Worship & Sound: List of Terms

EQ
EQ is an abbreviation for the word equalization.  It is pronounced ‘ee’ ‘cue’, not ‘eck’.  EQ is simply the adjustment of the bass, midrange, treble, etc. of a particular instrument or voice. The simplest EQ adjustment is the one-knob Tone control that most of us are accustomed to seeing.  At the other end of the spectrum are so-called graphical EQ controls where the audio spectrum is broken up into a number of discrete bands  and each band is individually adjustable.  The Trinity Sound Company website contains an excellent high level discussion on EQ and its Effects on Signals.
The Graphic EQ section of a Mackie mixing console.

Monitor Spill
Monitor spill is sound originating from the on-stage monitors that unintentionally spills off the stage and can be heard by those off-stage (e.g., the audience or congregation), muddying the house mix. Note that there are situations where monitor sound intentionally makes its way off-stage, but this sound is not called monitor spill—spill is unwanted sound coming off the stage.  Church Sound Check has an excellent discussion of the issues surrounding Stage Monitors and sound spill.
Platform
Platform is often used instead of stage, although the two terms are synonymous. Stage is perceived by some to be too worldly, as it sends the message that a show is being put on. The reality is that as soon as you have a platform you have spectators and there are only spectators at a show. We really shouldn’t allow ourselves to be offended by the word stage!
Ritard
Ritard is an abbreviation for Ritardando, a musical direction indicating that the song should be played gradually more slowly.

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