PODCAST

The ChurchGear Podcast

Toby Walters

Are you a church tech director? If so, this podcast exists to serve you specifically. Each week we pull the tech director out of the booth and place them onto the stage to share their most outlandish stories and hidden wisdom from the tech trenches. Hosted by Toby Walters and Blake Hodges.

College for Church Techs with Ryan Loche [The Belonging Co]
3d ago
College for Church Techs with Ryan Loche [The Belonging Co]
Should church techs go to college if they’ve already got a job offer? If they’re halfway through college, should they drop out for a job offer to be a church tech full time? Ryan Loche is the academic director at the Beloningco college and a PhD student at Liberty University. He joins us to discuss education’s role in a church tech director’s life. In this episode you'll hear: 0:40 Toby’s college years4:36 We introduce Ryan Loche at the FILO conference8:23 Running 1,500 light cues at once 10:20 Meeting Weird AL Yankovic12:20 The Belonging Co Origin Story 14:10 The next generation of church tech directors 22:05 Should church techs go to college? 25:12 The practical side of college for church techs 27:15 Post covid burnout for church techs 31:00 Hard conversations course 34:00 What we miss out on by dropping out of college 35:30 Tech Takeaway on having fun as a team & forgiving mistakesPlugsThe Belonging Co collegeRyan's Instagram The Church Collective podcastResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service
Church of the Highlands LD, Griffin McCravy [Live @ FILO]
Jun 20 2022
Church of the Highlands LD, Griffin McCravy [Live @ FILO]
How do you run one of the largest churches in America with mostly volunteers? Griffin McCray is the Broadcast Lighting Director for the Church of the Highlands in Alabama and he joins us to discuss lighting, salary offers, and how he became the lighting professional he looked up too as a kid. 1:00 Toby stumbles into a massive church stock room 6:14 We introduce Griffin McCravy! 13:25 Five Truths and a Lie 23:00 The start of Griffin’s lighting director role 24:50 Volunteers run Church of the Highlands 29:00 Can church techs wear a non black shirt?32:32 Pulling in the congregation with lighting design 39:00 AVL Church Tech Department Battles 42:20 Church of the Highlands’s Christmas service 44:00 What it’s like learning audio, video and lighting 45:30 Griffin’s proudest moment as a lighting director48:00 Tech Takeaway on honestly on our salaries and offers PlugsHangout with Griffin on Instagram. Checkout Highland's production Check out Griffin's work on Thought LeaderResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early Service
Mixing FOH for Crowder, Sunday Services and Murder Attempts by Speakers [Quinton Kelley]
May 23 2022
Mixing FOH for Crowder, Sunday Services and Murder Attempts by Speakers [Quinton Kelley]
If a full line array crushed you on day two of a tour, could you continue? Q joins us this week to discuss his years of being a church tech, his time mixing FOH for Crowder and why safety is important for setting up shows!  Quinton Kelley is the front of house mixer for Crowder, a frequent freelancer and mixer for  local churches and production manager at Backstage Productions. 1:13 “Four Truths and a Lie about Crowder”6:40 We play “5 Truths and a Lie” with Quinton Kelley  17:45 Q’s journey into the church tech life 24:20 Difference between mixing Crowder’s shows and Sunday services 26:50 “It recalls nothing” near disaster story when mixing Crowder 30:55 Favorite live sound moment of all time [God really loves us]33:05 Artists Q dreams about mixing for34:50 Q’s favorite mixing console of all time 37:00 Tech Takeaway on being spirit lead instead of technically rigid PlugsConnect with Q at Backstage Productions Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Lee Fields on Hard Conversations, Learning New Gear and Cowboy Boots [MxU]
May 16 2022
Lee Fields on Hard Conversations, Learning New Gear and Cowboy Boots [MxU]
You know him. You love him. We have Lee Fields with us this week! We talk with him about his time co-founding MxU, church production trends and a mountain of antics and random opinions on (but not included to) cowboy boots and jet skis. 0:53 Toby’s dad should literally  be dead after this story9:45 We introduce MxU’s Lee Fields 13:10 Lee sits next to Justin Bieber (celebrities at church) 21:10 We FINALLY transition over to MxU’s origin story and purpose34:48 Bootstrapping in the early days of MxU 36:22 Who originally raised the bar in the church production world? 39:25 Where will the next church tech trends come from in the production world? 43:10 The church setups Lee’s enjoyed the most over the years45:00 Lee’s approach to learning new Tech concepts50:10 Disaster story: Losing the PA during Bayside’s Christmas service 54:02 “Who said it” about Lee Fields 58:55 Lee builds his dream production gear setup 1:01:30 Tech Takeaway on vocals and hard conversations PlugsGet MxU's training videos. Join us at an MxU live event this Fall! Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Broadcasting Well with King Williams (Broadcast Engineer for the Grand Ole Opry)
