There are several skill sets that are helpful to a good sound engineer, but there are some fundamental “must-have’s”.
1 – A willing heart
2- Someone who stays focused and realizes the ministry is to usher people into the throne room
3- Someone who either has a good ear for music or is willing to spend time listening to music and learning how to hear music
4- The sound engineer for worship must be mature enough in the faith that complaints and criticism does not run him or her away
It should not be assumed that the sound engineer simply has to be a geek who loves technology. Nor should it be assumed the sound engineer has to be a musician (although it certainly helps). Most of all the sound engineer needs a heart for worship and a heart that is willing to learn and adapt.
I’ve been running sound and teaching people how to run sound for over 20 years now- yet there are still new things I learn all the time. Different ways to do things, little tricks of the trade, or just ways to improve. We never stop learning.
I can not count the times I’ve looked back at the mix position when things go sideways to see the sound engineer with hands in the air (or clapping and singing). You simply can’t have a critical ear when you are not engaged in the art of mixing the sound. This is a great reason to have rotation schedules – so your team can still worship and be fed, but when it’s time for them to mix they realize it’s time to help lead in worship.
What are some things you think makes a good sound engineer? Give me your thoughts below!