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Should It Sound Like That?

The best way to learn how to use the EQ is practicing with it. Play a CD over the sound system. Turn the knobs and listen to how the frequencies change.

Copyright Stan Myers. Used with permission.

After you have a good sound system put together, the most important piece of equipment you can by is a 2-channel 1/3 octave graphic EQ. This component can adapt the system to any acoustical space.

When purchasing anything, do your homework. Find out what the equipment is and is not capable of doing. Most impulse purchases will come back to haunt you. If at all possible, see if you can try the gear out in the store.

I do not want to endorse any particular company or product. A common caveat is, “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.” What I hate to see is someone walking out of a music store with a piece of equipment that does everything under the sun and then when you hook it up it sounds like you also bought the Pacific Ocean to go along with it.

Magazines like EQ, MIX and Electronic Musician all have reviews and great articles to help you make wise purchases.

The best measurement of successful purchases? A complete worship set where no one turns around to glare at the sound guy!


From Worship Update (3rd Quarter 1997), “Should It Sound Like That???” ©1997 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing, P.O. Box 68025, Anaheim, CA 92817-0825. USA. Used by Permission.

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About the Author: Joe Randeen is an adjunct professor at Vanguard University working in the online learning industry.

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