"Testing--One, Two, Three"

Ever been to an event where the microphone didn't work? Or the microphone got placed too close to the speakers and the resulting squeal almost burst all of the ear drums in the room? There is nothing more frustrating than having the sound system malfunction. It's embarrassing to the host and distracting to the guests. The best way to avoid this problem is know who your AV contact is, whether via Scheduling Services or an outside company, well in advance. It's recommended to have a sound rehearsal with the AV coordinator the day before (or earlier) to ensure everything will work on the day of the event. During this rehearsal, make sure the sound reaches all parts of the room. Here are some additional checkpoints:

  • Microphone height is adjusted for speaker
  • Lighting is adjusted for room mood
  • Slide show and multimedia work
  • Music or video pieces sound good and are cued to play
  • All wires are taped down and out of sight
  • Microphone is turned ON before program begins

UNT President Neal Smatresk (Photo by Gary Payne)

Audiovisual Checklist:

  • Slide Projector
  • Extension Cords
  • Screens
  • LCD Projector
  • Video Projector
  • Computers
  • Overhead Projector
  • Microphone
  • Podiums
  • Television
  • Flip Charts
  • Laser Pointer
  • Telephone