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Helpful articles and the latest news about tools and technology that will make a difference in your worship ministry. To learn more about Sweetwater Worship Connect and how you can attend an upcoming event, go to Sweetwater Worship Connect.

Make Music Day 2017

#MakeMusicDay is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries... Read more »

How to Live Stream Your Worship Service

From the beginning, Sweetwater has proudly helped churches and worship ministries make the most of modern media technology in order to best reach their entire congregation. In the past, that meant offering quality... Read more »

How to Prevent Feedback in Church Sound Systems

Feedback in a worship service or concert is one of the most overt, embarrassing moments for a sound engineer who is trying to mostly be invisible behind the scenes. Besides being a blatant interruption, there's... Read more »

Jeff Owen Interview

Mitch Gallagher interviews special guest Jeff Owen, guitarist/background vocals for Tenth Avenue North.

How to Organize Cables & Gear Onstage

It's Time to Clean House A long, busy winter has been tough on your stage, backstage, and front of house. Cables are running everywhere — snaking to who knows where. You haven't seen your favorite mic since the... Read more »

Technology Guidelines for the Portable Church

When Jesus wandered the countryside in Judea, his version of a portable church was a hillside where he could stand with enough grass for his followers to sit on. These days, however, a portable church requires a lot... Read more »

Developing Worship Leaders – a Chat with Todd Fields

Developing Leadership and Building the Right Team for Your Church Currently serving as Director of Worship Leader Development at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA., Todd Fields has always placed a... Read more »

6 Ways to Help Christmas (Tech) Go Smoothly

by Jeff Barnett Advent is right around the corner. It won't be long until the season of special services, special music, special rehearsals, and special tech needs is upon us. Here are six ways you can make sure... Read more »

Nathan Nockels Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQeFK9Ii2Ms Nick D'Virgilio sits down with songwriter/producer/musician Nathan Nockels. A trailblazer in the worship community, Nathan shares his passion for worship, and his mission... Read more »

Sweetwater Hosts “Worship Connect” Workshop

Featured Guests Include Jeff Sandstrom and Members of Chris Tomlin's Band Fort Wayne, IN, October 24, 2016 — Sweetwater, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio gear in the U.S., recently hosted... Read more »

8 Ways to Put Your iPad to Work Onstage

The iPad has been a revelation for many users, myself included. I remember when Apple came out with the first iPads. I looked at one and thought, why would I want that - I have a laptop? Fast-forward to today, and I... Read more »

When Church Sound Goes Wrong

Written by Doug Gould In a previous article, I solicited the opinions of worship leaders of large and small congregations to find out the ways they thought time and money were being wasted. In this post I was asked... Read more »

5 Ways to Optimize Your Wireless System

We regularly help our customers configure their large-scale wireless microphone systems, and are often asked how they can get the most out of their new equipment. There are some easy steps you can take to get the... Read more »

Time-aligning Speakers for Your Church PA

When a PA system isn't able to properly cover the congregation, a common remedy is to add supplemental speakers, frequently called ancillary speakers (ancillary means "providing something additional to the main... Read more »

Chris Tomlin Band Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJHx0kQXG-w Travis Nunn and Daniel Carson from The Chris Tomlin Band join Mitch Gallagher for an interview at Sweetwater's GearFest 2016. With years of experience touring in... Read more »

5 Rules for Creating a Clean Mix

by Kent Morris Worship music, in its current form, presents a complex mix environment. While the various iterations of the 80's and 90's Maranatha! Praise Band provided a simple, straightforward musical palette;... Read more »

Sweetwater Hosts “Worship Connect” Workshop Featuring Jesus Culture

Sweetwater, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio gear in the U.S., recently hosted a two-day workshop for worship leaders, technicians, and musicians, called "Worship Connect." Featured... Read more »

Tim Timmons shares his Journey of Faith and Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWjBiO42uM Mitch Gallagher interviews contemporary worship musician Tim Timmons. He talks with Mitch about his early years playing music, his current studio construction project, and... Read more »

Ian McIntosh of Jesus Culture Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOI5-NGZEFI Mitch Gallagher sits down with Ian McIntosh, keyboardist and sound designer for Jesus Culture. Ian shares how he got started playing music, how he approaches song... Read more »

JJ Heller and Josh Wilson Explore Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaCERQ1LVQ0 Christian artists JJ Heller and Josh Wilson stopped by Sweetwater while in town on the "Josh Wilson and Jason Gray LIVE IN CONCERT" tour. Check out all the cool stuff they... Read more »

Creating a Silent Stage

Here's a typical scenario: you arrive at the venue, and the stage is smaller than you were told. In fact, your band will barely fit on it. The stage is also backed into a corner, surrounded by hard surfaces that... Read more »

Sound Communication for Live Worship

NOTE: This article originally appeared in Sweetwater's Spring 2016 Worship Sound Pro directory. Modern musical worship requires commitment, discipline, and, perhaps most of all, teamwork. Nowhere is that more... Read more »

Matthew West talks about his Journey of Songwriting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTJD2Wf0cYU Mitch Gallagher catches up with award-winning songwriter and artist Matthew West on the WinterJam Tour, and learns more about his unique approach to songwriting.

Matt Gilder Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In1aINYhBqo Mitch Gallagher interviews Matt Gilder at the Fort Wayne Coliseum before a performance by Chris Tomlin. Matt Gilder plays keyboards, as well as acting as the Musical... Read more »