Archives For November 2012

In order to abide by the “100% Rule” that we talked about last week, we all need to be thinking about simplicity, but we also need to be thinking about consistency.

If there in one instrument in the band that has the ability to make or break the overall sound of the band, it is … yes, you guessed it — the drums.  (Pretty much everyone else can just be turned off)

Drummers, this one is for you — Consistency.

One of the greatest tells on whether a drummer is an experienced player or an amateur player is how consistent their grooves are throughout a song.  If a drummer keeps changing its groove through the sections of the songs, it’s next to impossible for the rest of the band to lock into it.  Here’s what it might sound like for your band to play with an inconsistent drummer …

As a drummer, can I ever change the groove that I’m playing in a song?  Of course you can.  But, unless the arrangement asks for something different, the only typical places for a drummer to switch things up are new sections (Verse, PreChorus, Chorus, Bridge, etc).

Keep your grooves consistent and simple so that the rest of the band layer on top of what you’re playing!

Part 2 of 8 in the series Taking It Apart

Kick this one

We’re kicking off our “Taking It Apart” series with the kick drum! Poetic, I know. And since it’s often channel #1 on the board, it’s makes for an easy starting point.

Three parts to the sound of a kick drum, as I hear it, are the “thud”, the “ring”, and the “attack”. In fact, these three sounds are found in the sonic palette of every drum! Let’s take a look at them one-by-one.

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The 100% Rule.  It all comes back to the 100% Rule.  Following or ignoring this rule will make or break the sound of your band.

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Part 1 of 8 in the series Taking It Apart

Louise listens

Mixing starts with listening! Good listening technique can improve the way we perceive a mix. Any audio sources can be broken down into the smaller sounds it’s comprised of. When we describe these “building block sounds” we create a language for critical listening, which is a foundational exercise for anybody who mixes audio.

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Welcome to the Amplify Blog

Amplify —  November 16, 2012 — Leave a comment

Now, the information that you would typically receive from us on one day will be available to you all throughout the year!  Our hope is that this will be an encouragement and inspiration for everyone in our music and/or tech ministries, regardless of skill level and experience.

On a weekly basis, you will find new articles, videos, and other posts on the simplest of practical tips and tricks all the way through to high level vision casting.  We know these posts will help you navigate through the routines and requirements of a volunteer in your specific area.

Narrow your search by category (found in the right column), sign in on facebook/twitter/etc. and leave comments on posts and engage in discussions, even share these posts with others!  We want this site to be a way for you to develop your gifts and be even more equipped and inspired to serve in your ministry area.

If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jared Taylor or Andrew Stanley.  We’d love to walk you through how to get the most out of this site.

Jared & Andrew

Some things just go together

Tim Day —  November 16, 2012 — 7 Comments

Some things just go together. For me it’s root beer and good pizza, Christmas and my mom’s sticky buns, and the Super Bowl and smokin’ hot chicken wings – I notice a bit of a food theme happening here!

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You get to that intimate, worshipful moment in your set. The Spirit is moving … and then this happens.  Sometimes, you just can’t avoid awkward moments — learn to laugh at yourself — yes, even in public!

If you were with us on Saturday, November 17th at the Amplify Conference, you will remember the general session we had about playing together as a team.  It’s one thing to be very talented on your instrument — certainly, keep developing that skill!  But, the first thing that you notice (hopefully) when you show up to a rehearsal for the first time is that it takes far more than skill on your instrument to fit into the overall sound in a band context.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be posting video clips and articles that relate to just that — what it means to play together as a band.  Did you know that it’s possible (and very common) to overplay?  Do you know what to listen for when trying to figure out your part?  Did you know that there are other instruments in the band that have the potential of clashing with your instrument just by where they’re playing on the fretboard or octave on the piano?  How do we listen for these potential issues and what do we do to avoid them?

Stay tuned — We’ll dive into all of these questions and much more in the coming days and weeks!


Mix sound effect font“Thump” “sizzle” “boom” “attack” – the language of audio mixing can sound a lot like the classic Batman TV series!

What do these words refer to? What frequencies are we talking about? How do we use this to tailor the sound of a source? Follow along in our series “Taking It Apart” as we deconstruct voices, guitars, drums, etc. on the road to a better mix!