May 9 2022
Broadcasting Well with King Williams (Broadcast Engineer for the Grand Ole Opry)
The Grand Ole Opry is iconic and the venue's reach is immense. King Williams stops by to tell his story of going from a guy fixing gear on Nashville’s Music Row to the Broadcast Engineer for the Grand Ole Opry. In this episode you'll hear: 1:00 The dangers of setting a drink on a console 6:00 We introduce King Williams (Broadcast Engineer at the Grand Ole Opry)11:00 King’s wife wants him to look like Keith Urban to “spice things up” 14:45 King’s path to becoming the Broadcast Engineer at the Grand Ole Opry 30:35 The session that got King the job at the Opry 37:00 The three mixes that happen at the Opry & King’s inspiration 38:00 King’s advice on broadcasting your services well42:23 The Grand Ole Opry’s secret sauce to broadcasting well 47:08 King’s favorite artists that he’s worked with at the Grand Ole Opry 50:25 Tech Takeaway on phase translations PlugsCheck out King's broadcasting skills on the Grand Ole Opry Circle Network or  their YouTube channel. Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
FILO's Todd Elliott on Valuing your Time and Trying New Things
Apr 28 2022
FILO's Todd Elliott on Valuing your Time and Trying New Things
What if we’re the ones putting pressure on ourselves to work 80 hour weeks? Todd Elliott joins us to discuss how to value your own time in the production process, how to try new things and how he realized the church tech community had similar problems and needed more community. Todd Elliott is a writer, speaker, technical artist in the local church and the founder of FILO. 1:05 “There was murder in my wife’s eyes” story from Toby 5:30 Todd Elliott tells the first lie of his life. 12:30 Kindergarten Todd is held at gunpoint 13:45 Todd “runs into” the CEO of General Motors 15:28 Todd realized all Church Techs have similar problems and lacked community 22:28 The content, speakers and breakouts to look forward to at FILO’s conference26:40 “I Love Jesus but I Hate Christmas” Todd on Tech Director’s being overworked 29:09 Near Death Disaster Story: Failing to counter balance correctly can be deadly 32:40 Live Sound Disaster Story: Running for the score (Prop problem) 34:43 Weighing your time, health and standing up for yourself 39:55 Tech Takeaway on being brave enough to suck at something new Plugs43:02 Join the FILO Conference May 10th and 11th 43:40 Download the “I Love Jesus but I Hate Christmas” book44:18 Sign up for the FILO cohort training on leading volunteers, communicating with your pastor, saying no , etc. Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Maximizing Production Budgets with Alexa Ross [Fellowship Church Grapevine]
Apr 25 2022
Maximizing Production Budgets with Alexa Ross [Fellowship Church Grapevine]
You're a freshmen in high school, and Bret Michael's monitor engineer has just asked you to take over for him. Do you drop out of school to go out on tour?Alexa Ross is the Audio Engineer at Fellowship Church Grapevine in Texas. She’s been mixing for most of her life and has been invited to go on tour more times than she can count. 1:35 Toby goes to Lakewood Church (Pastor: Joel Osteen) to see their Sunday Service 5:30 Toby sees a familiar box at Fellowship Church Grapevine8:00 Audio Engineer, Alex Ross, lies to us 15:10 Mixing on the road vs. mixing at church17:20 Running monitors for Fellowship Grapevine vs. Bret Michaels 19:40 Alexa’s love for the PM1D 21:40 Flying under the radar with wireless gear next to the DMW airport25:10 Communication between the band and the tech team during service 28:00 Maximizing your church’s production budget30:40 Fellowship’s vision to redo the control room 31:55 Fellowship’s plans to upgrade their consoles33:50 Live Sound Disaster story 37:08 Tech Takeaway on proactive communication with the worship team and pastor for their Sunday service visionsLinks for the Guest39:30: Ed Young Radio and The Dumb Ask leadership podcast Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Ministry Burnout, Hard Conversations & Powering Through [Christ Community’s Caleb Loeppky]
