Fall Follow-Up

Oncore AV has been busy this fall, so we’d like to bring you up to date on some of our recent events. From large retreats hosted at the Grand Hotel, to High School football games in the Whitecaps stadium, OAV was on top of things! 

October 4th we headed to the Fifth Third Ballpark for the South Christian V.S. East Grand Rapids High School football game. OAV’s partnership with West Michigan Whitecaps allows us the opportunity to provide support for specialty events like these! OAV prepared announcements, graphics on the big screen, and a full audio visual crew for the game. The baseball diamond was converted to a football field to allow the two high school teams to play for a cheering stadium crowd, which gave the players the full all-star experience! Additionally, it allowed OAV a variation from our regular baseball-heavy schedule.

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The next day our crew turned around and headed to the Grand Hotel for the Celebrate Your Marriage Retreat, hosted by Jay and Laura Laffoon. This is the 22nd year OAV has provided AV support for the retreat, making it one of our longest running events. We are able to provide lights, sound, and video for Celebrate Your Marriage, and occasionally some dance moves! Even with our expertise, Mackinac Island’s car ban always poses some difficulty. The event has grown each year requiring a lot of new technology, and moving it on horse drawn carts is not always a breeze. However, with each trip to the island our staff improves their strategy and efficiency!  After arriving at the hotel, the set up went smoothly and the event went on for 2 days complete with conferences, couples activities, and even a break for the Hokey Pokey!

Stop three was Hops ‘N Highlands at Boyne Highlands resort. OAV’s partnership with Boyne Highlands allows us to provide AV for all in-house meetings and gatherings, and sometimes that means large festivities such as Hops ‘N Highlands. OAV was able to provide a stage, sound, and lights to elevate this already lively event! Although the outdoor venue was a big change for our staff, they faced the rain and wind and successfully put together the audio visuals for this event. Saturday’s festival included booths from local breweries, as well as stein hoisting competitions, and performances by Huckleberry Groove.IMG_0129.jpg

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AV Planning Guide

When planning for an event or presentation it is a good idea to consider an Audio Visual service. It can be difficult to know exactly where to start, below we’ll outline a starting point to help your AV team get the information they need to execute your event or presentation flawlessly. Start by asking yourself a few questions about your event.

How big is this event?

Knowing the number of attendees will be a major factor in the equipment and staff needed for the event. The venue size is also important to note, as sound carries differently in larger rooms than in smaller rooms, and indoors versus outdoors. The size of your event can also influence the visual components. Bigger events may need large screens to broadcast visuals to the entire audience without obstruction. 

What kind of event is this?

Knowing the line up of your event is crucial. If the event is showcasing speakers or presentations you may want to consider wireless microphones. If your event is showcasing musical performances of any kind you may need larger speakers or microphone stands.  Perhaps you want to magnify the speaker onto screens so their face can be seen by everyone, or you could stream the performance to be seen world-wide!  

When is your event taking place, and in what conditions?

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If your venue has windows and your event is during the day there would be no need for additional lighting, however there are plenty of situations where you would want to light your subject. If your event is taking place outdoors at night, or even indoors in dim lighting you may need stage lights in order to showcase your speaker and set them apart from the audience. Perhaps you are interested in colorful lighting to convey mood or enhance your performance.

 

Do you want a recording of your event?

This is a factor that is often overlooked but can be very valuable. Maybe you would like to keep the video to use for training purposes later on, or potentially hand out a recording of the event as a keepsake for the guests. Having one or more cameras documenting the event is an investment you may want to consider. 

 

All of these things are important to contemplate when planning for an event. Although it can seem overwhelming at first Oncore AV is here to assist you, and specializes in designing a setup to fit your specific needs. Reach out to our sales team today to get the assistance you need to make your event perfect! 

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AV Tips for Presenters

Whether you are watching or presenting, it’s likely you’ve experienced the uncomfortable moment of a presentation having ‘technical difficulties.’ A video won’t play, the projector won’t turn on, the audience can’t hear the presenter, etc. The list of potential problems is a long one, and although sometimes these events are unavoidable, there are several things you can do as a presenter to help the audio-visual components run smoothly. 

Number one: Practice makes perfect! Running through your presentation before you are in front of an audience is crucial. Run-throughs not only help to calm your nerves, but also gives the AV Technicians a feel for your pace and a chance to test the equipment and work out any potential issues beforehand. 

Number two: Back it up! Having two copies of your presentation eliminates any possibility of losing your information. The ideal places to store your presentation are online, and on a “hard copy.” For example, saving on both google drive and a flash drive.

