SAW and d&b host church production workshops
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
participantsOver 200 attendees from various ministries congregated for the sessions
South Africa - Stage Audio Works reports that the live workshops run by MxU on 12-13 October were a resounding success. Over 200 attendees from various ministries congregated at 3Ci Church in Pretoria for a masterclass in live production for worship. The event was led by MxU co-founders Jeff Sandstrom and Lee Fields, who travelled from the USA. Stage Audio Works and co-hosts d&b audiotechnik were on hand to provide technical assistance and any additional support required.
“We were thrilled to be partnering with 3Ci Church and Stage Audio Works,” says Sandstrom. “Lee and I spent a portion of the day challenging each other with best practices, sharing tips and tricks to try and find out how we can improve our process, to make the tracks we mix sound better. Our hope is that everyone present had the opportunity to eavesdrop on this conversation and apply some of these tips and tricks to their own context.”
Participants were actively encouraged to ask questions as well as share their own insights and experience during the workshop, which had plenty of hands-on opportunities as well as panel discussions and demonstrations. There was also time to relax, mingle and chat more informally over refreshments.
“We really try to focus on how we can all get better, irrespective of the console or the gear in use. In fact, we deliberately focus on approaches that are applicable to many consoles.” Sandstrom continues: “Whether you are part of a small or large church, our hope is that everyone who attended can improve on their craft, even as soon as this weekend, to enhance the live experience for their congregation. Ultimately, that’s what this is about – making the message clearer.”
Reactions to the seminar were universally positive: “The biggest take-away for me was about the importance of having a vision when approaching a mix,” said one, while for others it was more specifically technical – compressing, gating, high pass filtering and EQ amongst other things. Another remarked: “MxU has been a really good event. I really enjoy the sense of community and everything that I’ve learned so far.”
Asher Dowson from d&b audiotechnik concludes: “What a great couple of days we’ve had together with the MxU and Stage Audio Works team, as well as a bunch of churches from across South Africa and the greater continent. A big thanks to everyone who came, investing their time to help level up their ministry and acquire some great tools to help make Sundays even better.”
Nathan Ihlenfeldt, CTO of Stage Audio Works adds: “We’re proud to have played a pivotal role in organising these workshops. We received great feedback from all involved and I hope that in the future we can do even more to help improve the production quality for churchgoers across South Africa.”

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