Posting and sharing past sermons can be an excellent way to easily grow an audience, however, capturing them with clear audio quality can be a difficult task.
There are several ways of capturing this audio, one is through an audio recorder placed near the individual speaking, the second is the recording being taped through the microphone, and the final way is through utilizing the audiovisual resources that the church may have to produce audio content from recorded visual content.
There are advantages to simply recording the audio through an audio recording device. The low cost of audio recording devices and the simplicity of their use is a definite advantage. Quality audio recording devices can range from $40-$120 and using the device to record a sermon would simply include turning the microphone on at the beginning of the service and placing it at the podium near the preacher, and then turning off the device when the sermon was completed. After recording the audio, the captured sermon can be easily taken off of the device’s memory card to be transferred to an MP3 file to be uploaded and shared on the internet or burned onto a CD.
Another simple means of recording the audio from a sermon is through running an auxiliary cord from the soundboard to a computer and recording the audio through a program on the computer. This is a simple and inexpensive option to get clear, digital audio recordings of a sermon. The file will automatically be recorded as an audio file and can easily be shared or saved. A common program to use is Audacity, which can be downloaded for free by clicking this link.
If you’re using Proclaim Church Presentation Software, you can take advantage of the new feature which records the audio on the presentation computer along with the slides, and their timing. Then it uploads a synchronized audio/slide presentation to SoundFaith.com and your Faithlife group. It automatically produces a video version of the slides and audio as well.
You can also record audio from a sermon by splitting the audio track from a recorded video of the sermon. This is not possible for churches without an audiovisual system in place, but is a simple way for churches that do have a system in place to kill two birds with one stone in a sense. After recording a video of the sermon, the audio track can be split from the video version by using either a video editing software (such as Adobe Premiere for Creative Cloud users) or even through the standard Quicktime Player. For detailed instructions on Quicktime, click here.
No matter the system used, recording and saving the audio from sermons can provide your church members additional resources to share with their community, which also provides an additional outlet for the mission and message of the Gospel to be shared.