Number three: Dress to impress! Surprisingly, what you wear can have an effect on the AV aspects of your presentation. Patterned shirts, such as pinstripes or small polka dots can appear blurry or grainy on video. Also, keep in mind you may have to attach a microphone to your clothing. Articles like turtlenecks and bulky sweaters can be difficult to mic, and clothing without pockets or belts will be nearly impossible to attach a battery pack to. 

Number four: Speak up! There is only so much a microphone can do to enhance your sound. Whispering closely into a mic can create feedback and make it even more difficult for the audience to hear you. A good rule of thumb for handheld microphones is to hold the mic approximately two to three inches diagonally from your face, tipped up so the audience can see your face! This will send your sound directly into the mic and give you a crisp, clear voice. 

Having an Audio Visual company, like Oncore AV,  assist with your presentations can help insure that everything runs smoothly. Taking some of the set up and preparations off of your plate can free you up to focus more on your content. Having a technician can boost your confidence that everything will run smoothly, and gives you peace of mind knowing that we have your back! Keep these tips in mind to help your AV technicians insure you have a great presentation.

Audio Visual Support for Traverse City Pit Spitters

May 28th was a special day in Traverse City. The field was freshly painted and you could smell the hot dogs being grilled. It was opening day for the new baseball team the Traverse City Pit Spitters. The Pit Spitters joined the Northwoods League, a college summer wood bat league this year; and had a great start to their season winning their first game 2-1 against the Green Bay Booyah.

Oncore AV is happy to have the opportunity to work with the Pit Spitters this season. Similar to the services we provide their new owners, the West Michigan Whitecaps, we support and staff the Pit Spitters audio visual needs. Oncore has installed a new video production system and infrastructure for the ballpark. Our team works alongside the Northwoods League to send out a live stream of all of the Pit Spitters home games. These streams can be found on the Northwoods League website.

It has been great to be a part of this seasons start at Pit Spitters Ballpark and we are looking forward to supporting them with AV services for the rest of the season.

Click the following link for the Pitt Spitters schedule. Pit Spitters

 

 

Partnership with Boyne Resorts

We like to stay busy here at Oncore AV and for that reason, we are very excited about a brand new partnership with Boyne Resorts properties as their exclusive audio visual supplier and coordination team! Starting this year, we’ll be bringing our excellent professional a/v knowledge and experience to Boyne Highlands and The Inn at Bay Harbor, adding yet another layer to their already wonderful resort experience.

From Boyne’s website:

In Michigan, Boyne Resorts’ portfolio currently includes Michigan’s two premier mountain and golf resorts, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain; and the Inn at Bay Harbor, in addition to eight other resorts across North America. This family owned company continues to build and improve four-season destinations to fit “a way of life” for the active families and friends who gather there. Offering the very best in golf, ski, tennis, biking, hiking and cross-country skiing together with luxurious accommodations, fine dining, cozy restaurants and lounges and exquisite spa facilities, Boyne remains a leader in the industry.

Oncore AV has plenty of experience providing audio visual services to the hotel industry from Rotary events that take place around the Midwest to providing for more logistically challenging customers such as the Grand Hotel. No matter the challenge, we’re up to the task of ensuring the success of all our live events.

Through this partnership, OAV hopes to further bring professional quality audio visual services to the northern Michigan area! Find out more about Boyne Resorts by visiting their website. Feel free to contact OAV with any questions, comments or concerns at our website or our Facebook page.

Partnership with West Michigan Whitecaps

Oncore AV is pleased to announce a partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps in the coming 2019 season as their exclusive audio visual providers. In previous years, OAV has provided video engineering services to ensure a smooth broadcast to MiLB every home game night. We will be bringing the same quality and professionalism to our audio and content management services.

Last year was the Whitecaps’ 25th season anniversary and the ballpark celebrated with several updated graphics, new games, themed nights at the park, as well as welcoming their 10 millionth fan to the park! Every season certainly does have a story.

OAV is looking forward to making the Whitecaps’ 26th season the best one yet with the help of a graphic design and audio visual team dedicated to creating fun and professional animations, videos, and stills as well as delivering quality sound and video coverage to highlight all the fun to be had at the park.

Be sure to check out some Whitecaps baseball this summer and see our work in person at Fifth Third Field. Their 2019 season opens on Saturday, April 6th! You can find a schedule of the rest of their season here.

As always, be sure to visit our home on the web or on Facebook to see what Oncore AV can do for you!

