A Brief History of Audio

May 20, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Uncategorized

From the first tinfoil cylinder to today’s advanced equipment, the world of audio has come a long way. Think about what life was like before microphones, headphones and speakers were invented. How was anyone able to hear anything? Take a look below to find out how audio first began and how it has evolved over the years:

It all started with Thomas Alva Edison working in his lab in 1877. It was then, when he succeeded in recovering Mary’s Little Lamb from a strip of tinfoil wrapped around a spinning cylinder. This was the beginning of audio as we know it.

A year later, the first music was put on a record, you may know it by the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” Then, roughly 10 years later Edison introduces the first electric-motor driven phonograph and the first “talking movie” comes around in 1913. Edison used his Kinetophone process to make this work – a cylinder player mechanically synchronized to a film projector.

In 1941, commercial FM broadcasting comes to fruition in the United States just before the first stereo tape recordings were created by Helmut Kruger in Berlin. For the next few decades, major advancements are made in the audio world which brings us to the Winter Olympics in 1998. The opening performance begins with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” which was masterfully played and sung by synching live audio feeds from five continents across the globe. Pretty amazing!

At CitiView Audio Visual we are always looking forward to the future of audio. But for now, you can count on us any time you need audio services for your live event! Give us a call at 212-632-5196 for more information!

Why It’s Important To Know Your Audience

Sep 29, 2015

Do you know your audience? This is one of the most important aspects of putting on a presentation especially when it comes to delivering a message for your company. After all, the company’s direction and your own career might depend on how the audience reacts. Find out what you need to know before you deliver your next presentation below:

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There’s a very fine line between putting on a successful presentation and one that fails miserably. If you do well, you could get a promotion or open up a door to a new job and a new life, but if your presentation doesn’t have the impact you had hoped for you could find yourself in a world of trouble. So, what’s one of the first steps in the right direction? Knowing your audience size and becoming familiar with your surroundings are key starting points.

Whether it’s your friends, a couple of coworkers, or the president and board of directors knowing who your audience is will determine the approach you need to take. It’s vital to understand the level of formality and the types of people you will be speaking to so you can properly prepare.

Now that you know the types of people that will be listening to you present, you should also find out how large the audience will be. This information can help you stay focused and give you an idea about how to plan for the actual presentation. If it’s a large audience, you can prepare to speak clearly and directly with little interruptions, but if you have a smaller audience it’s a good idea to pause for questions throughout.

Where is this meeting taking place? Becoming familiar with the room will help you prepare, especially when it comes to the equipment you’ll need. If it’s a large conference room or auditorium you may want to consider displaying your presentation on screens for the whole audience to see and you might consider a microphone and speakers so it can be heard. Not sure what you’ll need? Don’t worry, that’s where we come in.

Call on CitiView Audio Visual to take care of all your equipment needs. We have the tools and expertise to help organize your event so give us a call today at 212-632-5196.

How To Project The Best Image

Sep 10, 2015

Not happy with the way your equipment is projecting images? There are lots of factors that determine the quality of the image on the screen, including resolution and the size of the room. But if you want to display the best image possible, it may be time to give up that old bulb and switch to a laser light source or wireless connectivity.

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Why Switch to a Laser?

Laser light sources offer a number of benefits when compared to standard lamp models. They have a much longer lifespan, up to 20,000 hours, and require much less maintenance. This will help you keep costs down and you won’t have to purchase new equipment as rapidly as before.

In addition to the lifespan and maintenance costs, laser light source technology also offers “brighter, purer, more intense images.”

Ditch The Wires

Another aspect that’s making a big impact in the projector market is wireless connectivity. During a time when technology is changing just about every single day, it only makes sense to be able to connect a projector to smartphones, tablets and laptops without the use of wires.

Make sure you’re putting on a crystal clear display with help from CitiView Audio Visual. We have the latest equipment that will make your next event stand out. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

Testimonial Spotlight: August

Aug 13, 2015

Don’t spend time setting up projection screens, speakers and video equipment on the day of your big event, spend it getting prepared and gathering the necessities. At CitiView Audio Visual, our experts will take care of it for you so you can focus on what’s really important. Since 1998, we’ve been providing cutting edge AV production and recording so you can get the most out of your event. See what some of our customers are saying about our work below:

“CitiView Audio Visual provided top notch equipment and service for my New York City meeting of 200 physicians. They completely understood my needs and budget and worked with me to ensure that I had the proper equipment to make my meeting a success. They worked to set-up the show on a very tight early morning timeline and their approach onsite was “all hands on deck.”  They interfaced very well with the union labor that the hotel required and it was clear that they had years of experience of working with NYC hotels.  The on-site techs were professional and courteous while working with my speakers and definitely rolled with the punches when there were last minute changes to slides.  I would definitely partner with CitiView again on future meetings.”

  • Trish K. (HMP Communications)

 

  • Phil H. (Meeting Tomorrow)

CitiView Audio Visual has the tools and expertise you need to help organize your event. We bring your presentation to life by administering state of the art audio, visual, staging, and video streaming services. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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