Choosing the right console for your house of worship is the first step in building the best audio mix for worship. However, narrowing down your choices from the seemingly limitless options available can be a daunting task, especially if (like most audio nerds) all the ‘bells and whistles’ excite you.
When it comes time to choosing a new console, there are several factors to consider. Knowing what you will be mixing on the console is key – the greater the mix demands, the more of those nifty bells and whistles you will need!
Are there future growth plans that could change your immediate mixer needs? If your house of worship is currently portable and only using a small worship band (think drummer, lead guitar, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar) with some or all musicians pulling double-duty as vocalists, you only have your pastor using a headset mic, and you are feeding the mix to on-stage monitors and a portable speaker system, your I/O needs will be relatively small.