All participants must post this sign on all doors entering the building on the date of recording. All printed Church programs for the day must also have a reference to the recording with same verbiage. Please take a photo of the signs posted (and date it) and the Church programs for turn in with your audio recording.
You are free to choose whether you prepare a dedicated worship/recording night for this or if you record them during a normal service. You can coach the audience and do the song several times in a row to get the best vocal take you’re able to, or you can just let it be live and spontaneous, but only the lyrics to the song should be recorded. Every church is different so we are excited to see what we get!
While there are many different ways you can approach recording these songs, here is our suggestion: We hope you pick 1-3 songs to learn and record that fit with your church culture. After you have led the song(s) for a few weeks and the congregation is familiar with them, lead the song with the music downloaded from www.TheChurchWillSing.com or lead the song with a single instrument (piano and/or pad is preferred as it is easiest to filter out, but acoustic guitar is okay also). It would be very helpful if you used a click so the tempo matches our tempo. This way it will be easiest to use the congregation vocals. It would be amazing if you can have time where you step back from the mic and let the crowd take the CH of the song. This will make it even easier to use. I can flex timing a bit as needed but hopefully they stay close to the right tempo.
You know your church better than us so feel free to take these guidelines and do what you will. You can send us as many recordings and takes of the songs as you choose to do
The more audience microphones recording the better. Two microphones are the absolute minimum, while 4-8 is ideal. There is a good possibility that we get an overzealous audience member that may make using certain placements hard (can I get an amen?) or other technical problems.
Please label the audio files as clearly as possible. (so when I get them I am not guessing which are stereo pairs, front, back, side, etc)
If you don't know the best locations to put the audience mics I suggest you review this article. It is going to be different for every church so if this is new to you, do your best – it will be great!
I want to reiterate that If you feel your setup is less advanced don’t stress too much! Just do this in a way that works best for your church. Its surprising what we can do with a bit of editing on our end.
If you have any specific questions please contact me and I will help however I can! firstname.lastname@example.org