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BASS

A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 7-9, 2019
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Michael Dow

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Michael Dow
Michael Dow

President
Zamar Media Solutions
San Jose, CA
(408) 226-4323
mike@zamarmedia.com
www.zamarmedia.com

As President and founder of Zamar Media Solutions, Michael Dow has been an active proponent of improving technology in the church community. He has accomplished this by forming a Christ-based installation and consulting firm that is committed to serving the Christian community. His firm has made an exceedingly strong commitment to educating the church tech community on how to operate and use the technical systems needed by churches today.

Dow founded Zamar Sound in 1991 as a consultancy focused on helping the Church improve the technical quality of its presentation. His company has now grown to a contracting firm working with larger facilities as well as the small-church market.




2019 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Why are My Wireless Microphones Acting Strangely?

3/9/2019 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Room: D6

Wireless microphones are a critical part of what we all do in a church service. BUT with all of the changes recently by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accommodate many new wireless devices (5G Cell Phones...) many of the radio frequencies that our wireless microphone use have been

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Audio Visual & Media: Digital Mixers for Worship

3/9/2019 11:15 - 12:30 p.m. Room: D6

This session will show you the features/use of a digital mixer. We'll cover several mixers and help you pick the right one for your church.

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Audio Visual & Media: New Projection and Display Technologies for Church

3/9/2019 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Room: D6

New Projectors or LED Wall? We'll discuss both of these emerging technologies and show you the benefits with many of the new products that are available today. New Laser Projectors and Screens that reject ambient light are extending the viability of this older technology. Along with LCD and LED walls becoming more affordable it's getting harder to decide. The other question we will discuss is which resolution to you need, HD (1080p) or UHD (4K)?

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Audio Visual & Media: LED Lighting for Church - Do's and Don'ts

3/9/2019 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Room: D6

Everyone want's LED Lighting but doing it right can be tricky. We'll show you the different class of fixtures and how to pick the right product for their church. We'll talk about LED audience and Stage lighting. We will have a few examples of LED Wash and Spot fixtures as well as Moving Head fixtures. We will also discuss the reduction in power needed to support an LED Lighting system. MANY older facilities can now install a LED system without adding any new AC Power capability.

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Audio Visual & Media: What Do I Need to Stream My Services?

3/9/2019 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Room: D6

This session is intended to help you understand what is required to start Streaming your services. We will show what technologies are needed to Stream. Things like the right camera system, proper lighting, High speed internet access and a Live Streaming service. We'll look at what Streaming IS and what it ISN'T. Showing your camera in the Nursery is not Streaming, it's Distributed AV, which we will also discuss.

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2018 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: New AVL Technologies for Your Church

3/3/2018

Everyone knows that the Internet is the place to learn everything - Right? Our experience has proven that to be false. Let us help you better understand these confusing technologies and how to get them right the first time. We'll help you understand proper budgets and the gear needed to help you reach this goal. Topics to include audio, lighting, camera, projection, acoustics and streaming followed by a Q & A session.

Audio Visual & Media: Streaming Your Services

3/3/2018

This session will help you understand the differences between streaming (live and delayed), pod casting, nursery/lobby viewing and video recording also the gear required to do each. We will discuss the broadband data bandwidth required to do live streaming and the technical options available. The importance of installing proper Camera, lighting and projection systems in order to provide a compelling remote experience will be discussed. We’ll also cover proper camera techniques and how to incorporate sermon and worship graphics into the remote feed. Most Video Campuses want to have a live worship team at the remote location so we’ll show you how to provide a delayed “live” broadcast that allows that to be seemless for the remote viewers.

Audio Visual & Media: Digital Mixer for the Church

3/3/2018

Digital mixers are a great tool to help you improve the audio at your church. We’ll show you the features you should look for and also how to avoid the features that can make a digital mixer actually harder to use. Imagine being able to get a great worship mix and be able to save ALL of the settings so they are already there the following week. Digital mixers can do that and many more things that will greatly improve your audio consistency each week. The real trick is to be sure to get the proper training on your mixers operation and have it pre-programmed so it works great on the first Sunday. The average time to fully program a new digital mixer the first time is between 6 to 8 hours. Then you’ll need another 4 hour worship rehearsal to get all the EQ and monitor settings right. Remember a digital mixer has a full suite of effects (eq, compression, gating, plugins and reverb) built-in on EACH channel. If you don’t use all of this then you’ve wasted you funds. Let us introduce you to digital mixers and how to select one that works for you and your church.

Audio Visual & Media: Mixing Your Worship Band

3/3/2018

The best audio system in the world will only sound as good as your operators are capable of mixing. During this session we will discuss proper gain structure, how to equalize your band, and the importance of using compression and digital effects to reach the best sound possible within the variables of your audio system and building acoustics. We will also do a bit of

2015 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: HD Projection for the Church

3/6/2015

HD is all the rage but making the transition is littered with pitfalls in it's implementation. We will discuss things that you'll need to be aware of in order to make HD work. We will discuss HD signal types, HDCP copy protection and EDID code management. Also we will discuss select the right projector brightness and screen materials that will properly showcase your images.