Oncore AV Welcomes Ben Tafelski as Regional Sales Manager

January 14, 2019 – Oncore AV is excited to announce Ben Tafelski has joined our team as our Regional Sales Manager.

Ben brings to us his nearly ten years of experience in marketing and sales by way of live events, plastics, automotive, and steel industries. He has previously worked with a diverse clientele in both government agencies and the private sectors.

Ben is a Michigan native having grown up in the Grand Rapids area, though venturing out to Kalamazoo, Houston, TX, and Charleston, SC.  Ben ultimately decided to move back to his roots in order to be closer to friends and family. Ben holds a B.B.A in Marketing with an emphasis on Advertising from Davenport University.

In his role prior to joining Oncore AV, Ben began his professional services coordinating a vast variety of live events with several high profile clients in the greater Grand Rapids area.  From there he branched off into the plastics industry where he grew the company’s list of clients; landing clients such as Volkswagen, GM, and Jeep. Among the new responsibilities, Ben can expect to handle at Oncore AV, he will be instrumental in increasing the company’s visibility by continuing to help with the current growth of the company.

Bill Gilbert, President of Oncore AV, expressed “We’re extremely excited to have Ben come on board. His depth of knowledge, leadership, management capabilities, and great sense of humor will complement our growing team of seasoned executives.”

Oncore AV specializes in audio visual management for live events. For more information, contact Kasey Nemetz at (616) 259-9193.

Customers and current employees are also invited to reach out to Ben with their messages of congratulations and welcome him to the new position by emailing him at bentafelski@oncoreav.com

Blythfield Hills Baptist Church – Northview Campus

One of our top clients, Blythfield Hills Baptist Church, recently underwent a moderate audio visual upgrade to the sanctuary of their Northview campus.  The facility requested to use Allen & Heath products, with which they are familiar and use at their many other facilities.  So Oncore AV was able to match them to a GLD2-112 console that would meet their needs.  This particular model was ideal for Northview because they needed more faders on their surface.  This particular model has an extra bank of 8 control strips, increasing the channel count to 28 fader strips in 4 layers.

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GLD is a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system. Image courtesy of Allen & Heath.

We also provided a Mini Multi Out Option Card, specifically from Allen & Heath, that allowed the new Allen & Heath equipment to interface with their existing deployment of a Behringer in-ear monitor system.  This helped to save the client money while still providing high quality functionality.

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The Mini Multi-Out card provides a variety of formats of multi-channel digital output at 48kHz sampling rate. Image courtesy of Allen & Heath.

For more information on how Oncore AV can help you get the most out of your place of worship or business, contact us at 616-259-9193 or visit us at our home on the web!

 

 

 

Installation Spotlight: Ensley Baptist Church Pt. 2

Oncore AV strives to match each client with the ideal equipment that will compliment their space, function in accordance to their needs and work within their budget. For our recent installation at the Ensley campus of Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, we wanted to equip them with a video projector that would provide a higher level of clarity and brightness that the sanctuary deserved. The Epson Pro L1300UNL Laser Projector was chosen because of it’s 4K Enhancement Technology, which delivers astonishing picture quality — every subtle intricacy is captured.

The clear picture provides the congregation with beautifully crisp images, videos and presentations.

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For more information on how Oncore AV can help you get the most out of your place of worship, contact us at 616-259-9193 or visit us at our home on the web!

Installation Spotlight: Ensley Baptist Church

One of Oncore AV’s core beliefs is to help organizations and small businesses be seen and heard. Most recently, we had the opportunity to work with the local Blythefield Hills Baptist Church on their latest expansion to the new Ensley campus in Sand Lake.  For this renovation, Oncore AV was challenged to design and install an entirely new A/V system that would work with the budget of the project as well as meet the needs of the church.

At Ensley, Oncore AV used JBL products like the CBT 1000 line array speaker, a great choice for a place of worship, as they offer tapered horizontal wave-guide which delivers superior coverage in both the front and rear corners of a room and to provide consistent front-to-back sound levels and clarity.  The speakers also blend in with the space’s decor aesthetic.  The sleek design and low profile allowed the speakers to virtually “disappear” into the design of the back wall of the sanctuary.

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The sleek design of the CBT 1000 speakers camouflages them against the background design of the sanctuary. Can you see them hanging just beneath the first row of lights?

Oncore AV strives to match each client with the ideal set of equipment that will compliment their space, function in accordance to their needs and work within their budget.

For more information on how Oncore AV can help you get the most out of your place of worship, contact us at 616-259-9193 or visit us at our home on the web!