One of the key missions for [WM] is helping teams get #BetterBySunday and as you’ve probably noticed we believe that PCO is a phenomenal vehicle for helping teams bring their best on Sunday morning. If you’ve ever tried sharing songs and charts via eMail in preparation for a big production, one can really appreciate the project management side of PCO. If you’ve got a Christmas production coming up and aren’t using PCO, this might be a great opportunity to streamline the production process for you and your teams.

Another somewhat obvious production application for PCO is helping manage the recording production process. You will read in our upcoming December issue a feature interview with Ricardo Sanchez and how he used PCO to share the charts and MP3s with his band prior to the  rehearsal days leading up to the album’s live recording. Noting that we are all interested in getting great results efficiently. If you haven’t already had a chance to do so, I strongly encourage you to check out Ricardo Sanchez’s new album “Taste and See”, as they say, the proof is in the pudding.

[WM] What are some of the parallels you would make in terms of how you used PCO for the pre-production on “Taste and See” and how worship teams could use it to maximize the pre-production process going into a Christmas or Easter service?

[Ricardo Sancez] PCO is unprecedented in its efficiency to communicate to teams. Making a live record is very similar to the energy and effort required to do a production like Christmas or Easter. It’s priceless in its ability to share lyrics, video, and really streamline the process so everyone is on the same page.

[WM] When did you start using PCO and what are some of your favorite features?

[Ricardo] I started using PCO as a worship leader literally since its inception. It revolutionized how we communicated to our team and our department. We no longer had to duplicate and hand out rehearsal CDs to everyone – it was awesome. My favorite feature is the library of songs and how accessible charts are. I love it, but I also love how it helps me build community within my worship department and keep everyone unified.

[WM] One of the reasons we love PCO so much is that it is a great vehicle for getting charts and tracks to a team in the right key so they can really make the most of their prep time. While this is somewhat practical in nature, there is a pastoral care dimension in terms of setting your team up for success. What are your thoughts around this?

[Ricardo] I totally agree. It helps make a large team small by keeping everyone on the same page. It also builds confidence… success on Sunday starts with communication on Monday, and PCO has made me a rock star at communicating. PCO also holds people accountable for the service and the part they play, which builds a team of leaders, not followers.

[WM] What were some of the specific benefits of using PCO for the pre-production on “Taste and See”?

[Ricardo] Keeping everyone informed. All of our team was coming from different parts of the country so they were all able to show up prepared. I always say the difference between practice and rehearsal is that you practice at home and you show up to rehearse… to rehearse what you’ve already learned. PCO allowed everyone to get the songs and learn their part prior to showing up to rehearsal. PCO also allowed us to quantum leap when we jumped into the rehearsal sessions. We had five days of rehearsal prior to the actual recording. PCO removed that weird intimidating initial part when everyone is connecting at the first rehearsal. It allowed everyone to jump right in because they were already prepared with all the songs and information they had studied.

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Doug is the Editorial Director for [WM] and Gear Tech + Recording aka [GTR] magazines. Doug is a 'retired' worship and creative arts director, one of the session players from Guitar Hero, has a disc out on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, and literally wrote the book on worship guitar per "The Worship Guitar Book" which appeared on the Hal Leonard imprint.

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