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!

PowerPoint Presentation Tips

Aug 11, 2015

When it comes to PowerPoint presentations a little bit of preparation goes a long way. After all, who wants to sit through another boring slideshow? Want to learn how to add a little pep to your presentation? See below for a few tips:

  1. One Step At A Time: in order to keep your audience focused on what you are saying, it’s a bad idea to display multiple bullet points at once. If you put up the entire slide at the beginning, they will likely read the entire thing before you hit on each point. Stick to showing one topic or focal point and move on to the next only once you have finished the previous thought.
  2. Keep It Short And Sweet: stay away from paragraphs. Big chunks of text will cause your audience to lose attention and become bored. The slides are there to highlight important points, not to display your entire presentation.
  3. Ask Questions: provoke some thought, arouse interest and keep the people engaged. There’s no better way to do this than by asking questions. Give them a short quiz to test their knowledge.

Need a projector or HD projection screen for your next event? At CitiView Audio Visual we offer projectors from 2.5k lumens to 20k lumens and screens from 5ft to 20ft wide so give us a call today!

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.

How To Make Your Presentation A Success

Jun 03, 2015

Get the sweats? Clammy palms? Can’t stop tapping your foot? If you have a fear of public speaking or presenting you know all about how stressful getting up in front of an audience can be. And while they may not completely cure your nervous symptoms, these three secrets can help make your presentation a successful one.

Make It Understandable

Have you ever listened to somebody speak to an audience where you weren’t able to understand their message? Your crowd will be much more engaged if your presentation is free of jargon, buzzwords, complexity and confusion. So how can you make it happen? Think of it like Twitter, you only have a 140 character limit (although this won’t actually be the case).

Make It Memorable

How can you say your presentation was a success if the audience can’t remember what you spoke about? Try to incorporate the rule of three. We tend to only remember three to seven points in the short term so if you can limit your presentation to three major points, or group your content into threes, there’s a much better chance they will be able to recall what you said down the road.

Make It Emotional

We don’t mean that you have to make every member of the audience leave in tears or have them laughing at everything you say. But you should appeal to their emotions – it’s a great way to get them to lock in on what you’re presenting. You can do this by telling a story, but make sure it relates in some way to a main point of your presentation.

While we can’t write the actual script for you, the experts at CitiView Audio Visual can supply you with everything else you need. From staging and lighting to screen rentals and audio/visual equipment – we’ve got you covered! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more about our services.

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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