When you’re looking through all of the dozens of audio and print files you can download at LifeWayWorship.com, you may run across some terminology that is foreign. One of the terms we use sometimes on the site is “with BGVs.” According to acronymfinder.com, a BGV could be a “below ground vault,” a “blood glucose value,” or even “Bundesverband für Gesundheitsinformation und Verbraucherschutz,”the German Federal Association of Health and Consumer Information.
At LifeWayWorship.com, BGV stands for “background vocals.” When we create recordings, we can create several different “mixes.” A “mix” is exactly what it sounds like… it’s the way we mix up the different instrumentalists and vocalists to create the finished recording. When we “mix down” a recording, the engineer can change the volume levels, equalization, compression, and any other number of variables for each instrumentalist and, depending on how it was recorded, each vocalist, so that the final “mix” fits a need.
What we’ve done with the “BGV” track is given you everything… the whole band and the singers… except for the lead singer or melody line. This way, the track is ready to use as a solo accompaniment, or you can have your singers sing along with the background vocalists to help round out the sound.
Pastor’s Worship Questions is a series of blog posts designed to help the small church pastor, non-musician or anyone else who’s been asked to lead worship in their congregation. If you’ve got a question for us, post it in the comments, and we’ll answer it in an upcoming blog post!