How to Achieve Quality Sound in Any Room

June 30, 2016
mkamel@psav.com

When planning a presentation or event, sound comes above all. While lighting is essential in ensuring the speaker is seen, sound plays a large role in capturing your audience, and more importantly, guaranteeing that the material you are presenting is actually being received. There’s nothing more frustrating than the person sitting in the back not being able to hear a thing you are saying. Here’s how to achieve quality sound in any room when holding a presentation.

Acoustics

Being without good quality sound severely limits what you can do at an event, as well as the impact of your presentation. Ensuring you avoid this critical mistake requires some research and diligence. Think about the room’s acoustics. Not only is this important for the audience who will be in attendance, but also for those watching through a live stream. Ensuring the room has carpeting and curtains will help in absorbing the sound, and preventing it from bouncing around the room and echoing. Test the venue beforehand and do a trial run to see where you can improve or what measures need to be taken to minimize echoing or sound not carrying. Any room can be made into a workable space, with some adjustments and proper planning.

Wind

If your event is outdoors, or in a space that will have air flowing through, ensure you preplan for the potential of wind interruptions. Stand in a way where your back is against the wind, protecting the microphone from it, and creating a shield.

Switcher

In the event that you are using  more than one camera and microphone, a switcher is a good idea. It’ll help you in achieving the best sound possible, as you can adjust the levels of sound, as needed. It’s not always necessary to have all the microphones on at one time, so a switcher gives you the ability to turn the ones not in use off, preventing them from getting overloaded.

Soundboard Check

Conducting a quick soundboard check prior to the event will be greatly beneficial to you. Arrive at the venue early and make friends with the soundboard operator. Doing a run through of all the mics and making sure that even those in the back get a good signal is vital to the success of your event. Last minute mishaps happen all the time, so making sure everything is smooth a few hours prior to show time will save you from embarrassment and wasted time.

Speakers

While all events naturally require good quality sound, not all events will require the same type of sound. What is needed for a rock concert will be different than what is required for a wedding or corporate event. The sound system must be optimally matched to the scale of the event, as well as the content. The one thing that is a constant is the need for a flat, clear, natural sound. Irregularities in sound, with interruptions, fuzziness and fading in and out, will fatigue the audience and make them lose interest. A way to achieve clear and natural sound is the positioning of the speakers, where the audience is able to clearly identify where the sound is coming from. Turning the speakers and pointing them in the correct direction is a way to ensure clear sound pathways.

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