This page is to help new or guest users of the Church's audio system. The church has a Behrenger X32 Compact digital mixer. For most situations all you need to do is turn the system on and select a preset, as shown below. Then you can set up mics and start making music.
Turning the Sound System ON/OFF:
The entire sound system (mixer, speakers, amps, receivers, etc) is turned ON/OFF with one button. Go to the hallway on the far side of the sacristy, there is a grey metal box on the wall with a small hole to access the on/off button. Press the little gray button inside that hole and everything will cycle on. After Mass turn off the sound system by pressing the same button.
Please do NOT use the power switch on the back of the mixer itself.
Selecting a Preset Scene for the Mixer Board:
Presets are called "Scenes" on the X32. We normally use the scene named REGULAR for daily mass, weddings, funerals, etc. This will likely work for your needs as well.
To load the preset, find the SCENES section of the board and press the VIEW button at the bottom corner of that section. This brings up the list of all the preset scenes to the screen:
Use the Prev and Next buttons to scroll to the scene you need (the REGULAR scene is at the top). When your scene is highlighted press the GO button. It will ask you to confirm by pressing the right arrow button >
Now the board is ready to go in it's basic setup. You can increase/decrease volume for each channel as needed, using the faders (channels are labled in the small LED strips).
If you are using the REGULAR preset scene the channels are standardized as follows:
Main Speakers, Priest mics, Ambo mic:
You will need to turn up the volume for the church house speakers. This is the fader on the right with a yellow label that says MAINS. Slide it up to the mark.
Volume control faders for the two Priest wireless microphones and the Ambo (aka "Pulpit") mic are on the right side of the board, next to the Mains. They preset volume should be fine where it is, you probably won't need to adjust them. However if your speaker has have a very soft or painfully loud voice you may want to nudge the volume a little. Avoid the tendeance to try and micro-adjust though, it won't make a noticable difference, just get it to an acceptable level. (Also remember that you can't really hear the main speaker too well from the music side of the sanctuary, so what you hear isn't exaclty how it sounds to the congregation in the pews).
NOTE: If the board is not showing the Ambo or Priest mic channels on the right side and you need to see them, just press the DCA button and they will re-appear.
Making a Custom Preset scene for your group/event:
If your group plays regularaly you should create your own custom preset for the group. All you have to do is have a full dress rehearsal with all your group members present, get all the mics levels set like you want them for each singer and instrument, and save the new preset. Each mic level and monitor level will be saved in the preset. Make sure each person always uses the same mic/channel, and that instruments that have their volume knobs (guitar pickps, keyboards, etc) are always set to the same level as when the preset was saved. (contact mike to do this with you).
Please do not save changes to anyone else's presets, save yours in a new blank spot. If you are done with one of your custom presets let Mike know and he will delete it.
Also please do not try and save changes or improvements to the REGULAR preset. If you think there should be a change, save it to an unused location and contact Mike to check it out.
Access to Mics, Batteries, Stands, Music Books
Mics are stored in a locked closet in the sacristy. The mass coordinator for the Mass has access to the key, or contact email@example.com ahead of time about how to get access to a key.
Batteries for wireless mics are kept on chargers in the drawer below the mixer. Please put them back on the charger after Mass (make sure they are put in correctly/charging).
Music books are upstairs in the music room, and/or in the cabinet below the mixer. Please put things back where they belong afterwards.
Music stands and chairs for use in the sanctaury are kept in the sacristy.
(Don't bring stands or chairs down from the music room).
Wireless mic operation
We have 2 monitors in the "stage" area to help musicians hear themselves. Don't obsess trying to make a great monitor mix, you just need to be able to hear yourself. The board preset includes a basic monitor mix of the wireless mics and guitars - so you can just go with that and not worry about adjusting them (unless you really know what you're doing).
Adjusting monitors on the X32 can be tricky, so if you're not familiar with it just leave them as is from the preset. If you do make adjustments do so prior to Mass, so you don't have to fool with them during Mass and risk an unexpected problem. It is very easy to accidentally mess up the Main house mix when trying to mess with the Monitor mix.
If your group has its own Custom Preset scene the monitor mixes are also saved in the preset, so you don't have to redo that each time.
Advise about monitors:
If you are LOST or out of control with the board:
If at any time you feel lost as to what the board is doing, or that you've done something you didn't intent and don't know how to undo, dont panic. Just stop and re-load the preset scene again (exactly the same way you did when you started). This takes the entire board back to the original starting point. You will lose any adjustments you may have made, but you'll be able to try again from a clean slate. You can reload the preset at anytime, regardless what other things are going on.
Catholic Mass is an act & offering of human worship of God, so the music is also expected to be a natural, live human performance. This is why pre-recorded music tracks are generally not allowed at Mass. If you are intending to use pre-recorded music at Mass please discuss it with the priest far in advance (you may need time to make arrangements for a musician if that is needed), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aside from Mass, the church often hosts other gatherings where prerecorded music is appropriate. We ahve an MP3 input on the board for it. The volume control is next to the Ambo, Priest, and Mains on the right side of the board. Connect the 1/8" cable from the board (it's labeled MP3) to your phone/device and adjust the volume level as needed. You will start/stop the songs from your device as usual. (If something goes haywire hit the MUTE button on the board at any time).
We do not have a CD or cassette player connected to the board. Please bring your own portable player, you can connect it to board via its headphone jack like any other device. There is a place by the board to plug your device in, if needed.
Please put everything back after Mass and leave the church Sanctuary and Music Room clean. Lots of people share the spaces for practice, and the church should always be left in a reverent condition after you play/practice.
Recording the homily:
Sunday choirs should record the homily at every Mass. It's very easy to do. The mixer has a USB section at the top middle of the board. Press the VIEW button in the section, and the recorder appears on the screen. Press REC to start, and STOP when you're done. The board automatically saves it to the USB thumb drive, and St. Mary's staff will get the recording later for upload to our homily podcast site. (You can go to other windows of the board after starting the recording. It will continue to record in the background, and just hit the USB>VIEW button again when you are ready to stop the recording).
Recording to an external recorder:
If you are a wedding videographer, choir leader, etc, you can connect your recorder to a direct feed from the board. This feed contains a summed track of the Priest mics, the Ambo mic, and the overhead ambient Room mic. The 1/4" cable with this feed is labled: ____.
Please remember that music performed at Masses, weddings and other events is subject to copyright laws and license issues beyond our ownership or control. We do not have (or give) permission for recordings of performances here to be distributed to others. The recordings may kept as personal memories of the occasion for those involved, but the music portions of any recordings should not be uploaded to facebook, youtube, etc, distributed widely even for free, or used commercially. Please pass this along to anyone receiving a video/recording souvenier.
There are many tutorials on Youtube about how to use the X32 if you want to check those out, but keep in mind our setup is probably very different and more simple than the board on the tutorial. Much of the info you will see is not needed (even applicable) in our situation here. We genearlly don't need to do much FOH live mixing during Mass, so trying to do too much with the board more often leads to problems than improvements.
Contact email@example.com if you will be using the board in the near future and have questions about it.