Apr 18 2022
Ministry Burnout, Hard Conversations & Powering Through [Christ Community’s Caleb Loeppky]
How do you keep church tech directors from burning out in ministry before age 30? Caleb Loeppky consistently counsels church techs on how to have hard conversations, how to change jobs, and how to stick it out in a tough season.Caleb is the Tech Director for Christ Community Church and he also works with Slingshot Group to help churches find church tech director talent. You'll hear: 1:05 A missed train stop nearly kills the ChurchGear crew in Chicago. 7:13 We introduce Caleb Loeppky (Technical Director at Christ Community Church) 8:58 Caleb lies to us (chest tattoos, being stalked, & 21 Pilots) 13:15 Missing the Mix: Caleb could have mixed for 21 Pilots 16:19 Caleb’s rapid climb in his Church Tech career20:04 How young church tech directors can prevent burnout in ministry 26:06 Counseling Church Tech directors through tough ministry moments(Slingshot)27:59 Amplio systems gives Christ Community Church an upgrade31:00 Why you need a tent over your monitors. (Oh Crap moment)36:10 Worst Sunday Service moment Caleb’s ever experienced 41:58 How Caleb counsels church techs experiencing burnout 44:20 Hard conversations with your pastor (Death by meetings)49:00 Scratching your creative itch & making more money with contract work 50:45 Tech Takeaway on finding professional and personal satisfaction outside of workLinks for the GuestSlingshot(56:20) Reach out to Caleb at cloeppky@slingshotgroup.org to talk about how he can help your church find a tech director for you. Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Knowing When to Stay or Leave Ministry [Amplio’s Dillan Howell]
Apr 11 2022
Knowing When to Stay or Leave Ministry [Amplio’s Dillan Howell]
Church creative teams have seen a mass exodus over the past three years. How do you know if its your time to leave or if you should double down in the area you’ve been placed? Dillan Howell frequently speaks to church worship leaders and church techs all across the country on this issue. He gives us his advice for when to stay in ministry and when to leave, a near death disaster story and advice on doing your best work wherever you’re at. He has been a church planter, weekend producer at Central Church and an Executive Producer at Faith Promise Church. He is currently serving as the Director of Church Relations for Amplio Group. 1:40 The church politics that play out when you sell the organ.7:25 We introduce Dillan Howell 10:40 Love story: Dillan and his wife met in 2nd grade?! 15:45 A call to difficult, necessary conversations 20:55 The stress on church tech teams to do live streams during Covid22:00 Advice for the worship leader who is contemplating a career change24:30 Dillan’s story of leaving ministry to serve the church with Amplio. 27:10 Amplio’s approach to serving churches’ AVL Integration needs 30:07 Fun Install Story: Transitioning Saddleback from broadcast cameras to cinematic34:55 Doing your best work, whatever the role or circumstance you’re in. 38:34 Disaster Story: A deadly Central Church Production story at Christmas44:45 “Who Said It” Segment: Dillan’s friends anonymously grill him47:59 Tech Takeaway on crushing the details Monday-Friday so Sunday is already setLinks for the GuestConnect with Dillan on his website.Connect with Amplio for your integration needs. Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Mixing under Pregnancy & Presidential Pressure (Bayside’s David Roediger)
Apr 4 2022
Mixing under Pregnancy & Presidential Pressure (Bayside’s David Roediger)
Would you be able to focus on the mix for a US vice president when your wife is moments away from going into labor? David's been serving in church ministry for 13 years and is a production manager at Bayside church in CA. He has worked with three United States presidents, the Luis Palau Association, and more artists than we can count:  Thrive Worship, Newsboys, Lincoln Brewster, Elton John, Mutemath, For King and Country, Lecrae, Tool, Cake, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Toby Mac, NF, Crowder, Tim McGraw, We Are Messengers, Brad Paisley, Atreyu, and Mudvayne.1:10 Toby mixes side stage with a side of nudity 6:01 Five Truths & a Lie with David Roediger 11:30 Mixing for a Vice President during pregnancy  15:13 Working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers 17:55 Being a Production Manager at Bayside Church CA20:30 Mixing for Newsboys in Nashville. 22:00 Live Sound Disaster story: Newsboys 26:54 Learning to mix while living in Alaska 29:26 How to build your church’s tech team31:10 Recruiting church production volunteers in the youth group 34:10 David’s first job running sound at a church 37:34 David’s favorite concert of all time44:50 Tour Time Machine: Which tour would you like to retroactively mix for? 47:50 Tech Takeaway on asking for new gear in a genuine way Resources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Seeing the Light with Robby Kurtz
