When you imagine the future of audio-visual technology, what do you see? Although we can’t say for certain what will happen in the years and decades to come, we can discuss some of the trends to watch. Some trends may excite you (like virtual reality and adapting architecture), while others may prove frustrating at first (like the switch to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectors). Sit back, close your eyes, and let’s imagine the future . . .
Today we want to put a spotlight on stage lighting techniques. To light a stage for a concert, theatre performance, dance recital, or speech, you could stick to basic lighting that simply illuminates important elements of the stage. However, many productions require the use of more creative stage lighting techniques. Why not use lighting to convey the eerie, suspenseful mood of your play? Have you considered how the right lighting could refocus your audience’s attention during crucial parts of your concert? Plus, many stage lighting techniques can be used off-stage to light video shoots or provide décor for weddings and parties. Explore the possibilities to enhance your production.
Video conferencing saves businesses time and money, eliminates the restrictions of distance, and can increase productivity. As video conferencing gains popularity, it has become increasingly important that business owners and employees understand how to properly use the technology. To improve your experience through proficiency and etiquette, check out our video conferencing tips.
It’s always convenient when a product’s name matches up with its use. A slicer slices. A brush brushes. A trashcan is a can that holds trash. If you’re wondering how to control your home theater, look no further than a control system. Although you can use control systems to automate your entire house (to lift shades, to turn on music, to lock doors, to turn on the heater, etc.), today we’re focusing on how they can transform one room of your home into a personal cinema.
If you would rather stay at home than go to the movie theater these days, you’re not alone. Are you frustrated by soaring ticket prices and talking (or texting) moviegoers? Do you often find the chairs uncomfortable, sticky, or littered with popcorn? Or perhaps you simply prefer watching movies in your pajamas with a home-cooked meal or your favorite take-out? Whatever the case, if you want to bring the magic of the cinema home with you, you need to learn how to build a home theater. [Read more…]
Unlike a camera, which welcomes in light, a projector casts light out to present images upon a screen. With the right combination of projector and screen, you can impress your audience with crisp, clear images and a professional presentation. Projectors can assist with a variety of tasks, including movie nights at home, important business meetings, PowerPoint presentations, and slide shows. If you don’t know how to choose a projector, use the tips below to find a device that meets your needs.
A picture can capture a thousand words, they say, but what about a video? If you want to effectively preserve a moment, a video is your best bet. Whether you’re recording a friend’s wedding, your band’s first gig, or your school’s graduation ceremony, a video is the best way to share the moment with those who can’t attend and relive the moment yourself. If you don’t plan on preparing more videos in the future, look for a rental service to save money. Then, scroll down to peruse our tips for renting a camcorder.
Digital signage, which describes a variety of devices that display dynamic multimedia content in public venues, provides an efficient and effective means of communication. Unlike old-school, printed posters, you can change the visuals of digital signage at the drop of a hat, making it ideal for venues that shift from day to day. It can save you money on printed posters and signs. Plus, it can employ eye-catching visuals to attract the attention of passersby, making it a powerful medium in the worlds of advertising, entertainment, and information services. Scroll down to learn how digital signage works.
Audio-Visual products, systems, and services provide numerous benefits. They can improve a space’s efficiency, allow for effective communication, enhance an auditory experience, and expand a facility’s potential. From office boardrooms and school gymnasiums to hospital lobbies and hotel auditoriums, audio-visual services can upgrade and modernize underused rooms. If you need some help exploring the possibilities, check out the list below. Although not comprehensive, this list may awaken your creativity and motivate you to take advantage of the amazing A-V technology available these days.
Let’s start with some major audio-visual services, such as A-V design. With this service, a company can help you develop, implement, and/or install A-V systems. On a small scale, this might refer to the development of a music studio. On a large scale, it might encompass an entire concert arena and include a variety of products, from lights and microphones to speakers, amps, and LED screens. Look for an A-V company that can manage your project from the planning stage to completion, providing recommendations along the way and troubleshooting any issues that arise.
Going hand in hand with audio-visual design, A-V integration refers to the process of connecting various technologies to create a cohesive final project. This typically involves connecting devices (often through a series of matrix switchers) and programming software so that you can seamless switch between devices.
SOUND SYSTEM DESIGN
To build a successful sound system, you will need to do a lot more than simply throw some speakers in a room. The design of a modern sound system is surprisingly complex, often requiring diagrams, outlines, physics, and mathematics to properly balance the sound. For example, you will need to consider how sound spreads, the interaction of speakers, audio equalization, acoustic treatments, and more. A carefully designed sound system will take all of these issues (and many more) into account.
Audio-Visual and sound equipment is sometimes heavy and often expensive, which can make installation difficult. Once you finalize the design of your project, you will need to hire a company to properly install the technology. Ideally, this company will also provide maintenance and servicing for convenience.
