Computer Networking for Churches 101: Routers, Wireless and tons more

Networks are everywhere, and churches are more and more dependant on reliable networks every weekend. This post covers some networking fundamentals, and some basic tips and tricks to help you improve the speed and reliability of your house of worship's network. Here is the deal, I'm going to start with…

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Automating ProPresenter with Ableton Live and Network-based MIDI

Two programs that are becoming increasingly ubiquitous at churches these days are Ableton Live and ProPresenter. Here is a quick "how-to" tutorial on using an Ableton Live session to automate ProPresenter slide changes. At my church we use this method for sets with very specific arrangements, or special numbers that…

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Vista Lighting Remote: Help

Contents 1. "Why can't your App do..." 2. "How do I delete cues and cue lists?" 3. "How come none of my triggers are working?" 1. "Why can't your App do..." The Vista Lighting Remote for iOS is a very basic App. This is primarily because the App is based…

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Mainstage 3 Synth: Optimizing CPU and RAM Utilization for Worship

Ever wonder why MainStage is running slow, or why you're hearing weird pops or cracks, or why switching patches creates this terrible awkward pause in that awesome huge pad you were using to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Yeah, me too. Here's what's going on: MainStage CPU…

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3 Keys for Making Your Volunteer Church Techs Successful

Here are a few simple keys I've discovered to help make your church's volunteer audio/video/lighting/whatever team as successful as possible: 1. Invest in Documentation NOW There is this concept called "technical debt" in software development. It refers to the idea that code written quickly or without proper…

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Digitally Mixing Modern Worship Part 3: Life with the GLD-80

About four months ago I began this series on digitally mixing modern worship with a post about getting started with the GLD-80. I thought it was time for a short post on how "life with the GLD-80" has been over the last few months, so here goes: Volunteer Friendliness Unless…

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Worship Synth MainStage Keyboard Setup

It's been a while since I talked about the synth rig I've created for our team here at Harvest Christian Fellowship, so I thought I'd post a bit of an update. If you'd like, you can download our MainStage set and follow along: Download the Set Background First off, you…

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Performance Drums/Loops Setup for June Rocks

Occasionally I get the chance to play some music. One of my favourite gigs is called June Rocks, a solid rock show put on by a small high school in Massena (Northern New York). Every year the students get to try out for the chance to sing any song they…

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