice by missing certain key pieces of knowledge necessary to understand before you move to sections that come later in the course.

We are excited that you have found the Church Sound Boot Camp. We hope you are too.

Now, take the next step. Join us on this journey to learn more about audio.

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