Mar 28 2022
Seeing the Light with Robby Kurtz
Would you read a Hog Two's entire manual over the weekend to be Natalie Cole's lighting director? Robby Kurtz was thrown to the wolves on his first show, but he ran with the pack, used his skills across the globe, and became New Life Church's LD right before Christmas. He has done the lights for Natalie Cole & Jesus Culture, worked in TV and his 6 truths and a lie segment has some adrenaline-pumping stories. In this episode you'll hear: 1:38 The stickiest piece of gear we’ve ever bought6:34 We introduce Robby Kurtz with his death-defying truths and lies.11:10 John 3:16 > Border Security 12:45 A fifteen person van is carried by the Lord15:02 Learning the Hog Two lighting board on the fly to be Natalie Cole’s LD.  19:40 How he nearly got fired on his first two shows 22:36 The difficulties of being a Christian on the road 26:34 Lighting Journeyman: trade shows, Daystar Television network, video editing29:30 Becoming the LD for New Life Church right before Christmas31:00 Do churches own all the fog machines they use at Christmas & Easter? 33:50 How 4Wall serves churches with gear rentals 37:00 Encouragement for current church lighting directors 40:32 Robby’s top 5 albums of all time 42:42 Tech Takeaway on the best place to place your lights in your serviceResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Fixing your Gear Mid Show with Brian Boggs
Mar 21 2022
Fixing your Gear Mid Show with Brian Boggs
How do you keep the church service going smoothly when production gear could break at any moment? Brian Boggs guests to give us his advice on handling live sound snafus in concert settings and church services. Boggs has been a touring audio guy for 20+ years, and worked with artists such as Fuel, Joe Diffie, Wynonna Judd,  and Delbert McClinton. When he isn’t mixing on the road, he is serving as a church tech director or fixing production gear at ChurchGear HQ. In this episode you'll hear: 1:00 Toby goes to Ben Rector’s listening party & hears how Snoop Dogg guests.5:28 We introduce Brian Boggs9:14 Boggs mixes the 2004 Super Bowl Afterparty9:53 How Boggs learned to fix production gear on the road 13:45 The mindset you need to fix production gear mid show15:00 Live Sound Disaster story: The console drops out completely. 21:10 Handling the pressures and personalities when you’re mixing for artists23:25 Advice for church techs considering mixing on a tour24:30 The difference between mixing on the road vs. mixing at church27:00 Maximizing the gear your church budget can afford29:27 Duct Tape Solutions: How Boggs survived a speaker snafu 30:40 Tech Takeaway on resiliency & gain structureResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Quitting college to mix Michael W. Smith's Sessions [Rob Burrell]
Mar 14 2022
Quitting college to mix Michael W. Smith's Sessions [Rob Burrell]
Many Church Tech directors get job offers before they're even out of college. Should they drop out and jump into the tech booth early?Rob Burrell decided to make the jump and it seems to have worked out!Rob  is currently mixing in immersive tech such as Dolby Atmos & Sony 360. He has mixed for MWS, Josh Groban, Charlie Daniels and Jennifer Nettles. Oh, and he has won some Grammys but didn't get invited to the ceremony. In this episode: 1:17 Toby visits a Nashville artist's hangar to buy gear. We don't buy their jet. 7:04  We introduce Rob Burrell11:55 Jennifer Nettles needs some Hertz taken out of her voice. 15:00 Dolby Atmos & Sony 360 system story 18:43 Rob’s start in tech24:20 Rob’s transition from Rockstar to audio engineer28:00 Mixing Front of House at church vs. mixing in a studio32:06 Being a Pro Tools Op for the Country Music Awards37:47 You can win a Grammy but not be invited to the ceremony?!39:47 The fun of being a Focusrite brand ambassador 47:30 Tech Takeaway on being adventurous49:57 Mixing at Skywalker Ranch with Michael W Smith storyResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
FOH Engineer and Allen & Heath Install Empress [What can Samantha Potter not do?]
Mar 7 2022
FOH Engineer and Allen & Heath Install Empress [What can Samantha Potter not do?]
