The objective of a microphone in a well-engineered meeting room is not to be noticed at all by the users, unlike most of the pro-AV trade.
FREMONT, CA: Conference room audio is not meant to dazzle, entertain, or leave a lasting impression, only when done right. But this understates nature should not deceive an individual; there has been a flurry of innovation in conferencing mics in the past years. One of the most vital advancements noticed is that as sound capture technologies enhance significantly, the microphone installation options and methods also become much more flexible.
Customers are innovating and expanding microphone placement to include other parts of a meeting room, to be precise they also installed a microphone in the ceilings, in response to this companies started to produce custom ceiling-mount pieces for the microphones. Companies are designing microphones with reliability and durability in mind; it also harnesses Zoom’s internal digital sound processing (DSP) software to ensure optimal sound capture.
2019 was a significant year for the conferencing specialists’ microphones, in-ceiling and tabletop form factors both say Vaddio. The CeilingMIC and TableMIC microphones by Vaddio offer an in-built echo cancellation within the microphone pod, helping in simple multi-unit installations without the requirement for DSP systems.
Some companies have made recent advancements in areas of sophisticated DSP algorithms, which enable them with intelligent features and dramatically better the performance for the standard mics. Features like acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), feedback elimination, and noise-cancelling augment the pickup of the existing microphones in a conferencing space.
Going Up in the Ceiling
Companies are now designing mics that are headed upward specifically into the ceiling, and their products are designed to blend into a drop-ceiling grid. These integrated features can massively reduce the system design complexity, consume less rack space, simplify installation, and lower the costs.
It is undeniable that ceiling-mounted microphones are not the perfect fit for every space, after ceiling microphones being in the hype in the conferencing market for several years, a renaissance of the wireless tabletop microphone is observed. Since the genesis of tabletop mics, improvements have been made to their data stability, audio quality, and encryption.
Advanced sound, more straightforward setup, and insight in their status to safeguard their performance as intended with today’s microphones, makes it easier than ever to be sure that the people who use them hardly notice that they are there.