If you play guitar in your church’s worship band, you probably know how hard it can be to get the perfect sound. Luckily for you, in today’s blog we have a few tips for you. We’ve written in the past about how to mic and mix electric guitars for live worship music, but its focus was largely on dealing with a guitar player’s amp.
It can often seem like a struggle between the church’s sound guy and the guitar player, but with a few carefully chosen pedals, you can make those struggles a thing of the past. After all, the goal of worship music is to foster the atmosphere of your congregation into one that makes it easy for everyone in the church to actually engage in worship.
When it comes to church sound systems, we have a bit of experience and we’d like to share our tips from mixing audio to helping you refine your church’s unique worship sound. Keep reading for today’s tips which are focused on easy-to-use guitar pedals that get the job done easily.
3 Pedals That Sound Great Through Most Church Sound Systems
There’s a big difference between pedals that sound great at home in the basement and ones that sound their best when played loudly at church. Some, in fact, make finding that perfect worship mix a difficult task indeed. Not to worry though. Here are a few of our favorite pedals that play well with most church sound systems and provide a tone that guitarists love and sound guys don’t have to fight against.
TC Electronics Hall of Fame Reverb
With a variety of different reverb types and the ability to tweak each of them to your liking, the Hall of Fame is a great pedal and it should have a place in any guitar player’s arsenal. From the subtle shimmery wavering of the tile setting to all out splashy spring reverb, this pedal can do it all.
Everyone knows that reverb is a staple in worship music and you can set yourself up for success with this pedal thanks to its endless tweakability. Its cost to value ratio is outstanding and it’s a pedal we’re happy to recommend.
Smallsound Bigsound Mini Overdrive
Another important part of most worship songs is overdrive. Whether you’re strumming away in the background or playing a lead line, it adds just the right amount of texture to your sound. Sure, you might be dreaming of an original Klon, but we think that the Mini from Smallsound Bigsound is an incredibly versatile pedal that any guitar player would love.
It’s a lovely sounding overdrive pedal that provides just the right amount of crunch without taking your sound too far over the top. Whether you prefer a lo-fi sound or you want clean, ringing overdrive, this pedal deserves a spot on your board.
Digitech Obscura Altered Delay Pedal
It’s hard to go wrong with a Digitech pedal and the Obscura is no exception. It’s no secret that delay is another vital component when a guitar player is crafting the perfect worship sound and the Digitech Obscura allows for some interesting sounds without sounding too out of control like other delay pedals can get.
Whether you prefer a warm analog sound, a classic tape delay sound, or something a bit more out of the box like the lo-fi setting, you get it with this pedal. Also included is a reverse setting which can help to fill out your sound if you’re playing anything that’s ambient.
Looking for the Perfect Church Sound Systems?
At House of Worship Technology, our goal is to provide churches everywhere with exactly what they need to get the sound they’re looking for. We understand that different churches have different needs and that’s why we’re so happy to be doing what we’re doing.
Whether you need new monitors, speakers, or recording equipment, we’d love nothing more than to help you find what’s right for you. After all, because worship is such an important component of many churches, it’s worth getting things right the first time.
If you have questions about what would work best for your church, we’re happy to help. Simply give us a call at 800-521-4321 and we’d be happy to provide you with recommendations, advice, or anything else. We look forward to hearing from you soon!