QuickTip: Boiling a Frog
Have you heard this one?
If you throw a frog into boiling water, the frog will jump out. But if you throw the frog into cold water and slowly raise the temperature to a boil, the frog will stay in the water the entire time.
Volume can work the same way with a live audience.
Sometimes it’s better to ease things to a boil instead of throwing everyone right into the fire.
When I’m mixing live sound especially in churches, I am always thinking about transitions, and how I will move between elements. That might mean ramping the volume of something up or down to get closer to whatever is coming next. It might also mean starting that next thing a little louder or quieter than it ultimately needs to be.