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S.A.T. (Sound Analysis & Training Sessions)

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We are like most churches, operating on a shoe-string budget.  Our sound system had components that were at least 15 years old and some were older.  We got the money together to have a consultation and training seminar with Mike Sokol of “How-to Sound.”  We had worked in years past with Mike and Hector La Torre of “How-to Sound” in hosting some of their workshops.  We knew them as having a good product and a great presentation....   Click HERE to read the entire letter of recommendation from The First Evangelical Free Church - Sacramento, CA

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In regards to the How-To SAT program presented by Mike Sokol, I wish to unequivocally state that it is probably the most productive, cost-effective thing I have initiated at our Church. I would recom-mend it even to the most experienced sound technicians involved in church sound... Click HERE to read the entire letter of recommendation from First United Methodist Church - Mineola, TX

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I just wanted to write a note of gratitude for the outstanding workshop that we had back on September 29, 2011. Mike, the instructor, was knowledgeable, patient and thorough. He "tuned" our system which made it easier for anyone to use it. He took the time to explain things. He also walked us through different scenarios that we might encounter on a given week and allowed us to "sit in the driver's seat" and take control. Some of the comments from those who attended were: "Great", "Outstanding", "This is what we needed", "l am glad we got How to Sound Workshops". Many in the congregation have expressed the fact that everything sounds better... Click HERE to read the entire letter of recommendation from Santa Maria Seventh-day Adventist Church - Santa Maria, CA

Church Sound Workshop Attendees

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Hi Mike, You taught our class today in Lancaster and I can honestly say that your class was hands down the best and most valuable training I've ever received in a single day. It was just outstanding. You answered so many of our churches nagging questions and gave us so much hope for improvement. In fact, our guys got so much out if your program that we talked about the possibility of trying to arrange to host a similar event in 2010. Thank you again.
Craig Williams - Multimedia Team Member - Lititz United Methodist Church

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Hector, Thank you for all your help in bringing the [HOW-TO Church Sound] workshop to us, and may God continue to bless you and instructor Mike Sokol. Again, Thank You.
Ray Frederick - Bright Side Baptist Church - Lancaster, PA

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Thanks Hector, We want to let you know how much we appreciated Mike and your efforts to get us on the right track. I think I may be one of your biggest fans -- you guys really know your stuff. I would absolutely like to continue our communication because we've learned more from you guys then anyone else.
Kaighn Avenue Baptist - Camden, NJ

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I wanted to just drop a line to thank you for the expertise that you shared with each of us this past Saturday. I myself have been in the Television Business for 14 years and audio has always been a part I have personally enjoyed but really never had such a clear explanation as you presented on aspects of both live sound mixing and the equipment we work with. Audio in television doesn’t always take the priority it should and I believe even more attention must be paid with the push of HDTV content and digital broadcasting in general. I will also say my colleagues that I work with at our local church greatly appreciated all the insight you gave them in the world of audio mixing in a live environment. Once again thank you for such a class act of training you gave.  It’s hard to find that anymore. So many claim they're experts but know just enough to be dangerous and lead many in the wrong direction.
Rodney L Johnson - Sound Technician Murrysville United Methodist Church, Senior Post Production Editor WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

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Mike: I have heard nothing but great things from attendees of the League City workshop last Saturday. You exceeded expectations. Working with you two was a pure joy, and Mike, the knowledge you have is awesome. People who just started working with sound received a lot, and those of us who are more experienced learned new and better ways of doing things. A couple of people who attended who had years of experience, and I was curious what they would get out of it. They both said it was great and very valuable. You guys hit a home run with the Houston crowd. Thank you again for a great weekend. I know it will pay great dividends for our church and the churches of those who attended.
Tom LeClare - Media Director - Dominion Church - Houston, TX
 
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Hector: I certainly appreciate all you did for us at the Lafayette Community Church HOW-TO Church Sound Workshop. The difference in the sound in our church is totally amazing. And by thinking of the job of sound tech as being a ministry instead of a job also makes a big difference in how the task is approached. Your enthusiasm is infectious, and has spread now to at least two other individuals who run the board. A most heartfelt thanks for you willingness to share your knowledge and expertise. The two young boys, Seth and Nathan, can't wait to try their hands on the sound board!
Sandy Lewis - Lafayette Community Church - Lafayette, OR
 
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I just wanted to let you know how very excited I was about the sound seminar. Mike and his assistant were excellent presenters; extremely knowledgeable and personable. Our technicians can't stop talking about all they gleaned from the event. A few days after the event was done, we got all our guys together over a pizza and talked about what we heard in the two days and that was a great time together. We actually saw positive results in our service the very next morning as we ran through the sound check the way Mike suggested! I have also gotten nothing but positive responses from the other churches who attended. Thanks again for bringing the seminar to Pittsburgh and I would welcome the chance to do it again in the future or be a host for the advanced seminar, if you are able to get that together.
Bill Jenkins - Monroeville Assembly of God - Monroeville, PA
 
