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Squeals. Feedback. Piercing volume. Bad acoustics can cause headaches – literally and figuratively – at even the finest celebrations. How can you ensure the best sound quality at your next event? Here’s what I’ve learned in my 25+ years in the music industry:
- Know where to seat people. Contrary to popular opinion, the best seats in the house aren’t always in the front. Do you want your VIPs just a couple feet from the loudspeakers? If you can, seat younger folks closer to the stage, as they tend to appreciate loud music the most.
- Insist on sound checks. This may seem obvious, but most bands skip this step. Ask your band to arrive early to check for feedback and other undesirable sound effects. (Our band automatically performs sound checks 1.5 hours before cocktails.)
- Mind the mics. The keynote speakers and the band should use separate microphones, because speaking and singing have different acoustical requirements. A qualified sound engineer will know how to adjust the settings.
- Make sure the band hears what you hear. Most bands have just one sound engineer working from the stage. However, music sounds differently on the stage than it does on the floor. We employ a second sound engineer who walks around the room and mixes the band with his iPad. Having a crew member on the floor makes a world of difference.
At BVTLive!, our bandleaders ensure that each one of these steps is taken for every event that our bands perform at. To book one of our bands for your next event, call us at (610) 624-2107 or fill out our contact form.