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Church Sound: The Simplest Way to Record Sermons

Are you looking for a way to record church sound so that you can post your sermons online and make them available for people who can’t be there on Sunday?

Capturing the sound from a church sermon can be pretty simple if you already have microphones and a soundboard. But what if you are in a smaller church? What if your pastor doesn’t use a mic or your sound system makes it difficult to plug in a recorder? What if there was a way to quickly capture church sound in a format that can be easily uploaded or saved to a flash drive?

A Church Sound Solution for Churches with Limited Options

Fortunately, there is. The Tascam DR-10L Portable Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone has everything you need in one package to capture and record sound of anyone who is wearing it.

The Tascam DR-10L is a great option for recording church sound

Just clip the device onto a belt or stick it in a pocket, attach the microphone to a shirt or tie, and hit record. I know it can be challenging to get a pastor to press record, and it can be a little awkward to walk up and do it yourself right before the sermon. Don’t worry, this Tascam has about 10 hours worth of power from a single AA battery, and the microSD cards can hold even more hours of sound, you can just hit record before the service starts and hit stop once it is over.

The Tascam even helps you out if you set the levels wrong or if the pastor starts yelling or singing during the sermon. You can set it to automatically record a backup “safety recording” at a lower level so you won’t have any clipping or distortion.

Easy Church Sound Downloads

Tascam DR-10L is a great option for recording church sound

Once you finish, you can either connect the unit to your computer via a USB cable or slide the microSD into a card reader and download the audio. You can record sound in either WAV or MP3 and edit in any audio editing software.

If you need some help figuring out what to do once you have downloaded the recordings, check out my post “Software for Recording and Editing Sermon Audio.”

Also Great for Sermon Video

This device could even come in handy if you are recording video of your sermon. Sometimes it can be challenging to run a microphone cable from your pastor to the camera. You could go with a wireless mic setup but, you could also use this device to record the audio and sync it to the video later on.

My Favorite Feature

the tascam dr10l for recording church sound

One of my favorite features of this device is the microphone jack itself. It is a standard 1/8″ screw-down lock connector compatible with most Sennheiser lavalier mics or any mic with the same connector. That means, if something happens to the mic itself (and let’s face it, things happen to mics,) you can easily get a replacement. That means that this recorder can be your go-to device for recording sermons for a long time.

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