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Working in Church Sound

Want to get some serious time on the console and hone your mixing skills?  Doing sound for a church or house of worship is a great place to start.  With some mega churches having sound systems as large and complicated as what you would find at an arena level rock concert, mixing church sound can be very fulfilling.

Below, Samantha talks about her experience working in audio and tech for houses of worship.

Tell me about your experience doing church sound. What was your official title? What were your duties?

My experience with church sound has been inadvertent and incredible. I’ve been heavily in the house of worship sector for six years now. I’ve had many titles: A1, producer, trainer, and even something called “IT media supervisor”. I often work in many different churches throughout the year as a consultant. One of my two consistent positions is that of a technical producer, or sorts. I’m in charge of a seminary’s weekly chapel...

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Working on a Cruise Ship as an Audio Tech

Working on a cruise ship is one way to get a lot of live sound and mixing experience but the job comes with many challenges!

Below, Victoria talks about her experience in working for one of the major cruise lines. 

Tell me about your job doing audio for cruise ships. What was your official title?  What were your duties?

I worked as a Lounge Technician. I was in charge of all the smaller entertainment spaces such as the Piano bar, Karaoke bar, Pool Deck, and any pop-up events. The number of venues varied by the size of the ship. I was responsible for the audio and lighting for all the shows that happened every night. Some of the larger ships have two Lounge Technicians, but most of them just have one in charge of it all.

 

What are the other audio positions on a cruise ship and what do those jobs include?

The only other audio position on the ship is a sound technician. They are assigned a space such as the main theater, the ice skating rink, or aqua theater. They...

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