Jim gives sound advice on how you can get good audio from remote presenters appearing in your virtual events, and why it’s important.
How Audio Impacts Virtual Event Engagement — Jim Wilkens
The single most important measurement of the success of your virtual event is average watch time. So guess what bad audio will do to your engagement numbers? In this video, I’ll share some sound advice on how you can get good audio from remote presenters appearing in your virtual events, and why it’s important.
Nothing will make people click away faster than bad audio. Mediocre audio kills shows. In order to show you what I’m talking about, I’ve recorded a demo Zoom meeting over the internet. Take a look.
Now we’re recording this from my home over a Zoom call and you’re hearing me on the built-in microphone on my computer. It sounds okay and it’s probably what you’re used to hearing on a Zoom call. In my opinion, you want better quality for a live presentation to an important audience.
A headset microphone like this DPA is really the way to go. The headset microphone sits close to your mouth, stays with you and gets good, clear audio like what you’re hearing now. Lavalier microphones, also a good choice.
These are the ones we include in our remote presenter kits. It clips on, keeps close and it sounds great. We send out the lavs with these little USB interfaces that make plugging in your mic and headphones easy. And this brings me to what’s really the secret sauce of doing this right. Use an earpiece, headphones or a headset.
Right now I’m using this little ear piece that broadcasters use. The problem with using your computer’s built-in speaker is that an open speaker feeds into the microphones. Zoom has echo cancellation that fixes it but it really messes up the sound. Words are going to get cut off and the sound quality goes down in a noticeable way.
Wearing an ear piece or headphones and clicking the original sound button in Zoom fixes this problem.
Online events have real benefits. When you’re presenting online, you’re really presenting one-on-one with each viewer. Simple, use a close camera shot and a clear close-in microphone. If you’ve never done it I would encourage you to listen your own presentations later and improve your home or office setup. Even if you’re doing small group meetings it will help you to have a more professional presentation.
Just using the built-in mic and speakers on your computer might work okay on a backyard barbecue but it just isn’t acceptable on a stage in front of 300 people. And so with good audio, along with good lighting, a decent camera, background, and of course a solid hardwired internet connection, your online presentations can be engaging and accomplish something special.