Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Question: What are you doing for site backups?

April 21, 2009

Recently I read of some web host failures. It got me thinking about what it would take to recover my church’s site. I periodically back up the WordPress db, but that doesn’t save the uploaded content.  So nothing would be preserved in the WP uploads folder or the sermons and other media that’s uploaded via FTP. If my host couldn’t recover the files we’d be very much out of luck and I don’t have local back ups of multiple years of MP3 and uploaded event pictures.

So how would you fair if your web host lost everything?  What is your disaster recovery strategy for your church’s web site?

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Legally playing CDs at a church service

March 16, 2009

This might be old news to some, but in my research I found a fair amount of anecdotal “its ok” and some mis-information about the legalities of playing CD’s at a church service.  I needed to figure it out and I wanted the hard facts – the law itself.  This is what I’ve found out:

It is indeed legal to play the music from a CD as part of your service without violating the copyright.  It doesn’t come from the fair use provision (US Copyright Law section 107 “Limitations on exclusive rights: fair use” ).  This is a common misconception.  It instead comes from section 110 “Limitations on exclusive rights: exemption of certain performances and displays” paragraph 3.

“(3) performance of a nondramatic literary or musical work or of a dramatico-musical work of a religious nature, or display of a work, in the course of services at a place of worship or other religious assembly;”

So, it is fine to to play the CD as part of the service.  Now, this doesn’t include projecting lyrics or printing guitar tabs or choir parts, etc.; that’s all under CCLI.  This also doesn’t cover recording the audio as part of an audio or video recording – that’s a reproduction issue and paragraph 3 provides an exception for performance, not reproduction.  Also, there probably is some question about if you want to play a CD as background at a church potluck.  I suspect that since such a performance is not during the “course of services” that it would not be legal.  But, that is outside of my initial search parameters for playing music during a church service proper.

Here are my key sources:

I hope this is helpful.

How are you recording sermons for the web?

February 26, 2009

I’m looking for some help.  Over the last several years we’ve been trying to double-up the projector PC as also being the recording station.  Our online sermons  are growing in their use but we’ve had a few problems.  On occasion, but usually an important occasion, we don’t get the file saved properly or we don’t get the right feed from the board (any no one notices) so we record nothing.  After some discussions, I’ve been given permission to do something different.

I see two primary solutions: 1) put a new PC in place dedicated to recording, or 2) find a device that better integrates into the board – something like a stand-alone, solid state, field recorder.  I’m ruling the first option out as I don’t want another PC in the sanctuary.  So that leaves option 2.  My leading candidate is a Zoom H2 from Samson.  It is portable, has a line input (can connect to the board), built-in mics for small groups, and not too expensive.

I’m wondering what others are using to record their services.