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How To Test Speaker Wires and Connections

What’s one of the most common problems with speakers? Their wires get tangled up in a pile and the hardest part is figuring out where they are supposed to go. But you don’t have to spend hours untangling the mess, you can trace the wires with common household batteries.

Speakers and their wires have a positive and negative polarity and so do batteries. Therefore you can hold one speaker wire to one of the batter terminals (using AA or AAA) and hold the other wire to the remaining terminal to find out where they are supposed to go.

To do this, take one of the wires and repeatedly touch and disconnect it from the terminal. You should hear a static sound each time the wire touches the terminal and this will allow you to identify the speaker. It’s a good idea to label each wire with is corresponding speaker so you won’t get them mixed up again.

When you need professional audio solutions, you can count on the highly skilled technical sound engineers at CitiView Audio Visual. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 for more info!

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How To Choose A Projection Screen

Size. Aspect ratio. Material. There’s a lot more to a projection screen than you may have thought and they can be the most vital part of a visual presentation. With so many options to choose from it can make your decision seem nearly impossible, but if you stick to these basic guidelines you’ll be able to put on a crystal clear display for your audience.

Consider The Size

Before you go ahead and rent a projection screen for your event, you need to consider the size of the room it’s going to be in and how many people will be focusing their eyes on the screen. Projectors create a limited amount of light and as you increase the image size, you decrease the overall brightness. At CitiView, we are stocked with projection screens ranging from 5ft. to 20ft. wide so we can accommodate just about any size room.

Width of the Screen vs. Height

Another important piece of the puzzle is the aspect ratio, or the proportions between the width of the screen and its height. Most projectors come equipped with a 16×9 display meaning a 16-foot-wide screen should be 9 feet tall. However, your screen doesn’t have to be 16×9 just because the projector is. There are plenty of ways you can adjust the projector to fill the screen.

Material

All projection screens are made from the same material, right? Wrong. Most basic screens are made from a smooth, vinyl material but there are also perforated and woven screens available. It’s a good idea to speak with the venue to find out what kind of lighting is used in the room because this will affect how the images show up on the screen’s material.

Need to rent a projection screen for your next event? The experts at CitiView Audio Visual have exactly what you need to make your event stand out! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 for more information.

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Secrets To A Successful Soundcheck

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.

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Why Is Audio Restoration Software Important?

Ever wonder what it takes for music, film and television to sound so clear and pleasing to our ears? We can guarantee that the first audio recording is not what you hear as the final product. Just think of how the air conditioning units, electrical buzzing from the power supply and car sirens or horns in the background would sound in the final production of your favorite song or movie. You can thank expert audio engineers and their restoration software for taking care of these undesirable sounds and creating “music to your ears”!

With home recording on the rise due to factors such as low budgets and little time, “dirty audio” is becoming more prevalent as well. Just think, while you may decide to belt out your latest song in your room it wasn’t built to filter out extraneous sounds.

That’s why you need to call in the experts who have a plethora of knowledge with audio restoration software. That’s where we come in! Our audio engineers have the latest technology and know exactly what it takes to make your event sound spectacular. We’ll provide you with the crystal clear sound you have been searching for!

For more information about audio solutions in the NYC area, contact CitiView Audio Visual today and don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter!

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Audio Visual Equipment Rental NYC

What’s one of the most important features of any business meeting or live event? The right equipment. Whether you need full sound systems, LED and LCD screens, computers, lighting or staging, CitiView has you covered! See below for a full list of equipment we can rent to you!

 

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  • Full sound systems
  • Speakers
  • Line Arrays
  • Microphones
  • Mixers and audio recorders

Video:

  • LED & LCD screens
  • HD projection screens and projectors
  • Matrix video switchers
  • Video recording and streaming platforms

Computers:

  • Mac Mini
  • Mac Book Pro
  • Dell and HP laptops

Lighting:

  • LED uplights
  • Source 4 Lekos
  • Dimmers

Staging:

  • 4×4 and 4×8 stage decks
  • Stairs and railings
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Truss systems

Scenic:

  • Pipe and drape
  • Back Drops and form set back drops

Don’t start planning your next event without giving CitiView Audio Visual a call. We’ll provide you with everything you need to make it stand out!

