Archives : 2016 : February

Is More Speaker Really Better?

February 24th, 2016

Back to the Future

Pretty much the coolest thing you can do with audio is make a huge wall of speakers (or single huge speaker like Marty McFly in Back to the Future) by tying them all together and then, BLAST THE MUSIC! Well, at least that is what I thought years ago. Hey, it makes sense, right? Most people truly believe that the more speakers you have, the higher the chance you’ll get that euphoric immersive feeling of “surround sound.” However, in this post I will uncover three commonly overlooked points when plugging in all those speakers. Read more »

Microphone Placement is Everything!

February 17th, 2016

woman public speakingToday I’d like share about best practices for where to place a fixed microphone when using one for speaking. These best practices apply to everyone including sports announcers for the Big Ten Conference, presidential candidates from a lectern, and also general handheld applications.

The speaking voice is a source, and like your radio or music player, it creates sound and it projects its sound to the listener. To increase the quality of your voice for listeners, you need to apply a sound system, i.e speakers and microphones. When using these pieces of equipment, a speaker must consider placement, which I will cover for you here. Read more »

Noise Creates Office Monsters

February 10th, 2016

Stressed businesswoman covering her ears with handsJulian Treasure, the Sound Master, is a sought-after and top-rated international speaker. Collectively his five TED talks on various aspects of sound and communication have been viewed an estimated 30 million times. Click to watch Julian’s quick 1:49 video, “Office Monsters,” as he relates how sound effects human behavior and describes how Armstrong Total Acoustics™ ceilings can help you provide the right combination of sound absorption and blocking to make offices a more effective place to work.

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Creating a “Customer First” Experience with Digital Technology

February 2nd, 2016

mondopad higherEd


Classrooms are changing! Students are changing! Colleges are changing! In a November 2015 report, Hanover Research explored a variety of trends that have developed in higher education marketing and branding, as well as in student recruitment, enrollment, and advancement. Specifically, they closely examined how technology will impact higher education in the future. Read more »