How to Record a Church Service in Audio

How to Record a Church Service in Audio imageWays To Record A Church Service In Audio

You want to be able to get your message out to the members of your congregation as efficiently as possible. Sometimes people are unable to make it to church due to falling ill or having obligations with their workplace. How can you go about recording your church service in audio so that your entire congregation can partake in God’s message? It actually isn’t as difficult as you may think. You can record the audio of your church service by using a handheld recorder device, or you can capture the audio using your mixing board and a PC.

Depending on how your church is set up, this might wind up being very easy for you to accomplish. Getting your mixing board to help you record the audio is actually pretty simple, so long as you have a quality laptop that you can use. Hooking things up together won’t take much time, and you can get a very high-quality recording. Even using a digital recorder should work out nicely, as you can get crisp audio, so long as you place it in the right spot.

Recording Using a Digital Recorder

The simplest way to record a church service is going to be to use a digital recorder. These handy little devices are very cost-effective and it won’t take a lot of head scratching to figure out how to use it. You can place the digital recorder near the pulpit and set it to record before the sermon is set to begin. This will allow it to pick up the sermon, and you will have a simple audio recording of your church service for the day.

Of course, this is a little bit rudimentary and may not provide you with the optimal results that you are looking for. It is possible to get a good recording from using a digital recorder if you take the right steps.

  • Firstly, make sure that you position it in an ideal spot so that it can pick up the audio clearly.
  • Secondly, try to buy a digital recorder that is good quality so that it will have the level of clarity that you are looking for.

Recording Using a Mixer and a Laptop

The best option for getting really good sound is likely going to be to make use of your mixer. You can use your mixer to record the audio from your church service by hooking it up to a laptop. You just need to connect the two together using the line in port of your laptop and the master/main out port on the back of your mixing board. This will give you a very good recording that should have perfect clarity. When you record your church service in this fashion, it will be able to present the service just as you would be hearing it if you were there live.

When you want to be able to put your church services up on the church website, it makes sense to go this route. It isn’t too difficult to accomplish, and you will be getting a better quality file. You just need to make use of audio editing software on the laptop itself and will then need to set it to record. It will allow you to pick up everything from the worship music to the sermon. As long as the microphones are linked to the mixer board that you have set up, you will be recording all of the audio from the service.

There are many free audio editing software programs on the market, too. Choosing the right one for you should not be overly difficult. Take the time to look things over so that you can make a decision that will work out well for your needs. Pro tools will certainly give you many options, but picking one that seems easy enough to use is sensible. Not every church has access to someone who is an audio engineer, so you need to just do the best that you can.

Recording Direct to CD Is Also Possible

If you want to be able to offer the audio files to your congregation without the need for them to go online, then you might want to record on physical media. It is going to be possible to record your sermon directly to CD if you so choose. Hooking a CD recorder up to your mixer is going to be a relatively simple process. You can hook it up and set it to record if you want to.

You should note that CD recorders are not as popular as they once were. Much of the world is moving into digital-only formats when it comes to audio files and video files. Even so, the physical media options do exist. You could even decide to burn the audio file onto a CD after you record it digitally. This is pretty simple and will not take much of your time. Most modern laptops will still have a CD-RW drive of some type, so you can take the time to do it this way if you do not want to use a CD recorder directly.

Conclusion

Recording your church services will definitely be beneficial for the entire congregation. They will be able to have access to the church sermons, even when they cannot make it to the services. This is perfect for congregation members that are sick or ones who are traveling on business. Whatever the reasons are, it is nice to know that you can offer them access to the church service in a convenient way. It helps them to feel like part of the community, even when they need to be away.

You’ll be able to accomplish all of this without it being too much of a burden. The process of recording the church service is easy if you already have a mixer set up in your church. Since most churches use a mixing board of some type, it is likely that this will be your best bet. If you want to keep it very simple, then a cost-effective digital recorder will work just fine too.

Sources:

How to Record From a Mixer to a Laptop. Retrieved on 1/25/19 from: https://itstillworks.com/record-mixer-laptop-1407.html

Video and Audio Editing Software. Retrieved on 1/25/19 from: https://www.churchproduction.com/education/video_and_audio_editing_software/

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.Currently he is serving as a Technology Consultant for Living Waters Fellowship in Mesquite Nevada