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Get Your Hands On The Catchbox

Will you be able to catch the world’s first throwable microphone? There might not be a better way to keep your audience engaged and alert than by literally tossing them the mic. Find out how you can take your events to the next level with the Catchbox.

What do you do when you’re on stage with the microphone and a member of the audience, in the way back, has a question? Chances are you’d have to wiggle your way through the crowd to hand them the mic and stand there waiting for a response. This whole process takes up valuable time and energy and makes your event boring.

While presenters searched for a solution for a number of years, Catchbox has delivered! Now, when somebody has a question you simply throw them the Catchbox – the world’s first soft throwable microphone for audiences. It’s not only faster, it makes your event more fun!

Tired of asking questions and provoking thought only to hear crickets? The Catchbox also helps encourage people to take part and share ideas. So get the right tool for the job – get Catchbox!

The Catchbox is now available for rent at CitiView Audio Visual. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn how to change your presentations for the better!

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Brief History of the Microphone

How does a microphone work? When was it invented? Why do we use them today during just about every live event? See below to find out the answers while we dive into a brief history of the microphone.

How Does It Work?

Sound waves need to be converted into electrical voltages and then converted back into soundwaves so an audience can hear the message through speakers. The microphone is a device that makes this all possible and they were first used with early telephones and radio transmitters.

How Did It All Begin?

Sir Charles Wheatstone was the first person to coin the phrase “microphone” in 1827 but it wasn’t until 1876 when Emile Berliner invented the first microphone used as a telephone voice transmitter. Soon after, the Bell Telephone company purchased the patent from Berliner for $50,000.

In 1942, the first ribbon microphone was invented for radio broadcasting and in 1964, Bell Laboratories received a patent for an electret microphone. This revolutionized the microphone industry with close to one billion produced each year. As technology continued to advance, more dynamic microphones were created which leaves us with the clear sound we hear today!

Have questions about microphones? Feel free to leave us a comment or give the experts at CitiView Audio Visual a call today at 212-632-5196.

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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.