As a worship leader a central goal is to spread your message as efficiently as possible, attracting a wide base of support and belief in your organization. But before you can adequately distribute your message, make sure you choose a recording device that will satisfy your needs.

From smartphones and handheld recorders to audio interfaces and stand-alone recorders, today’s technology provides a wide variety of products to serve your recording needs. Something as convenient and simple as your cell-phone can be used to create stereo recordings of your presentations and musical performances. Most smartphones today offer applications that allow you to record for hours, in a variety of space-saving formats. However, not everyone wants to utilize their phone for recording purposes. A step up from your smartphone would be handheld recorders. These are typical tools of choice for journalists, musicians and sound designers alike. They too are very convenient, record to removable media, and offer the added advantage of additional channels, professional connections and superior audio quality. Stand-alone digital recorders can capture audio in either stereo or multi-channel formats. Where stereo recorders tend to be used for high-quality two-track “masters”, multi-channel versions are ideal for recording musical performances where individual channel mixing is preferred. They can provide a whole host of features, with some including CD burning, removable solid-state media, effects processing and EQ, seamless computer integration and more.

Finally, for those who are comfortable with computer hardware and software technology, recording with an audio interface will provide the ultimate in features and quality. Most interfaces will work on both Mac and PC platforms, but there are some specifically designed for use with Mac computers only. Make sure to check compatibility before you buy. Pretty much every audio interface on the market provides professional connections and ships with recording software (DAW’s) that will be more than capable of recording a service performance or presentation. Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Steinberg Cubase and Cakewalk SONAR, allow you to record, mix and create files for distributing the message onto your website or other removable media such as CD’s, DVD’s and USB keys.

Media Duplication Helps Spread Your Message

Even as you began your journey as a worship leader, the ultimate goal is to spread the message. After you have recorded your service or worship performances you have several ways to distribute those recordings. It you have an online presence you’ll want to post the files on your social media and main church website. However, you are still going to have a large number of congregation members who are not so technologically adept. The solution? Media duplication. Quickly copy CDs, DVDs and USB jump drives for distribution. Although they vary in size, duplicators come in two basic types: computer-based and standalone. Computer-based work with both Mac and Windows computers and provide the ability to print professional looking labels with any inkjet printer. Simply load the auto-feeder with blank CD’s and the computer will manage the duplication process.

Stand-alone duplicators offer greater convenience, one-button operation, and the added bonus of freeing up your computer for other tasks. You can even choose an “all-in-one” model that writes directly on the CD as it burns the additional copies. Finally, you may also want to look into USB key (jump drive) and solid-state (SD) duplication as well. Although the media is more expensive, it has the added flexibility of being adaptable for playback on far more devices. They’re also rewritable and can store much more information.

No matter which solution you choose, media duplication is an invaluable tool for providing congregation members with a permanent record of particularly meaningful services.

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