Good quality audio is a priority for your virtual event. You message will get delivered through your voice. Make sure you are heard!
If you're just broadcasting yourself in a room, using an external mic can go a long way.
If you are streaming from a full audio console in a live room, using an auxiliary send so you have separate control from what comes out of the speakers in the room. The key here is: take control of your audio!
Headphones & Ear Buds
In most cases, as a presenter you'll be in front of a computer. If you have a headset with a mic, that's a decent option because the headphones will keep the microphone from picking up the sound from your speakers.
This will help to eliminate echo and feedback.
Having headphones or ear buds is one of the most important thing you can do on a recording with 2-way communication, so your microphone isn't picking up the sound coming out of your speakers.
In addition to headphones, you can also use an independent USB microphone. A reasonably priced recommendation is the Blue Yeti Nano (Amazon: $79 USD) or it's bigger brother, the Blue Yeti (Amazon: $109). You can also use Bluetooth headsets, like the Apple AirPods (Apple: $159 USD). These isolate the sound you need to hear from the microphone as well. A budget friendly option might be something like the JBL Live 220 (Amazon: $59 USD).
When having multiple microphones, speakers and headsets connected to your computer, be sure to test each microphone to make sure you are using the one that sounds the best. If using Bluetooth headphones like AirPods, frequently the best option may be to use the Bluetooth headphones as the "speaker" and the built-in computer microphone to capture the sound instead of the speakers built into the Bluetooth headphones. This option will still isolate the interviewer's audio coming through the ear buds so that won't get picked up by the microphone, and it will use the mic in the computer which may not have the algorithms affecting the audio like the Bluetooth headphones may utilize.
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If you are producing an event remotely from multiple locations, be sure you have a side-channel communication for the producer(s) and technician(s) in each location. This could be as simple as a conference call, as advanced as an IP-linked comm system with base stations in each location sync'ed together with technicians on headset in each location, or somewhere in between. We can help you figure out the best solution for your needs, contact us today.