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Why Is Mic Placement Important?

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!

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About Our Company

It all started back in 1998 at 30 Rockefeller Center when our main focus was to serve the high end clientele of the Rainbow Room. Since then, we have grown into a full service audio visual company spanning the entire North East of the United States. With a large warehouse in New Jersey, a full fleet of vans and trucks, and road-ready experienced technicians no event is out of reach! Find out a bit more about us below:

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When it comes to expert audio visual solutions that will turn your ideas into beautiful things, we’ve got you covered. In addition to your standard AV, we provide theatrical lighting along with many other innovative solutions to help make a lasting impact on any sized audience.

From crystal clear audio to video streaming and recording – we do it all! You’ll be able to see and hear the difference with our top-of-the-line equipment and the latest innovations in the industry. We understand that meetings pop up and presenters’ needs can change on-site. That’s why our staff is trained to respond quickly and professionally.

No matter what service you need, we go out of our way to approach every project with the goal of making an experience that lasts forever. Give CitiView Audio Visual a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more about our company and find out how we can help!

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How To Fix Speaker Static

Picture this: you purchase a new set of speakers and are eager to try them out so you turn them on and you hear static. If you praise sound quality like we do, there’s no worse feeling than hearing fuzzy or cloudy sound. How can you fix this problem? See below for a few solutions:

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  1. You may be hearing a ground loop caused by another component in the room. Try the speakers in another room along with your A/V receiver/amplifier and see if the problem persists.
  2. Try a new set of cables. Sometimes cables that aren’t properly shielded can cause interference.
  3. Invest in a power conditioner that offers isolation and surge protection.
  4. Connect the speakers themselves into the main L/R outputs of the receiver, if they sound fine you know it’s not a problem with the speakers.
  5. Check to make sure no wires are running across another electrical cord, metal duct or any other piece of equipment.

Still hearing static? Contact the experts at CitiView Audio Visual, we may be able to help you out. And if you’re looking for sound equipment for you next event, make sure to call us at 212-632-5196.

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Audio Visual Equipment Rentals NYC

You can’t put on a successful event without the right equipment. Whether you need speakers, HD projection 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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Audio:

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

Video:

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

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

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

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Testimonial Spotlight: August

Don’t spend time setting up projection screens, speakers and video equipment on the day of your big event, spend it getting prepared and gathering the necessities. At CitiView Audio Visual, our experts will take care of it for you so you can focus on what’s really important. Since 1998, we’ve been providing cutting edge AV production and recording so you can get the most out of your event. See what some of our customers are saying about our work below:

“CitiView Audio Visual provided top notch equipment and service for my New York City meeting of 200 physicians. They completely understood my needs and budget and worked with me to ensure that I had the proper equipment to make my meeting a success. They worked to set-up the show on a very tight early morning timeline and their approach onsite was “all hands on deck.”  They interfaced very well with the union labor that the hotel required and it was clear that they had years of experience of working with NYC hotels.  The on-site techs were professional and courteous while working with my speakers and definitely rolled with the punches when there were last minute changes to slides.  I would definitely partner with CitiView again on future meetings.”

  • Trish K. (HMP Communications)

 

  • Phil H. (Meeting Tomorrow)

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. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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Capture Your Event With CitiView’s AV Solutions

How can you get the most out of your next event or business meeting? You can choose CitiView Audio Visual to help with all of your production needs. We started back in 1998 and have been creating experiences that last forever since then!

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At CitiView, we offer everything from audio and visual solutions to staging and lighting, video streaming and equipment rentals and anything in between. Our highly skilled technical sound engineers have years of training and experience and know have what it takes to make your event sound spectacular.

Looking to professional displays? See the difference with our High Lumen HD Projectors. We can help you reach any size audience and set you apart from your competition. And when it comes to staging and lighting, Jon Pristas knows best! Event lighting is one of the most important aspects of an event – it can change the entire feel of your space and should be carefully thought out.

So what are you waiting for? Give CitiView Audio Visual a call today and find out how we can help with your next event!

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How To Get The Most Out of a Business Meeting

Don’t waste your time and energy with a lousy business meeting. When nothing gets accomplished not only is it frustrating for you, the company wastes valuable resources. How can you get the most of your next business meeting? See below to find out:

  1. Have a clear-cut goal in mind: it’s vital to understand why you are having the meeting and what you want to accomplish during it. Write down a few goals beforehand and don’t leave until you get the answers you are looking for.
  2. Come up with a plan: once you have a list of goals, you need to create a plan on how you will communicate these goals to the audience. Be as straightforward as possible and be willing to answer questions.
  3. Encourage participation: try to make everyone feel involved. Nobody likes when one or two people take over. Ask questions and provide handouts if you think it will help the audience stay focused.
  4. Change it up: if you always use the same items during your meetings, it may be time to switch it up. Try using projection screens to display slides and consider using audio equipment if the people farthest from you will have trouble hearing.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we understand that meetings pop up and presenters’ needs change on-site. Our staff will respond quickly and professionally with any audio/visual service you may need so you can accomplish your goals!

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How To Get Better Sound From Your Speakers

When it comes to listening to your favorite song, there’s nothing worse than having crappy speakers or headphones. While you can spend hundreds of dollars on top-of-the-line equipment, there are a few solutions that won’t cost you a penny. Say goodbye to the days of muffled, distorted sound.

  1. Get Closer: the closer you get to your speakers, the better they will sound. Why? It minimizes the destructive effects of room reflections and tunes out some of the background noise.
  2. Change the Volume: if your speakers or headphones can handle music at high volume, try it out. Sometimes, playing music louder will make it sound better but make sure not to listen at high volume for more than 30 minutes at a time.
  3. Position the Speakers: did you know that positioning speakers with their tweeters at or very close to ear-level can make the audio sound better? If you’re setting up for an event, try to position the speakers so they will be close to the audience’s ear level.

When it comes to audio solutions in the NYC area, there’s nobody better than CitiView Audio Visual. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

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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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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.