Is this thing on?


How many sound engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

Two… One. Two. One. Two.

See what I did there?

You may, or may not be aware that here at R&B Group we have a plethora of microphones! And there’s a reason for this. It’s a simple reason. They all do the job but all in a slightly different way.

Can you hear me at the back…?

I do many conferences where the lack of simple microphone technique is the bane of our sound engineer’s life. “There’s not much I can do unless you put the microphone near your mouth” is a common phase I hear from them.

They’re not suggesting you need to be Phil Collins or someone like that (in fact that would be awful – sorry Phil) but there are certain fundamentals that you need to understand and you’ll be shocked at the amount of people that don’t.

I recall once taking an inquiry from someone who, and I quote, “just wanted a microphone”.

Fair enough “What sort?” I ask.

“A wireless one” was the response.

“And what PA system are you putting it though?” I ask out of curiosity.

That’s when the conversation lead to me explaining certain laws of physics and that just having a microphone on it’s own really wasn’t going to work.

The point I’m trying to get to is that many people think that a microphone and PA system are magical things. They’re all the same, right? Well, no! Not right!

You need to consider the type of building (or maybe it’s outdoors). You need to consider a persons voice. Is it soft or booming – we rarely struggle with a Brian Blessed event – and let’s not forget the size of your audience and other ambient noise around you. All factors that need careful planning.

Essentially you will only get the level, quality and tone out of a system that you put in to it in the first place. Trust that our sound engineers will give you the appropriator tool for the environment – that may be hand held, lapel or jawline ‘Madonna’ type.

But please, help us to help you be heard. Push your shoulders back, project your voice as best you can and enunciate. But whatever you do, make sure the microphone is somewhere close to your mouth, not by your naval… you won’t make very good friends with our charming and affable sound engineers if you do that.