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The Future of Audio News

If you had to guess the most popular way people listen to audio in their cars which method would you choose? With so many options, from satellite radio to smartphone streaming, chances are you wouldn’t choose traditional terrestrial radio, right? After all, more and more new cars are making it possible to connect to the internet where you can access just about anything, and we mean anything!

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While some believe traditional radio news is on the verge of becoming obsolete, others “see an opportunity to reshape how news and information are conveyed,” according to Current. However, listening to traditional radio news may not be as traditional as you may think. Rivet Radio has created an app accessible via iOS and Android devices where users can set preferences and create news playlists based on what they want to hear as well as their location.

It’s important to keep in mind that we spend lots of time traveling via automobile and we all need something to keep us busy. Although advancements in technology are fast and ever changing, I’m sure we can all agree that we will continue listening to audio in our cars for years and years to come.

If you’re looking for professional audio solutions in New York City, there’s only one number to call: 212-632-5196. CitiView Audio Visual has the tools and expertise to make your event stand out!

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Why Record Your Next Event?

Don’t be like the thousands of people who wish they had a copy of their event to look at after the big day. When planning your next event we highly recommend considering recording it so you can go over it to find out what went well and what didn’t, and that’s just one of the benefits. Find out a few more reasons why you should record your next event below:iStock_000039859106_Large

No matter how big or small your event is going to be, you can never go wrong by having it recorded. Not only will you able to pinpoint positives and negatives to better prepare for future presentations, you can use the content for podcasts, video promotions and even ads on social media!

First, you need to decide what the video will be used for. Is it going to be turned into a tutorial for training purposes within your company? Is it going to be released to the public? This is a vital step because it will also help you determine the type of lighting, audio and sound equipment that you will need for the event.

According to Events Uncovered, “One of the most difficult aspects of recording an event is the audio. Any event that is heavy on talking will need to have good audio to make it worthwhile.” For this reason, we strongly encourage the use of professional audio engineers and expert video recorders. That’s where we come in!

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.

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Don’t Go To Your Presentation Without These Items

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.

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Why Switch To LEDs?

Still wasting money and energy with incandescent light bulbs? It’s time to switch to LEDs and reduce your carbon footprint. Find out how you can start seeing benefits almost immediately by making the switch:

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Did you know that lighting alone makes up about 12% of global grid based electricity consumption? That’s a lot of energy if you ask us. But if everyone makes the switch over to LEDs, you can see energy savings of up to 70%. Couple energy-efficient bulbs with smart lighting controls and savings could soar to 80%.

What’s more? Switching to LEDs can lead to an increased feeling of safety with white light, they provide a better working environment and increase performance both in learning and working! At CitiView Audio Visual, we have made the switch and boy are we glad we did!

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your live event and LED lighting is not only the green choice, it’s the best choice! Contact us today at 212-632-5196 to learn more!

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We are LIVE on YouTube!

Don’t host another event without some help from the experts! Be heard, seen, and engage your audience.  CitiView Audio Visual has been providing sound, lighting, and visuals for corporate events in the New York metro area for over 15 years.

When it comes to staging, lighting, web streaming, pro audio and expert video recording in NYC, CitiView Audio Visual has you covered! Meetings often pop up and presenters’ needs may change abruptly on-site. Our staff is trained to respond quickly and professionally in times like these. We provide full event production services, as well as basic a-la-carte rentals, utilizing the latest technology.

We also offer installation services for your company headquarters such as Video Conference System integrations, speaker installation, flat Screen display mounting, rack building and infrastructure wiring.

So before you start planning your next event, call on the experts at CitiView Audio Visual.