Audio Visual & Media: Mixer EQ and How to Use It

3/7/2015

During this session we will discuss how to EQ voices and instruments to sound right in context with one another. Most folks EQ things to sound good by themselves but fail to take the next step to make them sound good together. We will teach you to identify which EQ knob will fix particular problems.

Audio Visual & Media: Setting up a Worship Mix

3/7/2015

During this session we will discuss how important proper Gain structure is to the foundation of a great mix. In addition we'll discuss proper EQ'ing techniques and how compression and digital effects can be used to create professional sounding mixes. Then we'll go over mixing techniques. And there will be ample time for Q & A.

2013 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Audio 101

3/9/2013

We will discuss, in an open forum, a myriad of topics that will help you run sound as your church. Topics will include; proper sound system interconnection, gain structure, microphone use, speaker technologies and many more.


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Audio Visual & Media: Mixing for Worship

3/9/2013

Not sure how to make you Worship sound the way you like? Then this class is for you. We will discuss how to use EQ and proper mixing techniques to setup a Worship mix. We will also look at how digital mixers can effect worship mixing.


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2012 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Advanced Mixing Techniques, Part 1

3/2/2012

Once the band has taken the stage and started rehearsing, what do you do to make the mix sound good? The first step is to get your gain structure set correctly so that your mixer has what it takes to sound right. The second step is where most operators have problems! Setting the mixer EQ is not difficult once you understand the knobs and how to listen for which knob to adjust to fix what sounds wrong.

Audio Visual & Media: Advanced Mixing Techniques, Part 2

3/2/2012

Professional sounding mixes are the real difference maker for a compelling worship service. And to get there you must understand and be able to use tools like compressors and digital effects. We will discuss what these tools are and how to apply them. Following the technical portion of the discussion we will have ample time for Q and A.

Audio Visual & Media: Video Projection Basics - What Projector Do You Need?

3/3/2012

With our current economy, Video Sanctuaries and Multi-site Video campuses are all the rage. But one of the most challenging concerns to make this all work it the A/V technology side. In this session we will discuss some our recent installations and the methods we used to solve some of those issues. We will also cover the various technologies needed and how to make them all “play” together in order to present a seemless and compelling “Video Church” experience.

2011 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Cost Effective Digital Mixer for the Church

3/4/2011

Its time to consider Digital Mixers! They bring incredible value as they combine features and provide "presets" for getting started. We will review the feature set of several mixers and try to clear up much of the confusion about these new tools. During our Q and A time we'll discuss the practical application of digital mixers.


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Audio Visual & Media: Improving My Worship Mix

3/4/2011

We will discuss the various factors that affect how your worship mix sounds to your congregation. There is not ONE thing or technology that will "make it all better". Topics covered will be technical training, proper installation, speaker technologies, excessive stage volume, acoustical treatment, and signal processing.


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Audio Visual & Media: Advanced Mixing Techniques, Part 1

3/5/2011

Once the band has taken the stage and started rehearsing, what do you do to make the mix sound good? The first step is to get your gain structure set correctly so that your mixer has what it takes to sound right. The second step is where most operators have problems! Setting the mixer EQ is not difficult once you understand the knobs and how to listen for which knob to adjust to fix what sounds wrong.


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Audio Visual & Media: Advanced Mixing Techniques, Part 2

3/5/2011

Professional sounding mixes are the real difference maker for a compelling worship service. And to get there you must understand and be able to use tools like compressors and digital effects. We will discuss what these tools are and how to apply them. Following the technical portion of the discussion we will have ample time for Q and A.

2010 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Listening vs. Hearing

3/5/2010

This session sets sound people on the path to the ability to listen for what's wrong with the mix and to the right knob to fix it. Participants will begin to learn how to identify specific frequencies strictly by listening. Unlocking these abilities is a critical step for developing passion in your audio team and helping them get past the tech-y side of doing sound, moving into the realm of mixing musically and intuitively.


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Audio Visual & Media: Audio 101

3/6/2010

Hooking it all up correctly is the first and most important step to great sound in your church. We'll discuss plugging things in on stage, proper gain structure, system interconnection, and many other topics plus we'll have time for Q & A.


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2009 Workshops

Audio Visual & Media: Listening vs. Hearing - Improving Your Worship Mix

3/7/2009

This session sets sound people on the path to the ability to listen for what's wrong with the mix and to the right knob to fix it. Participants will begin to learn how to identify specific frequencies strictly by listening. Unlocking these abilities is a critical step for developing passion in your audio team and helping them get past the tech-y side of doing sound, moving into the realm of mixing musically and intuitively.


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Audio Visual & Media: Audio 101

3/7/2009

Hooking it all up correctly is the first and most important step to great sound in your church. We'll discuss plugging things in on stage, proper gain structure, system interconnection, and many other topics plus we'll have time for Q & A.


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Audio Visual & Media: Maximizing Visual Impact

3/7/2009

Church services are often tightly scheduled, leaving the worship team just a few minutes to bring people to the place within themselves where they can experience God most fully. Learn how the combination of appropriate imagery, lyric prompts, and even lighting can seamlessly and subtly help draw the congregation through the stages of workshop. We'll discuss ideas and techniques that can be used in any church - no matter the amount or type of projection and lighting that may be on hand.


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