Jeff Sandstrom

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Come Prepared for Rehearsal

Rehearsal processes look different for every church. The general idea, however, is that a rehearsal is not your time to practice. Preparation cannot be stressed enough to make rehearsals efficient and meaningful. Practice and learning parts should be done alone, whereas rehearsal is the time for your team to come together, forming a cohesive service. Rehearsal isn’t Your Time to Practice Rehearsals are the time where your team should fine-tune and sync their efforts. It should be expected that team members arrive with their roles and their parts dialed in and well-practiced. Your team should arrive ready to work together on the ‘final-presentation.’ Rehearsals focus on time as a team for coordinating a cohesive service. Prepare personally before rehearsals, and come equipped with well-maintained equipment. Preparation and Resourcing Good rehearsals need thorough preparation, but they also need the right resources provided to your team prior to the rehearsal occurring. This means that you need to make sure everyone has what they need before Sunday morning. These materials include song arrangements, technical cues etc… and when you do this you will see that this minimizes questions and uncertainties to let you focus on refinement during rehearsals. Ensure that all team members are well-resources and inform them ahead of time. Minimize the need for questions and practice during rehearsals with a well-equipped team. Blocking and Scheduling for Efficiency Adding blocking and a schedule to rehearsals can greatly improve their efficiency. Honor each other’s time and focus on what needs to be done, rather than downtime. Use blocking to focus on specific parts of the event at one time. Schedules help your rehearsal be efficient to respect volunteers’ time. Create an Atmosphere of Worship and Preparation The goal of rehearsals is to foster an environment of true worship, echoing what would typically be seen during service. This requires preparation and effective execution. Your rehearsal should feel like the real event, with a worshipful atmosphere before the service starts. Rehearsals should copy the intensity and feel of the real service. Foster an environment where worship starts before the service.

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Equip Your Team for Service

Resourcing your team with detailed planning and communication is critical to your services. Prepare for music cues, lighting cues, and various other aspects of your service before you get in the room. Clear goals and wise communication helps improve your services and relationships with your team. Access to Necessary Materials Team members need access to all of the resources they need before the weekend. This includes song lists, arrangements, scripts, miscellaneous logistics information etc… When your team is equipped with the resources they need, they’ll be able to practice effectively and walk in feeling prepared for their role. It’s important to make materials accessible, in a location such as Planning Center for better team preparation. The team needs any resources that would help them learn new songs or new information before rehearsals. Specific Requirements for Technical Teams For tech teams, knowing all of the information isn’t just a suggestion - it’s vital. This involves communicating requirements for different parts of your service, such as the desired atmosphere during welcome moments or transitions. Deciding these details and communicating them beforehand lets your tech teams prepare and it improves the rapport you have as a team leader with your volunteers. Plan audio, video, and lighting requirements in advance. Communicate specific cues and settings necessary to support the service’s desired outcome. Creating Compelling Moments Creativity is necessary in planning church services with intention. This applies to every service you do, whether it’s one of the big ones like Easter or Christmas, or your typical weekend service. Give teams clear plans and creative ideas to execute that foster compelling moments for your congregation to engage with. Plan for dynamic and engaging service openers. Creativity and detailed planning are key to create compelling moments.

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Pad Player in Playback

PadPlayer, a feature of Playback from, is incredibly versatile. PadPlayer can integrate with cloud-based soundtracks. It allows for seamless transitions and key changes. PadPlayer is ideal for moments of improvisation or structured worship sets. Learn how to manipulate ambient pads for different sonic textures. In addition, learn how to use PadPlayer with song section pre-roll.

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Encoder Mode on the DM7

The encoder mode on the DM7 draws on the functionality seen in the Yamaha RIVAGE series. For engineers looking to streamline their workflow on the console, Jeff and Russ take a deep dive into how the encoder mode can be used to efficiently adjust various parameters across multiple channels.

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Channel Overview on the DM7

Walk through the Yamaha DM7’s functionalities, specifically focusing on the channel strip’s features, from input gain to output assignment.

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Menus on the DM7

Jeff dives into the key setup and configuration aspects of Yamaha’s DM7 mixing console. This is especially helpful for those encountering the DM7 console for the first time, as Jeff provides a comprehensive guide to its menus, features, and customization options.