A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 1-3, 2018
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D6
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.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course designed for audio operators that have fundamental understanding of sound system but would like to get better. The topic is Microphone and will cover all the types of microphones and direct connection of instruments. Are you going direct with instruments? Let’s find out what microphone is good to use and how to correctly connect the instrument to the sound board. Will cover how to power microphones that need remote power as well as instrument interface that also need to be remotely powered. How to stop the POP’s so you can be ready but not noisy. The main discussion will be microphones and all the different types and how they are meant to be used.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D6
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.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: C2
This is an intermediate course designed for audio operators that are running sound regularly but cannot seem to get the sound to work better. The topic is Acoustics and will cover tools that are available for you to see the sound. Yes there is an app for that. How can you see the sound visually and use that to make changes. What else in the sanctuary is causing interference with the sound? “All I hear is the drums!” Can you fix that and how. Will go over the tools and how they can be used to make changes to the sound when operating and how to measure stuff that is causing interference. Will talk about plexiglass shields and defusesers and more.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D6
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.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course that will talk about the heart of the sound system. What to do with all those knobs and what do they do? Bought a new console but cannot get it to work. Is digital better then analog? What types of consoles are there and should you go digital? The mixer has lots of knobs and switches with as much as an acronym next to it, so what does that thing do? Is there one setting that fits all inputs or outputs. Will go over equalizer (EQ) settings and how to use this to make sources sound better and to help curb the squeal sound coming out of the system.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D6
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
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course about the electronics of the sound system and how they are suppose too work together. What happened to the beautiful singer’s voice when they began to use the microphone and all you hear is a Charlie Brown adult voice (Wah wah wah wah)? Do you have big enough speakers to get the sound level you need? Are the amplifiers big enough to get the power to the speakers? Is there proper electrical supply to the equipment so it is not over heating or unable to produce the level of audio that it is rated for? Does the wireless microphone not sound as good as the wired microphone? This will include talking about audio acronyms that describe the electronic signals and how to read them on an app or other test equipment. How to set the levels on everything but the mixing consol.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner class on taking care of sound equipment. How to clean a microphone windscreen, testing cables, what is the correct microphone stand to have. Are you using the correct cable to connect instruments into the system? Setting up the microphone and as soon as you step away it falls to the stage. You move the microphone cable to another input and it still does not work… Is the microphone bad? Connector “Life Cycles” or “Mating Cycles” what is this and what does it mean, are the cables just warn out?
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D6
Social media and mobile strategies are nothing new, yet they continue to be a challenge for most churches. In this workshop we'll discuss some social media best practices for churches as well as how to develop and implement an effective strategy. In addition we'll explore using the various social platforms to share the gospel.
We'll also look at the ever-changing mobile world. Beyond Bible apps, we'll look at strategies and tools that will help you not only communicate with your congregation, but engage people outside of Sunday. We'll also recommend some free services and tools that will help you achieve all of this.