Too often when we think of church livestreams only in terms of video. After all, it’s a visual medium. But it’s more than that. Unless your church has returned to the silent era, audio is a huge part of your livestream. You need to pay attention to your livestream audio if you hope to attract and keep viewers.
When you watch your livestream, does the worship portion of your service sound like it does when you’re standing in your auditorium — or does it seem dry and lifeless? If it’s the latter, your livestream audio mix may be the culprit.
Whether your church mixes the audio for web livestream on a separate desk in a separate room or you use the same mix from the front of house mixer in the room, there are some things you can do to add live, presence and a sense of space into the mix you use for your service video.
In this video by Practical Worship, you’ll see how one church uses panning, reverb and room mics to improve the worship experience of those watching at home.
This video covers:
- Actual audio examples of our broadcast mix
- Why we use panning to create space in the mix (even though the sound system is mono)
- How we use reverb on the drums
- How we use reverb on the vocals (and why we differentiate between the lead and BGV vocals)
- How we incorporate room mics to bring a bit of the room back into the video recording
Follow these techniques and your viewers will thank you.