New Book Teaches How to Conquer Church Sound Issues

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Stop Stressing About Sound: Practical Advice About Church Sound Issues, a new book from TC Furlong Inc., lays out a plan for developing a successful and effective audio ministry, whether for a church plant or a megachurch. The book is in three parts: How to recruit, train, and care for your sound team; Technical aspects of the sound ministry, including system design, purchase, and installation strategies; and a Step-by-step plan to build an effective ministry.

Lightning stays at a consistent introductory level, while also including fundamentals and essentials that every church needs

Audio quality issues plague houses of worship in every region and in every denomination. These issues have the potential to negatively affect the ministry -- a couple feedback squeals can cause the congregation to spend more time looking back at the sound engineer instead of focusing on the sermon. If the band is too loud, members may stay away. These issues can be worsened by the fact that most pastors do not have an understanding of the basic principles of sound engineering, or a plan on how to build a quality technical production ministry.

To combat these issues, TC Furlong Inc. announces its first publication, Stop Stressing About Sound: Practical Advice About Church Sound Issues. Written by Lightning Atkinson in conjunction with TC Furlong Inc., this book lays out a plan for developing a successful and effective audio ministry, whether for a church plant or a megachurch.

Lightning Atkinson has been mixing in churches as both a volunteer and paid staff member for more than ten years. He has also worked for audio-visual staging companies, audio equipment manufacturers, and as a freelance audio engineer. Currently most of his time is spent consulting with houses of worship on how to refine both their sound systems and technical ministries.

Atkinson gets past all the technical jargon and addresses the function, operation, and needs of a technical ministry. The first part of the book deals with the ministry itself -- how to recruit, train, and care for the members of your sound team. Atkinson then covers the technical aspects of a sound ministry -- including the function of different gear, addressing feedback and volume concerns, and strategies for sound system design, purchase, and installation. The book finishes with a step-by-step plan to build your sound ministry from a portable church plant to being capable of handling a full band. The book also includes several useful "Quick Reference Sheets" that can be copied and provided to sound engineers.

"Lightning stays at a consistent introductory level, while also including fundamentals and essentials that every church needs," said Chris Gille, Audio Director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, "I found answers to the 'top ten' audio-in-church questions I hear quite often...there is something in this book for every church."

Stop Stressing About Sound: Practical Advice About Church Sound Issues is available now from TC Furlong Inc. for $24.95. Since 1973 TC Furlong Inc. has been providing professional audio equipment, rentals, and professional services to houses of worship throughout Chicagoland and the US.

For more information about this book, please contact Michael Tiojanco at TC Furlong Inc. at 847-367-9588 or email him at michael @ tcfurlong.com.

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