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!

How To Host A Successful Corporate Event

Jun 04, 2015

A poorly run event can lead to nothing but an expensive cocktail party where interaction is non-existent. Although online communication has taken over the world, face-to-face conversations can still have immeasurable value. So what’s the trick to hosting a successful corporate event?

The first trick is to identify the reason behind your event. Whether it’s to pitch a new product to potential clients, share what’s going on inside the company or something as simple as growing your network you must have a clear objective. As you begin planning the event and brainstorming your goal keep this question in mind, “why are we hosting this event.” It will help you stay on track and maintain a clear focus.

Once you have your objective in mind you can begin thinking about who you want to invite and how to create a buzz. To do this, you need to give them a reason to show up. This can be accomplished by choosing a venue that people are eager to check out, or the special features that will be incorporated. That’s where we come in!

While we can’t generate interactions between your guests, we can surely set you up with a fantastic display. Whether you need projection screens, audio equipment or spectacular lighting we’ve got it all! Contact CitiView Audio Visual today at 212-632-5196.

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.

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.

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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