Ask the Pros: 7 Event Lighting and Sound Tips to Make Your Event Special

Posted by Jon Young on Jul 24, 2018 9:17:40 AM

Whether your big event is going to be in a stadium or arena or a hotel ballroom, everybody would love to have the same kinds of sound and lighting as the pros use. But what if you don't have access to all that big equipment? You can still use some of their tips.

"The impact of your event depends a lot on the talent and creativity of your AV team," says Mike Rice, production manager here at Heroic Productions.

So, if you want your event to be extra special, he suggests remembering that there shouldn't be a "standard" setup for sound and lighting. It should always be based on the venue. "You should mix sound in a glass wall ballroom completely differently than in a stadium," he notes.

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Topics: Event Production

8 Event Safety Tips to Keep Production Staff and Crew Safe

Posted by Jon Young on Jul 2, 2018 9:37:37 AM

Structural staging for events almost seems to materialize right before your eyes. It’s impressive, to be sure. But most non-AV folks don’t think about what it really takes to set up and tear down, or how critical event safety is during those processes. Equipment is heavy, and it’s fragile. So are human bodies. Rigging all that heavy equipment can be dangerous if you don't take proper safety precautions.

No one wants injuries whether minor or catastrophic. Following these tips will help ensure your event production staff and crew stay safe during setup and teardown.

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Topics: Event Production, Event Planning

Event Staging: 11 Tips for the Best Stage Setup

Posted by Jon Young on Jun 28, 2018 11:25:07 AM

If your event includes a presentation or performers, your stage should be the focal point of the room. But where should it go? The front of the room may seem obvious, but is that the best location? If people can’t comfortably see the action, your event will be a bust. These tips will help you determine the best event staging for your space.

Hint: Get your AV team involved in planning right from the beginning. That way, you can avoid overlooking vital details and get the best show on earth (or at least on your stage) for your budget.

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Topics: Event Production, Venue Tips, Event Planning

Lighting Considerations for Your Next Event [VIDEO]

Posted by Jon Young on Jun 26, 2018 10:46:12 AM

Lighting during an event plays a much bigger role than most people realize. When done right, lighting seamlessly creates a mood and enhances the theme of the event. But if you have never worked with lighting before, there are a few things you should know that will impact how it will affect the feel of your event. In this video, Heroic’s Jon and Steve talk through some key information to consider when choosing what type of lighting should be used at your next event.

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Topics: Event Planning, Event Production, Venue Tips, Video Blogs

From Aspect Ratio to Gobo: 10 Common AV Terms You Need to Know

Posted by Jon Young on Jun 22, 2018 1:12:49 PM

If aspect ratio, beam lights, rigging, and spot fixtures aren't familiar terms in your vocabulary, you likely don't work in the audio visual industry. But if you're an event planner, you may need to know these terms and others like it when working with a production company to host a stellar event.

When you can speak the lingo, it's much easier to communicate. No misunderstandings and no lengthy explanations needed. The more you know about the equipment your production company uses and its role in creating your event, the easier it will be to plan and execute flawlessly.

Here are a few of the most widely-used terms in AV you may not be familiar with.

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Topics: Event Technology, Event Production

Digital Projectors, LCD Screens, or LED Panels: Which is Right for my Event?

Posted by Jon Young on Jun 19, 2018 2:08:14 PM

Whether you're organizing a rock concert, a conference, or a family fun run, digital displays can help you create the right atmosphere and relay important information during large events. But with a wide variety of display options available – digital projectors, LED panels, LCD screens, etc. – you want to make sure you're choosing the right technology for your needs.

The display best suited for your event typically comes down to lighting, audience size, and the other staging elements available. Use this blog to choose the digital display that will make the biggest impact at your next event.

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Topics: Event Technology, Event Production

Elicit an Encore: Backline Considerations for Live Music at Your Next Event [VIDEO]

Posted by Jon Young on Jun 12, 2018 9:23:36 AM

Nothing brings an event to life better than live music. But if you have never worked with musicians before, there are a few things you should know that will impact how well the live entertainment performs during your event. From two guys who have lived the musician's life themselves, Heroic’s Jon and Steve talk through some key information to consider when planning to include a musical performance at your next event in this video.

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Topics: Event Production, Venue Tips, Video Blogs

Considerations for Video at Your Next Event [VIDEO]

Posted by Jon Young on May 31, 2018 9:40:01 AM

Incorporating video in your event is a great way to engage the audience and better showcase what is happening on stage. However, it’s not as easy as simply setting up a video camera and letting it roll. In fact, video is a common AV challenge we see frequently in the industry. You must consider a number of things – from screens and sightlines to the ambient lighting of the room. In this video, Jon and Steve will break down some key things to consider when adding video to your next event.

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Topics: Event Production, Video Blogs

Large-Scale Event Trends that are Turning Heads in 2018

Posted by Jon Young on May 3, 2018 9:59:24 AM

If you’re putting on a major event such as a national or international conference or a multi-day festival, it’s your outstanding array of “content” that will attract attendees. But, let’s face it. Today’s attendees expect a comprehensively outstanding experience — one that’s personalized for them. And the hottest event trends reflect that.

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Topics: Event Production, Trends

When Should I Include an Event Production Company in My Planning?

Posted by Jon Young on May 1, 2018 9:36:56 AM

You need lights, sound, maybe even video. You know you’re going to need an event production company to handle all that, and maybe more. But should you include them in your planning now, or wait until you have a clear plan ready to go?

We recommend bringing them in right from the top. Always.

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Topics: Event Production