I didn’t preach this past week at Cornerstone since one of our elders was sharing a message. So it gave me a little time to play around and experiment with our PreSonus StudioLive soundboard. I’m not sure how many pastors get excited about playing around with sound equipment, but I really like to learn what we can do with the equipment we have.
Our sound guys have an important and busy job on Sunday morning. They typically are mixing two different monitor mixes, as well as the front-of-house mix that everyone hears. In addition to that, they also are recording the services on CD. They usually don’t get to spend much time working on the CD/Camcorder mix because of time constraints.
So this week, I hooked my laptop to the board and fired up the iPad remote and started working on the CD mix. I really just wanted to play around with the iPad to see how it worked in a live setting.
It’s amazing how far technology has advanced in such a short time. Being able to control a soundboard using an iPad anywhere in the room is crazy. But it’s reality and it is amazing what you can do with this soundboard.
Here is how it works
- Connect your laptop to the soundboard using Firewire
- Create an ad-hoc wireless network on your laptop (and password protect it)
- Connect the wifi on your iPad to the newly created wireless network
- Fire up the StudioLive iPad Remote and start mixing
I used the remote to mix one of the aux feeds that we were using for the CD and camcorder mix. The remote lets you mix without bothering whoever is running the soundboard. This would even work on stage for the band to adjust their own monitor mixes. I plugged my shure in-ear monitors directly into the CD burner to hear the end result. I even played around with the parametric eq on the aux feed. It was super easy and really cool. I even did a multi-track recording on my laptop using the PreSonus Capture software so we can go back later and remix it if needed.
Again, if your church is needing a mixer and doesn’t have an unlimited budget, I highly recommend these boards. I was at a large sound rental company last week and they kept talking about how great the PreSonus boards are. In their words, this is a board that has changed the entire industry. They offer 3 different sizes, from 16 to 24 channels, and they have a lot of added features. You get the iPad remote app for free, you get a capture program for free that will let you do multi-track recording to your computer, and you get a great DAW called Studio One Artist that lets you do some amazing things on the board. Check out their website for more details. I’m not getting paid to promote their stuff, I simply believe it is a great product at a great price.
I’m really wanting our church to do a live worship CD at some point in the future. I could see us using several iPads to help control the different mixes and let our sound guy really focus on the main front-of-house mix. It excites me to think of the possibilities.
The app is free on the iTunes app store. You can find it here. Here’s a promotional video that shows it in action.