Crisp audio recording for live events

One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your event is by investing in a quality audio recording. Whether you’re recording audio as part of a video or as its own stand-alone component, a crisp, clear audio recording can be leveraged in a number of ways long after your event has ended. 

Recording audio is a simpler process than video recording for most events. The file sizes are much smaller, which allows for easier storage and editing, and the costs associated with recording and editing audio are much lower than for video recording.  Live sound services preserve event audio for future listening.

Capture moments with quality audio recording

There are so many moments during events that are worth capturing. Moments like touching award acceptances, personal anecdotes from keynote speakers, or exciting musical performances are all unique and often can’t be repeated later. By capturing these special moments when they happen, you can use the audio recordings for archiving purposes ranging from a recap video or slideshow to social media footage. 

If your event budget doesn’t cover cameras and video recording, your AV team can still create a video of the event using your audio files, photos, and/or powerpoint presentations from the event. This can be a great archival tool if you are unable to invest in having video cameras at your event but still want to have a video so people can download it and relive the experience.

Investing in high quality audio will enable you to use your recording for many different projects. The equipment you choose the day of the event, along with the file types you save the recordings on, will affect the quality of your recording. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your recording devices and file formats. 

  • Audio recorder: Adding on a small digital recorder is inexpensive and is often all you need to get a clear audio recording.
  • Number of sound recording devices: The number or recording devices required per event will depend on a few factors. For example, if you have a panel discussion, you will want to have a microphone for each speaker, otherwise your speakers will have to pass the microphone amongst each other. 
  • File formats: The three main file formats are WAV, MP3, and RAW. The best file format for you depends on what the audio will be used for. WAV is a high-quality format that can take up more space than other formats but is more ideal for archiving and audio editing. MP3 is the most common and supported audio file format, and is a much smaller file size than WAV. However, MP3 files from sound recorders aren’t as high quality as other formats. RAW files are also an option but are typically reserved for high-end studio recordings and musical performances. 
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Audio Recording FAQs

How will I get the audio at the end of the event?

We will download all of the audio files onto USB sticks or a hard drive that we give to you at the end of the event. We can also upload the sound recording files to a cloud site if you prefer to have them available for download anywhere, any time.

Can I use just one microphone or do I need multiple mics?

The number of microphones you need depends on how much audio you want to pick up. If you just need to record one speaker at a podium, one mic will be fine. If you have a panel discussion with audience Q&As, then you will want to have a few microphones to make sure that everyone who is speaking has a microphone.