Industry Insider Samantha Potter joins us to discuss all the church tech trends and news:The impact of chip shortages on mixing boardsInspiring young girls to try tech How  Allen & Heath customized new mixing boards for houses of worship specificallySamantha Potter is a FOH & Broadcast Engineer, Senior Editor for ProSoundWeb magazine, Install Empress at Allen & Heath and is the host of the ChurchSound Podcast. In this episode you'll hear: 0:28 A story of a dead mixer and a burger that could kill your heart.8:22 Two Truths and a lie to introduce Samantha Potter16:34 The late night life of a production manager 18:06 Samantha’s start in tech & Toby gives a date disaster story24:06 Samantha’s work at Allen & Heath for install and applications 27:51 The chip shortage created from the supply chain change ups  30:31 Samantha’s favorite Allen & Heath Gear 33:45 Being a senior editor at Pro Sound Magazine 39:56 Inspiring young girls to consider a career in church tech 44:46 The importance of auditing your system regularly 47:58 Tech Takeaway on calling cues and maximizing liquids in the boothResources for your Church Tech MinistryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to buy brand new gear? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Mixing for Joe Pesci with Ryan Sutton
Feb 25 2022
Mixing for Joe Pesci with Ryan Sutton
When you’re working with musical icons like Frankie Valli, Adam Levine and Jeff Beck, how do you set the pressure aside and focus fully on the mix? Ryan Sutton is a producer, musician and engineer. Throughout his career he has worked with: Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys, Jeff Beck, Adam Levine, For King & Country and Joe Pesci! In this episode you'll hear: How Ryan mixed the track for “Baby Girl” by Joe Pesci featuring Adam Levine. How Ryan recently did the live stream mix for Miss America for Peacock. How to handle Twitter criticism when people blame you for things that aren’t your fault. The differences between running live sound and doing studio recording. A vintage gear story about a U47 Telefunken microphone that was allegedly used by Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.A Tech Takeaway about not being married to your ideas.Resources for your ministryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to pay full price? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
A Lifetime of Church Tech with Brian Cigainero
Feb 21 2022
A Lifetime of Church Tech with Brian Cigainero
How does a high school student running his choir's sound board go on to produce over 5,000 radio programs? Our very own sound engineer, Brian Cigainero, jumps out of the editing chair and into the guest chair in this week's episode to tell us how. In this episode you'll hear: A successful celebrity sighting followed by an unsuccessful sightingA literal ‘shocking’ storyHow a high school student ran the board for the very choir shows he was singing inThe 'proper' way to dress like a rockstarToby throws his dad under the bus, backs up over him and then drives offLessons Brian's Tech mentor taught him. The immense opportunity Tech Directors have to train middle/high school students to become tech directorsHow small churches can improve their church’s setup on a budgetAbout the creative challenge Brian faced when he needed to create sounds we all know in our minds but have never heard with our ears. Ex: the Red Sea parting. Advice to young techs: If you're a young tech director in college but you're already getting job offers, should you leave school early? A philosophical Tech Takeaway Resources for your ministryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to pay full price? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.
Lighting Keith Urban’s shows with Nathan Alves
Feb 16 2022
Lighting Keith Urban’s shows with Nathan Alves
How does a teenager volunteering as a lighting tech at Calvary Assembly of God Church go on to design shows for Barry Manilow, Keith Urban and John Mayer? Nathan Alves stops by ChurchGear studios to tell us. In this episode you'll hear: How Nathan lights shows for some of the biggest names in music like Barry Manilow, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Richard Simmons, and tons moreThe difficulties of being a tech on tourHis process for creating arena showsHis opinion on Full Sail University His top tip for new lighting gradsStories where everything that could go wrong didDealing with Imposter Syndrome A Tech Takeaway on approaching challenging requests Resources for your ministryDoes your church have used gear that you need to convert into new ministry dollars? We can make you an offer here. Do you need some production gear but lack the budget to pay full price? You can get Certified Church Owned gear here.Connect with Nathan Alves at The Darkroom Creative!Connect with us: Follow us on FacebookHang out with us on InstagramSee all the ways we can serve your church on our WebsiteGet our best gear sent to your inbox each Monday before it goes public via the Early ServiceWe're giving away a Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Friday May 27th. To enter: 1. Just review us on Apple podcasts. 2. Screenshot your review.3. Email it to blake@churchgear.comThat's it! You'll be entered and we will announce it live on Instagram next week.