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Mike: What a pleasure it was to host this seminar. On behalf of the church and staff I want to thank you for bringing this seminar to Allentown Presbyterian Church. You were so easy to work with it made it a breeze for our Music Minister Carl and I. You have a terrific way that you use for presentation. I very much enjoyed the laid back, easy going style. But, you kept to your schedule, did not let anyone manipulate the floor and our time. You presented in such a fashion that spoke to everyone at their level. This indeed is a gift. Very impressive to say the least. I have been doing sound support for the church for 10 years as the lone tech. Now we have somewhat of a team - be that as it may. I have been the sound man for our traveling 150 voice choir for about the same amount of time. I was trained in the army and did some work there. I have attended about 20 or so seminars all over the country and only tell you this as background to my next comment.. This was by far the absolute best 2 days I have ever spent in an audio workshop. Outstanding presentation. Please feel free to use me as a reference for anyone thinking about hosting a seminar or attending one.
Lee Weitz - Allentown Presbyterian Church - Allentown, NJ
 
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I recently attended the seminar in Fort Wayne and am REALLY impressed. Thank you for all you guys are doing. It has really improved our sound! But I would also be interested in the possibility of hosting a seminar in our area, Elkhart, IN. We have gone to the next level, but we're not done yet.
Margie - Elijah's Fire International - Elkhart, IN
 
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Thank-you for the information on the How to Church Sound Workshops. We have four sound volunteers that are very excited to attend. I know that they will be blessed with the knowledge of how to run our sound system better. Also, to be able to ask questions, and have hands-on instruction is exactly what they need. Thank-you for having the wisdom and insight to do this for churches, regardless of size. We were discussing where to send our guys for training, when your flyer about the classes came in the mail. The Lord bless you and keep you.
In His Service, Dee Hoover - Maranatha Baptist Church - Oregon City, Oregon
 
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Hi Mike! Thank you again for your excellent workshop last weekend. I drove 5 hours each way to attend and it was well worth it! Thanks also for the cord I can use for my apple laptop. Now I just need to figure out how to apply all I've learned to our particular situation. I would love to have the HOW-TO Sound Workshop conduct a presentation here in the St. Louis area. Jan Chamberlin
Music Director: Eliot Unitarian Chapel - Kirkwood, MO
 
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Mike: Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed this weekend's workshop at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Omaha. I was extremely impressed by the depth and breadth of the presentation, and your patience with our novice questions. May God bless the work you are doing for the Church.
Dick Adams - Omaha, NE
 
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Hector: We hosted this workshop last weekend in Dallas. It was excellent -- I learned a ton, and I know the other participants did as well. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable, but also enjoyable and fun. I would highly recommend the workshop to everyone.
Nate Carter - Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
 
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I attended your sound workshop in Cumberland last week. The information and instruction I received is priceless! Thanks for all your help.
Bernie - Frostburg, MD
 
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Thank you very much for an interesting, informative, professional, comprehensive and extremely well presented workshop. I received positive feedback from everyone I talked to that attended. Our church audio will be enhanced by your efforts, and we were fortunate to get two new people exposed to the important aspects of sound systems, and how they integrate with House of Worship presentations.
Thanks, Joe D. - Cumberland, Maryland
 
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Mike Thank you for your workshop at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. It was very informative and helpful.
Paula H. - Organist, Winchester, Virginia
 
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I wanted to thank you for your surround presentation in Orlando last night. I came up to you at the end of the evening to say "thanks" and to let you know that I would see you again Friday night for the Church Sound Seminar.
Best, Dave Morrison - Orlando, Florida
 
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Thank you so much for all your help. Class was great, I got a lot out of it and would be interested in another...
B.H. - SonLife Baptist Church, Plant City, Florida

 

Surround Sound Attendees

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The surround workshop was fantastic! Mike is quite the presenter and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the surround workshop. We sincerely hope that Fits and Starts will come back in the future. Thanks for everything. Sincerely, Jon Frazer - U. of Memphis
 

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"The Fits & Starts Productions surround sound workshop featuring Mike Sokol was a valuable resource to our students. We're always happy to include Fits & Starts in our ongoing series of special events designed to expose our students to the audio industry at large." - Noel Smith, Dean of Faculty, Institute of Audio Research, NYC
 

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I just wanted to thank you again for coming to Peabody with your workshop. I've talked to all of the people who were there and everyone thought it was very well done and informative! After hearing about all of the cool things that can be done with surround sound, I'm definitely going to learn more about the subject! Best, Brian B.
 

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Can't thank you enough for the ever enlightening surround workshop I was thrilled to discover how accessible and realistic surround recording and mixing at this point in time for the up and coming engineer. I also was very appreciative of you sharing your own personal surround techniques with us, a lot of folks don't like to do that. Thanks Again, Eriel B.
 

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Thank you for your excellent surround presentation. That was the first authoritative introduction I've had into the approaches and processes of surround. I've been reading back issues of Surround Professional magazine and there's so much going on in there beyond the basics that I hadn't been able to assemble an overall picture until now. My primary focus is sound for picture, and that includes video games. Sound design is very interesting to me, so I appreciate your stories of how you created the theatre sound effects. Thanks again. I'll be poring over the websites you gave us. Brent Findley - 6th month, Recording Arts program