In the last blog post, we chatted about microphones that are useless without amplification. That now brings us to speakers! We won’t cover specific speaker types, but rather some best practices for event audio speakers. The speakers you use depend on the size and layout of the room, the purpose of the space, and the type of content being played.
Speaker Placement is Everything
Speakers and speaker placement are some of those things that people only notice when things go wrong. When there is only one set of speakers at the front of the room, people in the back may not be able to hear a thing while the people in the front are being deafened. Everyone notices when there is a delay, an echo, a ringing, or the dreaded screech of feedback.
One of the first things to consider is what is happening in the room. Is there a live presenter, or is there a video to watch? Will there be music playing as people walk into the room or while everyone is eating? What is the size and shape of the room? Is it going to be difficult for people in the back to hear if we only have speakers upfront? We have to make sure everyone is going to be able to hear everything without being deafened by sound. One way to tackle this is to utilize delay speakers, additional speakers set around the midpoint of the room to ensure everyone can hear at about the same volume and there is full direct sound coverage of the space.
Understanding Music Licensing
When speakering about audio (sorry for the bad speaker pun but it could not be helped), we would be remiss not to discuss music playback in an in-person or virtual setting. Music plays a key role in the flow of an event. It breaks up awkward transitions and sets the mood to prime your attendees for a day of learning.
There are many factors to consider and the topic can be downright confusing. Who is responsible for the licensing of copywritten music? What types of licenses do you need? Where are the best places to play music? Although background music is great, some of your presenters may want music during their introduction. Once the proper licensing is obtained, how do I get the music? Answering one question often leads to just more questions, and we could write another 10 blog posts just about that. Suffice to say that proper licensing is important and can lead to hefty fines if not done properly. PSAV has invested extensively to solve event music licensing issues and can provide both Royalty-Free Music options for virtual and hybrid events, as well as popular commercial music for live in-person events.
There, At Every Step
To impact adult learning, your message needs to be heard loud and clear. Before making decisions for your event audio speakers, always take into consideration what you are doing in your event space. Of course, PSAV is here to help and walk with you through your journey from the earliest stages of event planning, to successful event execution, and beyond.