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3 Must-Have Pieces of Equipment For Your Next Meeting

Don’t go into your next meeting or presentation unprepared. Your position, your salary and even your career could depend on this one event and you need to nail it. That’s why you must have these three pieces of audio visual equipment on-hand and ready to go.

Confidence Monitors

Don’t appear sloppy and uncoordinated – come equipped with confidence monitors. It will prevent you from turning your back to the audience, leaving the microphone and pausing to refer to the slides on a screen behind you. Confidence monitors will allow you to have constant access to your content without ever showing the crowd your bad side.

Slide Advancers

Own the stage! Don’t retreat back to the podium to advance through your presentation – it takes up valuable time and makes you look unprepared. With a wireless remote, you can quickly and seamlessly click through your own presentation from anywhere in the room.

Microphone

Don’t count on the venue to provide a microphone for you. Always bring one with you because yelling loud enough so the back of the room can hear is never a good look. Just remember it’s all about placement. When using a lav, make sure you place the mic approximately 1 inch below your collarbone and 6-12 inches away from your mouth if using a handheld mic.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we’ve got what you need. We supply any and all audio visual equipment needed to make your next event stand out. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to speak with our experts today!

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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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How To Record High-Quality Audio

Tired of poor sound quality? When it comes to producing audio over the internet, if you’re not using the right equipment your audience may have trouble hearing you. So how can you fix this problem? Find out below.

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It starts with having the right microphone. You may not think it makes a big difference, but remember the old saying “you get what you pay for?” This is definitely the case when it comes to choosing a mic. While you might be able to get away with using an inexpensive microphone, if you compare that recording to one where a better microphone was used, you’ll be able to notice the difference.

There are two main types of microphones used for recording: omnidirectional and unidirectional. The former records sound from all directions while the latter only picks up the sound from one direction. If you want a mic that doesn’t pick up ambient noise, a unidirectional mic is your best bet.

That leads us into controlling your environment. When recording audio, you’ll want to reduce the noise around you as much as possible. While it’s very difficult to achieve complete silence, you can turn off all other machines in the room and try to keep the microphone away from any noise producers. Keep this information handy the next time you are setting up for a webcast.

Need help choosing the right equipment for your next event? The professional audio engineers at CitiView Audio Visual have years of experience and training and know exactly what it takes to record high-quality sound. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.