One of the most essential audio-visual services is the sale of equipment. This includes the sale of audio equipment, video equipment, sound systems, control systems, TVs, projectors, stage lighting, and projection screens, amongst other products. Ideally, you will find a comprehensive solution that fits your needs and budget. In addition, for your own peace of mind, we encourage you to work with a company like Southwest A-V, which provides maintenance and installation in addition to equipment sales. That way, if you encounter any issues after purchasing your equipment, you can trust that the company will offer support.
Sometimes you only need A-V equipment for a temporary period, perhaps for a presentation or a performance. In these situations, it does not make sense to purchase thousands of dollars worth of equipment to outfit your venue. Instead, you can rent A-V equipment to suit your needs. For example, you might consider renting the following equipment:
- Portable Sound Systems
- LCD Projectors
- Projection Screen
- LED Video Walls
- LED TVs
- Professional and Consumer Grade Camcorders
- LED and LEKO Lighting
- Stages and Risers
FINDING AN A-V PARTNER
As you can see, the A-V industry entails a variety of products and services. From sales and rentals to design and installation, building an effective A-V system can be exhausting. To make the entire process run more smoothly, you need to work with a company you can trust every step of the way. Look for a reliable and experienced company that provides a variety of A-V services, so that you don’t have to run from company to company as the project proceeds.
If you need help buying, renting, designing, installing, or integrating A-V technology, contact Southwest Audio-Visual today. We supply a variety of A-V products and services, including audio-visual design and integration, equipment rentals, video conferencing, and event services. To get started, please contact us online or give us a call at 417-887-4900 (Springfield), 636-225-4327 (St. Louis), or 918-381-1964 (Tulsa). We would be happy to help you with all of your A-V needs.
As you may remember learning in science class as a child, sound waves continue to bounce around a room (reverberating) until they lose all of their energy. Smooth, hard surfaces reflect sound waves well; duller, rougher, and softer surfaces absorb more sound. This explains why you tend to hear more echoes in rooms with hard surfaces as opposed to those with soft carpeting, drapes, ceiling tiles, etc. If you want to minimize, diffuse, or eliminate sound reflections, consider installing acoustic panels. These sound-absorbing products can greatly improve your room’s acoustics. To learn about their benefits and where to put acoustic panels, please scroll down.
THE BENEFITS OF ACOUSTIC PANELS
Acoustic panels are available in a variety of styles and materials, and they vary in their type of sound treatment and their level of effectiveness. To select the right acoustic panels for your room and ensure that you make a smart investment, work with experienced and knowledgeable audio-visual professionals. If you use acoustic panels correctly, you can enjoy all of the following benefits:
- Prevention of ringing, repeating, and hollow sounds
- Prevention of echoes and other reverberation issues
- Assistance with noise control
- Elimination of excess sound (sound proofing)
Some people avoid acoustic panels, fearing they will destroy the aesthetics of a space or appear clunky and unappealing to the eye. Luckily, these days you can find acoustic panels in a range of styles to suit your decor and design preferences. For example, Southwest Audio-Visual blended a variety of audio-visual technology, including acoustical panels, into the Silver Dollar Room’s rustic decor to create a harmonious blend of rural simplicity and modern technology.
Acoustic panels most benefit rooms with multiple hard surfaces and spaces where sound is of critical importance. For example, you might find them in convention centers, gymnasiums, places of worship, boardrooms, cafeterias, and meeting halls. They are also very important in concert venues and recording studios, where musicians want to amplify direct sound (coming from their voices or instruments) and mitigate extraneous noises.
Luckily, deciding where to place acoustic panels is not crucial to their success. So if you base your decision largely on aesthetic preferences, you should still benefit from the panels’ presence. However, you can increase acoustic panels’ effectiveness by installing them in strategic places. For example, keep the following tips in mind:
By placing a panel in or near a corner of the room, you can increase its absorption per square foot. Therefore, you won’t need as many panels to achieve the same result.
Locate primary sound sources in the room (such as speakers) and place acoustic panels at their “first reflection points.” The first reflection point creates the most discernible echo in the room, and it can confuse the listener by adding sound clutter. This occurs because the sound reflected off this point arrives at the listener’s ear just after the sound that reaches the ear directly.
There are two main types of acoustic panels: absorbers and diffusers. Absorbers, as you might expect, absorb sound energy, reducing reverberation and muffling noises. Diffusers, on the other hand, scatter sound energy, controlling it and improving the room’s overall sound quality.
Don’t “deaden” the room by absorbing all the sound with panels. This can be disconcerting and uncomfortable as well. Instead, use some diffusers to bounce the sound to different areas
If you would like to improve the auditory experience of a room by adding acoustic panels, please contact Southwest Audio-Visual. We provide a variety of A-V products and services, including acoustic treatments like sound panels, absorbers, diffusers, and barriers. Plus, we have worked in a variety of venues, including convention centers, gymnasiums, cafeterias, boardrooms, and meeting halls, and we can help you decide where to put acoustic panels. To get started, please contact us online or give us a call at 877-887-4900 (Springfield) or 636-225-4327 (St. Louis). We would be happy to help you with all of your A-V needs.