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If your sound, especially music, sounds bad on your live-stream, what’s the church tech to do?

Mix with a dedicated mixing desk, audio engineer, and in a space acoustically separated from the sanctuary. Admittedly, this is both the best and worst solution since you’ll likely get the best results, but the cost, space, and personnel requirements make it a hard-sell.

You can also mix with a subout (or with groups, if one group is the problem, as suggested by one of my youtube viewers). As long as you have good noise-isolating (not noise canceling) headphones, this can give you good results for almost no money. The audio tech might not have the additional attention to spend on it, so it’s less than ideal, but better than the third alternative.

I call this the “bare minimum” approach. Every church that live-streams should at least have an ambient mic to add to the mix to bring some of the room sound in.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.