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Introduction to Live Audio for Church

Why is sound so difficult in churches? How do I stop feedback? And what do all those knobs do?

In this fast paced and ever popular training course live audio veterans from the SFL team give you the complete run down on running a sound system in your church. Suitable for complete beginners looking to get started, but also invaluable for old hands who want to brush up on their skills and plug knowledge gaps. This course is ideal for volunteer church tech operators, ministers or church staff who may occasionally have to operate audio equipment, as well as musicians or worship leaders seeking to better understand what your sound operator actually does.

What’s Covered?

This course takes a ground up approach to understanding acoustics, sound system design and configuration, how to use the sound desk, how to run a sound check and assemble a mix, and how to troubleshoot and manage common problems in church sound. For beginners this offers an extensive foundation in fundamental sound engineering principles, whilst for more experienced operators this is a great opportunity to refresh your understanding of core concepts, plug any knowledge gaps and ensure habits are aligned with best-practices.

  • Fundamental audio concepts: frequency, loudness, decibels and sound perception.
  • Basic acoustics: sound propagation, how does sound behave in an indoor space? Why is sound so difficult in churches?
  • Understanding the sound system: overview of sound systems for live sound re-enforcement, loudspeakers and microphones.
  • What are the goals for a sound system?: system design fundamentals, the “hierarchy of importance”.
  • What do all the knobs do?: understanding the sound desk.
  • How to run a sound check: including practical experience using multi-track playback.
  • Putting the mix together: including practical experience using multi-track playback and discussion of appropriate mixing for different musical styles and contexts.
  • Discussion and practical experience of handling common church sound problems: feedback, “it’s too loud”, troubleshooting processes.


This course is suitable for students of all levels of ability and prior experience.


What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Spaces on all of our courses are strictly limited and we put considerable resource into running the course based upon your booking. For this reason we do not accept cancellations and no refund will be offered if you are unable to attend, however you may nominate another named individual to attend in your place.

Cancellations due to extenuating circumstances may be considered for deferral to a future course at SFL’s discretion. SFL’s decision in such matters is final, previous decisions do not establish a precedent.

In the unlikely event that SFL have to cancel or reschedule a course and you are unable to make the new dates a full refund will be provided.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact [email protected] or call our office on 0118 969 0900 (9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri) for any questions relating to this course or your booking.

What is the address for the course?

All courses are hosted at SFL’s facilities in Reading unless otherwise stated. Our address is: SFL Group, Unit 5, Headley Park 10, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4SW

Is there parking?

Free parking is available in the vicinity of the SFL offices.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is not included, however refreshments including tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. We are a short walk from local amenities for those who require.

How to book

Book now by selecting your preferred date below.


14 Mar 2020

4 Jul 2020

31 Oct 2020

Cost  £30 per person (inc. VAT)