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!

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.

How To Prepare For Your Next Presentation

Sep 01, 2015

Practice. Practice. Practice. We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, right? Well, the more you prepare for anything in life, the more comfortable you will feel – and the same goes for your next presentation. Public speaking can be a daunting task for some us, so here are a few tips to make your next presentation fly:

Write It Down

Yes, reading from a script or a piece of paper can make for a very poor presentation, but it’s still a good idea to have it with you. Not only will writing down your speech help you to memorize it, if you happen to lose your place or dry up you can refer to it quickly to get you back on track.

Start Preparing Early

You should begin prepping as soon as you find out you have a presentation coming up. Don’t leave it until the last minute because you are bound to forget something. Give yourself a realistic amount of time to prepare, you’ll be glad you did.

Set Up The Room In Advance

Have projectors to set up? Screens to display? Speakers to test? Give yourself plenty of time to set up the room. It’s also a good idea to get familiar with the room and go over your slides as if there was an audience sitting in front of you.

Need presentation equipment for your next event or meeting? At CitiView Audio Visual, we’ve got you covered. We offer the latest technology from leading brands in the industry so give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to find out how we can help!

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!

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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