New Worship Albums for Sept 20th

Some noteworthy worship albums were released on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011.

Be sure to submit your chord charts of new music to Rockin With The Cross


August Contest Winners

We have five winners from our August Equip & Train contest for a 6-pack of worship CDs.

  • Kimberly Guidry (Louisiana)
  • Eddie Guzman (Texas)
  • Don Bowden (Florida)
  • Michael Davis (Massachusetts)
  • Paul Glass (Missouri)

One of the things we have enjoyed most from these contests is getting a chance to meet some of our users and hear about their heart for Jesus as well as their ministries.

Don Bowden

Don Bowden

Don is a Computer Programmer by trade and volunteers as a youth ministry coordinator with St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland FL. He and his wife started their involvement with the youth when their two sons were in the group but now that they are in college they have continued to their involvement.

“Sometimes we question our sanity for still working with teenagers even after ours have left the nest, but we find it very satisfying.” Don said.

Don has played guitar on and off for more than 30 years, so when his wife asked if he could learn some Praise and Worship songs for the youth, he agreed.  That eventually led him to play Praise and Worship before the Youth Group Meeting which then led to the start of a Praise and Worship Band (mostly teens from the Youth Group) that now plays at Mass regularly. “These days, because there is so much good Christian music out there and thanks to Rockin’ With the Cross, Christian music is pretty much all I play.” (The picture is Don playing from RWTC!)

Kim Guidry

Kimberly Guidry

Kimberly is from Crowley Louisiana and works as an accounting specialist at a job she says “I LOVE for 20 years.” Her activities include four grandchildren, and plenty of music. She plays guitar, sings and is the director of the church choir in Lyons Point, LA and part of a Christian music group called the Lake Arthur Prayer Coalition where she often provides music at retreats, weddings, and funerals.

“This music won will be a great asset in my music ministry.”

Remember each month we will be giving something new away. So enter to win and let others in your ministry know about Rockin’ With the Cross. We are honored to be a part of your ministry! Each membership allows us to keep going and equip others like you in ministry here in the U.S. and abroad. You are helping us directly and indirectly minister to millions. Praying for you all!

What is Good Sound?

Maybe It’s Not Subjective:

What Is Good Sound?

Good Sound

Ever think about what good sounds really means? You’re probably thinking good material, excellent musicianship and the right equipment, but it’s really a little more scientific than that.

Most problems in live performance are directly related to fidelity, intelligibility and loudness. If one or more of these basic measures of sound quality isn’t right, your audience can’t really hear the music you’ve worked so hard to perfect. Let’s look at them, one by one.


Is it true? This is mostly determined by the overall frequency response of the sound arriving at the listener’s ear. It must have sufficient frequency range and uniformity to produce realistic and accurate speech and music. All parts of the audio chain contribute to it: a limitation in any individual component will limit the fidelity of the entire system.


Is it understandable? This is a function of the overall signal-to-noise ratio and the direct-to-reverberant sound ratio at the listener’s ear. All this really means is that the “signal” – which is the desired sound from the sound system — must be at least 20 decibels louder than the noise and reverberation level at the listener’s ear to be intelligible.

What makes a room “live” or “dead”? Here’s where direct-to-reverberant ratios comes in. It’s determined by the acoustics of the room and the direction of the loudspeakers. Reverberation time is the length of time that a sound persists even after the sound source has stopped. A high level or reverberant sound interferes with the intelligibility of the sound since your audience won’t be able to determine where one sound stopped and another started. On the other hand, a very low level of reverberant sound can create a lifeless acoustic environment; a dead room.


Most musicians find this concept the easiest to understand and apply: optimum volume levels must be achieved without unwanted distortion or feedback. A sound system used by a rock and roll band demands that attention be paid to Potential Acoustic Gain; in other words, the amount of amplification that can be delivered before the screeching howl of feedback occurs. The position of microphones and loudspeakers – as well as room acoustics – all play a role.

reprinted from Shure –