Why Is Mic Placement Important?

Oct 14, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Event Tips

When it comes to achieving the best possible sound quality, mic placement matters. There’s a lot more to getting good sound out of a microphone than simply standing behind it and speaking directly into it. Proper mic placement offers optimal signal to noise ratio, gain before feedback and helps you achieve the mic’s “sweet spot”.

If there is going to be background noise during your next event, using a directional microphone is your best bet. These mics work to reject sound coming from nearby allowing you to achieve proper signal to noise ratio.

It’s important to understand your microphone’s angle of rejection especially when it comes to aligning floor monitors or side fills. Keep in mind that when a sound source is closer to the microphone, the mic will put out a stronger signal. This is ideal if you want to add some depth to your vocals, but don’t over do it.

To find the “sweet spot” it’s going to take some trial and error. The best way to find the optimal sound is to literally move the mic around until it sounds best. If you’re using an omnidirectional microphone you can test the sound by covering one ear and listening to the sound with the other. For a cardioid mic, cover one ear and cup your hand behind the other and finally, for a stereo pair cup both hands behind your ears.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we can help you choose the best equipment and aid with the setup for achieving the highest quality audio. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to find out how we can help!

Secrets To A Successful Soundcheck

Jul 01, 2015

Mic check one, two. Check one, two. Have you ever heard the emcee or host of an event say this into the microphone before the show or presentation starts? They are testing out the sound system to create the best listening experience for their audience. There’s a lot that goes into a soundcheck so see below for some secrets to success.

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First off, you’ll want to find the audio engineer as soon as your get to the venue. It’s important to get to know him or her and ask some general questions about the PA system. Try to find out how the system changes when there is a full audience in the room, because we all know things sound different in an empty room.

After speaking with the engineer and learning a bit about the venue, you can go ahead and start testing the mics. If there will be more than one mic, one for vocals and another for music or instruments, start with the vocal mic(s) first. Keep in mind that louder doesn’t always equal better.

For more information about how to run a successful soundcheck, contact the experts at CitiView Audio Visual. We’ve been providing the NYC area with quality live event solutions since 1998.

Why Use A Confidence Monitor?

Sep 14, 2015

What’s one of the most important qualities to display while presenting? If you said “confidence” you’re absolutely right. There’s nothing worse than listening to somebody speak if they are timid or nervous and we’ve got the perfect solution for that! Having a confidence monitor in front of you while you present can make a world of difference.

What is a Confidence Monitor?

We’ve gone through the importance of making your event stand out with visuals – it’s a great way to connect with your audience and keep them engaged. While you’re displaying slides or photos on a large projection screen behind you, a confidence monitor will help you stay focused while keeping your eyes on the crowd. With a confidence monitor in front of you, you’ll be able to see exactly what your audience sees without turning around, which can be very distracting to the folks in front of you!

How can it Help?

Think of it as a larger scale note card or cheat sheet. With a confidence monitor you’ll be able to breeze through your presentation while staying on topic and you’ll be much less likely to overlook or skip important points.

Keep in mind that a confident delivery will help get your message across to the audience and can help make your event a success! Contact CitiView Audio Visual today to rent a confidence monitor and stay poised and in control during your next presentation.

How To Make A Business Presentation Stand Out

May 15, 2015

If you’re not the artistic type, coming up with visual aids for your business presentation can be a nightmare. But there’s a wide range of “good” visuals, from simple posters to complex videos, that can help make your presentation stand out. After all, nobody wants to sit there and hear you speak for hours with nothing to else to look at, right?

A simple speech is a great way to deliver a message, but it won’t necessary make it stand out. Presenting information with visuals can enhance any presentation and help to keep the audience’s attention. Some of the most effective ways to incorporate visual aids include PowerPoints, flip charts and posters.

PowerPoints

With hundreds of offerings including font, audio and images this is a great way to put together some visuals in an organized manner. There are however, a few things you should remember when creating a PowerPoint:

  • Just because there are hundreds of fonts, doesn’t mean you should use them all. Throwing in too many whacky ones can throw off the audience, so keep it consistent.
  • Choose font colors and backgrounds carefully. Colors like red and green can be difficult to see.
  • Don’t put too much information on the slides. Highlight 5 points at maximum and elaborate on them.

Flip Charts

Having a meeting that involves brainstorming ideas? Flip charts are the perfect way to organize your co-workers’ thoughts. Make sure to use a dark marker and write big enough so somebody thats 8 feet away will have no problem reading your notes.

Posters

Believe it or not, something as simple as a poster can help the audience remember a key point. You can keep it simple by adding a few graphics and some text or go all out and have it professionally printed and laminated. Just stay away from posters that are too busy and stick with something that catches the eye.

Need help setting up for a corporate meeting or presentation? The experts at CitiView Audio Visual have the skills and equipment for exceptional visual aids. Give us a call today at  212-632-5196 for more information.

1 Comment

Braden Bills

It’s interesting that microphones need to be put in the right spot. It would be bad if they picked up audio from the audience, after all! I can see why getting a professional to place them would be a good idea.

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