Sermon Recording Equipment

Sermon Recording Equipment

A Guide to Choosing Your Sermon Recording Equipment

11.09.16 | Recording Equipment | By: Jacob Bozarth

Sermon Recording EquipmentIn the last 8 years my family and I have moved to 3 different cities and states. Prior to moving, one of the first things I looked for was a church in the new city I was moving to. As part of the process for narrowing down the list of churches I wanted to visit, I spent a significant amount of time online “exploring” churches in the area. While I tried not to judge a book by it’s cover, I would be lying if I said the quality of the churches website did not influence my initial opinion. However, I could usually overlook a multitude of bad website designs, providing the sermon audio page existed and had decent quality audio. 

A church’s sermon audio page is an essential resource and a great ministry tool, and the quality of the recordings is really important.  

There are many things already seeking to distract from and distort the message of the gospel, and it’s a tragedy if poor quality audio is in and of itself the distraction from being able to clearly hear the message.

The most important part of having  your sermons online actually has nothing to do with your website. It’s all about having a good signal flow and quality gear in place that allows the spoken word to be captured as clearly as possible. In this post I will go over 4 equipment package options that include everything you need to take your sermon audio to the next level.


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Sermon Recording Equipment Package #1 – Megachurch

This package is our top choice of recorder/mic/transmitter but we realized the price point is a bit higher and you may not have the budget of a megachurch.

Details:

  • Software: Built in Zoom software
  • Signal flow:
    • A. Mic → Transmitter → Receiver → XLR Y Cable → Zoom H6
    • B. Mic →Transmitter → Receiver→ Soundboard → Aux Send → Zoom H6

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Sermon Recording Equipment Package #2 – Medium Church

If you have a basic sound system and are currently using a wireless microphone for preaching, this is an affordable yet quality recording setup. Of course it’s worth noting that any microphone will work with this set up and if you choose to use a wired microphone you can eliminate the transmitter/receiver from the package.

Details:

  • Software: Built in Zoom software
  • Signal flow:
    • A. Mic → Transmitter → Receiver → XLR Y Cable → Zoom
    • B. Mic →Transmitter → Receiver→ Soundboard → Aux Send → Zoom

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Sermon Recording Equipment Package #3 – Church Plant

Church Planter? Small Church Preacher? Sound team that forgets to hit record? These are maybe just a few reasons you would go with this minimalist sermon recording setup. You can use this setup with no tech team, no sound system, or for that matter no power (providing you charged your iPhone over night). The mic is quality and all you need is the mic and an apple device.

Details:

  • Software: Shure Motiv app
  • Signal flow: MVL Mic → Iphone/Motiv App

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Bonus Sermon Recording Equipment Package – Tech Church

Maybe you use an apple device in every element of your service. You preach from your iPad, 3 of your keys players have their Macbook Pro on stage (checking their email mid worship set),  you post hashtags throughout the service so your congregation can “connect” during the service and your associate pastors live tweet the entire service.

Details:

  • Software: Garageband or any other Digital Audio Workstation (Audacity, ProTools, etc.)
  • Signal flow:
    • A. Mic → Transmitter → Receiver → XLR Y Cable → UAD Apollo → Computer
    • B. Mic →Transmitter → Receiver→ Soundboard → Aux Send → UAD Apollo → Computer

If you are interested in talking with someone more about your sermon recording equipment our friends at Sermon Recordings would love to help! They provide hassle free sermon audio recording support, production services & online posting! You can find them at SermonRecordings.com