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.

Business Meeting Essentials

Nov 03, 2015

What are the secrets to hosting a successful business meeting? While it may be daunting to stand up in front of a room full of business professionals to give a presentation, there are certain keys to leaving your audience with a lasting impression. Be organized, be prepared and have seamless audio visual integration.

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Be Organized

There is no worse feeling that speaking in front of a crowd when your notes or your visuals are unorganized. Not only will it throw off the presenter, the crowd may become uninterested and lose focus. It’s vital to practice your presentation beforehand and make sure everything is in order before the day of the event.

Be Prepared

Go into the meeting with a clear focus. What is it that you want to achieve? If you go in with a goal in mind, it will help you prepare to achieve the goal and stay on track.

It’s also a good idea to anticipate questions. Members of the audience may ask about certain topics covered during the presentation or more general questions about your company or your goals.

Have Seamless AV Integration

We live in a world where technology rules. Make sure your audience is able to connect on their laptops, smartphones or tablets and provide them with high-quality audio and visual. If the people in the back of the room can’t hear or see your presentation, chances of success are slim. This is why it’s important to hire a well-trained audio visual team!

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. Call us today at 212-632-5196 to learn more!

Tips For A Successful Webcast

Sep 08, 2015

Is your business looking to build better customer relationships, launch exciting new products or strengthen your brand? Although many companies know these are vital components of any business, they don’t know how to do it successfully. So, what’s the trick? Webcasting is an extremely effective tool – but make sure you follow the tips below:

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  1. Build Awareness: while webcasts are great tools for reaching a large number of people without spending a fortune, having the right audience is key. Building awareness will help optimize your success and ensure that your target audience is reached. You may want to consider building a pre-event website and sending pre-registration emails.
  2. Create a Checklist: make sure your webcast runs smoothly by creating a pre-event checklist. You’ll need to have the proper internet infrastructure, find out what audio visual equipment will be required and carefully plan out your business objectives.
  3. Quality Streaming: without the right equipment, it’s going to be difficult to put on a quality webcast. The audio visual equipment is only one step, but you also need to make sure you have a quality encoder, the right software and streaming support infrastructure – that’s where we come in!

At CitiView Audio Visual, we have what it takes to conduct a webcast that leaves a lasting impression. From Multi-Camera Switching to Picture-in-Picture and Content Delivery systems we’ve got you covered. 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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