Questions for Gurus Chicago – 2012

I just confirmed that I’m going to be back at Gurus in Chicago next month. Last year’s conference in Chicago was great so I’m excited to once again get to take part in it.

They haven’t officially announced it, yet, but this time out I’m going to be on a panel about thriving at FOH along with my friends Scott Ragsdale(Willow Creek), Lee Fields(Bayside / Lincoln Brewster), and Mike Sessler(Church Tech Arts). We’ve already got a good set of questions for the panel, but now we’re also looking for some additional questions.

I know that many of you have been to these things in the past so I’m wondering if you have any new questions you’d want us to address this year. These can be questions about equipment, technique, or even just dealing with hypothetical situations. So what questions do you have? Are there questions you feel like never get answered in these sorts of things?

We want to make the Gurus conference as great a resource as possible for everyone attending this year. So if you’ve got questions you’d like us to potentially answer in our panel, please put them in the comments section below.

David Stagl

9 Responses to “Questions for Gurus Chicago – 2012

  • Whats the best way you’ve found to train your audio volunteers?

    • Great topic, Greg. Is there anything more specific in there that you’re interested in?

  • Considering the number of church plants and small churches that hold services in rented spaces, such as gymnasiums and multi-purpose rooms, which are highly reflective in nature, what can their FOH folks do for establishing a solid clear mix both for the house and for the monitor mixes?

  • Steve Davis
    12 years ago

    Are any of the Android audio tools worth it? Is my $3.00 app going to get me anywhere near the quality of a $1,000 smaart system?

    What could I do to make my $3.00 app better? Off board microphone etc…

    • I’ll just address this now Steve because we’re done submitting questions for the breakout. You’re not going to get the same performance as a $1000 Smaart system, but at the same time it also depends on what you’re trying to use it for. The Dual FFT engine in Smaart is what really makes it so powerful, and you’re not going to get that in a phone, yet.

      When I saw Regina Spektor opening for Tom Petty a couple weeks ago, her FOH guy had an iPhone with an RTA running. I think these apps can be useful, but you have to learn how to interpret the data on them for what you’re trying to do.

  • Hi Dave. I know you have completed submission for the Q&A. My digital console experience is almost exclusively Yamaha. I have a gig coming up which will be my second time on a Profile. I don’t want to get too heavy into plugins but can you recommend a few “starters” for someone not incredibly proficient on the system? Are the standard cops/gates/eq alright on the Profile? Thanks!

    • The onboard VENUE stuff is good. I still use them quite a bit, and I’m not alone. I noticed on the latest Petty tour that Scovill is using the onboard processing for a fair amount of stuff. I always recommend starting with that for most stuff. Beyond that, you can play around with some of the comps like Smack and the Purple Audio MC77 which should be stock plugins. If the desk has any Waves stuff, Ren EQ and Comp are good. H-Comp is also cool. The CLA Classic Compressors (CLA-76, CLA-2A, and CLA-3A) are great and it’s hard to go wrong with any of those three.

  • Great thanks Dave! Looking forward to hearing from you at GURUS!