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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of Your Church's Live Streams

This post covers the best cameras, switchers, tripods, and encoders for streaming your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Live video streaming is taking off. Churches around the country are realizing that when they stream, they can connect with their communities in new ways and engage members when they can’t make it in person.

Still, even the most devout believer is going to have a hard time watching with a live stream if the sound quality is poor.

Muffled sound, background noise, wild swings in volume and distortion can essentially ruin a live stream. Anyone who has ever watched an amateur video or live stream knows that the sound is one of the hardest things to get right — and one of the most difficult flaws to overlook.

While most viewers don’t expect Hollywood-caliber post-production sound, there are simple things a church can do to improve the audio on its broadcasts:

1. Invest in Good Equipment

Amateur video and sound equipment is of a higher quality and more affordable than ever. Investing in a decent camera and mic will quickly pay off with a larger and more satisfied audience.

The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Church

2. Monitor the Audio

Monitoring your audio might be easier than you think. Try plugging your headphones directly into the camera to monitor the sound quality.

This is the quickest way to determine what your viewers will hear and to detect problems. Listening through the mic gives you a more accurate representation of what your viewers will hear and it is the quickest way to detect problems.

3. Mic Placement

If you can, use a high-quality external microphone (unidirectional) and get it as close to the source as possible. Lots of churches have found that equipping the primary speakers with wireless mics is a worthy investment.

If your church can’t do that yet, make sure the speakers know where the mic is and remind them to stay close to it when possible.

Experiment with different types of microphones and different locations to determine what works best.

4. Background Noise

Though background noise isn’t always be within your control, it’s worth spending some time to determine what you can do to eliminate ambient noise -- the hum of electronics and appliances or even natural sounds, like bird calls and cricket chirps.

Though you might have to close the windows on a hot day, you’ll be surprised how background noises that barely register in person become distracting on a broadcast.

5. Muffle the Sound

You’re not in a recording studio, but do what you can to dampen echo and unwanted noise. Does your wooden stage creak when people walk across it? Do their footsteps echo like gunshots? Put some rugs down.

Take these simple steps to improve sound quality and your audience will thank you.

Final Thoughts + Further Reading

If you've decided to stream but aren't sure which streaming provider is right for your organization, you're not alone.

The free Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming highlights key features to consider when evaluating your different options.

Here are a few other resources you might find helpful:

The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Church

The Best Ways to Buy Used Video Equipment for Your Church

7 Types of Camera Shots To Consider When Filming Church Services

Why Churches Want Lower Thirds In Their Video

4 Ways to Make Your Church Video Announcements Great

How to Fix Your Church's Lighting Problems

How to Choose the Right Microphone for Your Pastor

Does Live Video Streaming Hurt Church Attendance?

Top 5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Live Streaming

Why You Need To Improve Your Church Lighting

How to Better Connect With Your Live Stream Audience

How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

Why You Should Add Lower Thirds to Your Church Live Stream