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.

How To Get The Most Out of a Business Meeting

Jul 30, 2015

Don’t waste your time and energy with a lousy business meeting. When nothing gets accomplished not only is it frustrating for you, the company wastes valuable resources. How can you get the most of your next business meeting? See below to find out:

  1. Have a clear-cut goal in mind: it’s vital to understand why you are having the meeting and what you want to accomplish during it. Write down a few goals beforehand and don’t leave until you get the answers you are looking for.
  2. Come up with a plan: once you have a list of goals, you need to create a plan on how you will communicate these goals to the audience. Be as straightforward as possible and be willing to answer questions.
  3. Encourage participation: try to make everyone feel involved. Nobody likes when one or two people take over. Ask questions and provide handouts if you think it will help the audience stay focused.
  4. Change it up: if you always use the same items during your meetings, it may be time to switch it up. Try using projection screens to display slides and consider using audio equipment if the people farthest from you will have trouble hearing.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we understand that meetings pop up and presenters’ needs change on-site. Our staff will respond quickly and professionally with any audio/visual service you may need so you can accomplish your goals!

How To Record High-Quality Audio

Oct 06, 2015

Tired of poor sound quality? When it comes to producing audio over the internet, if you’re not using the right equipment your audience may have trouble hearing you. So how can you fix this problem? Find out below.

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It starts with having the right microphone. You may not think it makes a big difference, but remember the old saying “you get what you pay for?” This is definitely the case when it comes to choosing a mic. While you might be able to get away with using an inexpensive microphone, if you compare that recording to one where a better microphone was used, you’ll be able to notice the difference.

There are two main types of microphones used for recording: omnidirectional and unidirectional. The former records sound from all directions while the latter only picks up the sound from one direction. If you want a mic that doesn’t pick up ambient noise, a unidirectional mic is your best bet.

That leads us into controlling your environment. When recording audio, you’ll want to reduce the noise around you as much as possible. While it’s very difficult to achieve complete silence, you can turn off all other machines in the room and try to keep the microphone away from any noise producers. Keep this information handy the next time you are setting up for a webcast.

Need help choosing the right equipment for your next event? The professional audio engineers at CitiView Audio Visual have years of experience and training and know exactly what it takes to record high-quality sound. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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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