At one of my Audio Engineering Society (AES) conferences, I was listening to a pair of some of my favorite headphones, Audeze. As I was talking to some of my colleagues, who were newly introduced to AES about how great these headphones sounded, one of the representatives of the company, who was also listening to my conversation, asked me to listen to a song that he felt was not a great recorded song, but still sounded good on the headphones. I was shocked to find out that the song was a gospel tune. On the headphones, the song had clarity, as was expected, but what was also exposed, was how poor the quality was in the recording. And a question popped into my head. Though not every gospel recording is bad, why is quality ignored in the gospel community? Gospel music is a motivating force for Christians. So, why is their product not better? Could it be, possibly, that material recorded is being rushed into the release? I understand the excitement knowing that all of your hard work will be heard by many, but don’t you shouldn’t cut corners. Allow the engineer and/or producer to ensure you that what you’ve worked so hard on will be appreciated in quality, as well as the message that you are delivering. I listen to all genres of music. And in my opinion, some, if not most of the gospel music released, is not adequately presented. As stated earlier, the songs are inspirational, but the material deserves more regard than what is given. I would like to encourage the gospel community to take the time to get it done right. and not be anxious to get it out there just to say it’s finished.

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