PA System & Speaker Hire London

August 5, 2020
Written by
Buster Bennett
PA System & Speaker Hire London

Planning for Mobile Performances - What Kit Do You Need?

It’s great news that as of August, wedding receptions of up to 30 guests will be allowed. Plans have also been announced for live performances to resume - meaning it isn’t long until we can get back to doing what we do best!

When gatherings, house parties and mobile events are allowed to resume, you’re going to make sure you’ve got the right equipment to match the occasion. In this short article, I’ll endeavour to provide some top tips on what you’ll need to hire in when the day finally comes round!

If you have any questions on anything discussed in this article, please contact Grand Technical. With that said, let’s get to it!

1. DJ Decks

I’m going to skip ahead here and presume that you already have your own collection of music - be it CDs, USB sticks, Vinyl or a Windows or MacBook Pro Setup (if you don’t, it might be a bit too soon to be planning a live performance). So once this area has been covered, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to mix. Now whilst venues such as clubs, bars and occasionally even pubs will have equipment installed, it’s safe to bet that pretty much everywhere else will not.

If you are using a laptop to perform, hiring or purchasing a USB controller can be particularly handy when playing out and about. These are all-in-one systems that comprise of 2 channels (sometimes 4) and a mixer all built into one, meaning you don’t have to connect all of your cables when you arrive at the venue. Moreover, they’re considerably lighter than carrying two separate decks and a mixer.

However, if you want maximum control - you are probably better off getting hold of a pair of CDJs and a Mixer. Contact us for more information on where to get hold of these. We sell DJ equipment at special discounted prices, cheaper than all the shops just for our students!

2. Sound System

Once the music side of things is taken care of, you’re going to need to decide how to reproduce it! Now of course, the type of speaker you are going to need will vary depending on the size of the room, the height of the room (yes, rooms with high ceilings are different to those with low ceilings!) and the amount of guests present. The more people you have, the more volume will be soaked up by the crowd.

As a rule of thumb, if you are playing in someone’s lounge, or a small room inside a private venue, you may only need 2 Speakers on stands. For this, I would recommend going for the Mackie SRM 450 V3’s. If you are playing something that requires a little more punch in the low end, consider adding a Mackie SRM1850 sub to the mix!

3. Lighting Rig

Now the last mention on this list is perhaps a little more optional. If you do have the budget to spend on lighting - then I would absolutely recommend going for it. Most small rooms do not need a lot in the way of lighting in order to create a lively atmosphere.

For living rooms, hiring a small laser can often be a great starting point. Our favourite is the Panoramic Rain laser, which produces a range of patterns similar to those in the picture above (although please note, there is more than one laser in said picture).

Another great option is to go for 2 moving heads. These are sprightly, energetic fixtures that turn in time with the music, projecting a range of patterns and colours across the room. If you really want to wow the guests or customers at your next performance, these are definitely the lights to go for.

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