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!

Planning For A Corporate Event

May 13, 2015

Ever wonder what goes into planning for a corporate event? Most of the time, people only see the final steps, when it’s all put together and everything is running smoothly – we hope. While planning for an event can be extremely stressful, here are a few tips to take some of the pressure off:

  1. What is the goal of the event? It’s nearly impossible to begin preparing for an event if you don’t have a clear goal. It’s important to sit down and gather all of the necessary information to in order to help you decide on the venue, the participants and anything else needed to achieve your goal.
  2. Choosing an event management company: It’s a good idea to have an event company ultimately run your event. They are the ones with the knowledge, expertise and resources in order to make your event really stand out. That’s where we come in. Our staff has years of experience under their belts and have the technology and equipment to make your event shine!
  3. The Set-up: Are there going to be speeches or special presentations? Think about what you’re going to need to make sure the audience receives a clear message. Consider setting up a stage and make sure to rent any audio and visual equipment you may need.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we have what you need to make your corporate event one to remember. We provide everything from audio and visual equipment to projection screen rentals and streaming services. Give us a call at 212-632-5196 the next time you’re preparing for an event.

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.

Don’t Go To Your Presentation Without These Items

Jun 11, 2015

Have you ever put on a presentation or spoke in front of a crowd only to realize you forgot to bring a vital component with you? Standing up in front of an audience can be stressful enough, so make sure you prepare a presentation kit before the big day. Find out you need to have below:

The Accessories

Although specific items might change with each presentation, here’s a short list of accessories you won’t want to forget:

  • Handouts or notes for the audience
  • A copy of the presentation and notes for yourself
  • If it’s a visual presentation, bring a backup copy on a thumb drive
  • Evaluation forms to gather some feedback from the crowd

The Equipment

Don’t forget your laptop, that should go without saying. But you may need a reminder about a few of these items:

  • Remote
  • Microphone
  • Headphones (if you need them)
  • Any cables necessary for audio and visual
  • Video adapter

Presentation equipment is our specialty. This is one step you can eliminate from your preparation, or at least most of it, by counting on our experts to set up your event.

A few other items you may want to consider packing in your presentation kit include duct tape, spare batteries and a portable timer so you can stay on track. And remember, stay relaxed – you’re going to do just fine!

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. CitiView Audio Visual offers cutting edge AV production and recording equipment to make your event a memorable one. Give us a call at 212-632-5196 the next time you’re preparing for an event.

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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